RF hardware design is complex and oftentimes a challenge for embedded designers. For instance, parasitic effects that are not typically a concern in low frequency applications can have a major impact on RF performance as you move into higher frequency ranges. Different wireless hardware designs require special certification requirements, and designing and testing wireless hardware takes a special set of skills and equipment. These are only a few factors that must be considered.
Laird’s new white paper, RF Design Considerations, explores some of the key components of RF design and their implications on system performance. Topics include:
- A review of RF and the characteristics engineers should be aware of
- Basic components and how to manage potential parasitic effects in complex models
- PCB design characteristics including impedance matching, transmission line, antenna selection and placement
- How to work around parasitic effects in PCB designs
- DFX considerations