AWR and Rohde & Schwarz will host a webinar about low noise amplifier (LNA). The webcast is titled, LNA Design and Characterization Using Modern RF/Microwave Software and Test & Measurement Instruments. The online seminar will feature live video segments demonstrating the use of test instruments performing measurements on a prototype low noise amplifier (LNA). Microwave Office will be used to demonstrate useful practices in the virtual prototyping stage. An actual LNA will be measured using a ZVA (Rohde & Schwarz’s Vector Network Analyzer). The event will take place Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 9 am PST.
LNA Design and Characterization Webcast
In this webcast, Microwave Office is used to demonstrate the virtual prototype design stage with a focus on common LNA design concerns, revealing and quantifying sensitive circuit parameters. From these results, an actual LNA prototype is fabricated and characterized using a ZVA, R&S Vector Network Analyzer. Microwave Office and the ZVA data are integrated to bring the measured and simulated results together for instantaneous comparison and virtual model verification. In addition to linear S-parameters, certain non-linear figures of merit, such as gain compression and inter-modulation are also performed both through simulation and measurement for comparison. Moreover, noise figure characterization is performed as a standard ZVA measurement without the need for a characterized noise source.