Concurrent RF/Microwave PCB Design

Michael Craig Heimlich, P Viklund

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Concurrent RF/microwave and PCB design can successfully be carried out by treating both design teams as equal partners. The library can be created automatically in the RF/microwave tool based on the 'golden' PCB library, which is automatically refreshed. RF/microwave tool's layout or a single attribute can also be used to specify moving the pin location to the front or back edge of the pad. Automation in the integration uses the component body to identify 'front' and 'back' and move the pin dynamically for each padstack instance. The co-design provides RF-designers full access to the PCB data for parametric circuit design. This method also provide PCB designer to make changes in the RF block with simple mouse clicks and send the entire-circuit-level simulatable block to the RF engineer for simulation and re-certification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-33
Number of pages4
JournalPrinted Circuit Design and Fab
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


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