The need for new high-frequency, solid-state circuitdesign techniques has been recognized both by micro-wave engineers and circuit designers. These engi-neers are being asked to design solid state circuitsthat will operate at higher and higher frequencies.The development of microwave transistors and Agilent Technologies’ network analysis instrumen-tation systems that permit complete network char-acterization in the microwave frequency rangehave greatly assisted these engineers in their work.The Agilent Microwave Division’s lab staff hasdeveloped a high frequency circuit design seminarto assist their counterparts in R&D labs through-out the world. This seminar has been presentedin a number of locations in the United States andEurope.From the experience gained in presenting this orig-inal seminar, we have developed a four-part videotape,
S-Parameter Design Seminar.
While the tech-nology of high frequency circuit design is everchanging, the concepts upon which this technologyhas been built are relatively invariant.The content of the
S-Parameter Design Seminar
A.S-Parameter Design Techniques–Part I
(Part No. 90i030A586, VHS; 90030D586,
Basic Microwave Review–Part I
This portion of the seminar contains a review of:a.Transmission line theoryb.S-parametersc.The Smith Chartd.The frequency response of RL-RC-RLCcircuits2.
Basic Microwave Review–Part II
This portion extends the basic concepts to:a.Scattering-Transfer or T-parametersb.Signal flow graphsc.Voltage and power gain relationshipsd.Stability considerations
B.S-Parameter Design Techniques Part II
(Part No. 90030A600, VHS; 90030D600,
In this portion, the characteristics of microwave transistors and the network ana-lyzer instrumentation system used to meas-ure these characteristics are explained.2.
High Frequency Amplifier Design
The theory of Constant Gain and ConstantNoise Figure Circles is developed in this por-tion of the seminar. This theory is thenapplied in the design of three actual amplifiercircuits.The style of this application note is somewhatinformal since it is a verbatim transcript of these video tape programs.Much of the material contained in the seminar,and in this application note, has been developedin greater detail in standard electrical engineeringtextbooks, or in other Agilent application notes.The value of this application note rests in itsbringing together the high frequency circuit designconcepts used today in R&D labs throughout theworld.We are confident that Application Note 154 andthe video taped
S-Parameter Design Seminar
willassist you as you continue to develop new high fre-quency circuit designs.