Friday, July 5, 2013

VSWR, its relationship with the return loss

The voltage standing wave ratio and the return loss ( and its related quantity, the reflection coefficient)are all related to each other. Once any one of these can be calculated, measured or simulated the others can be derived. These quantities become specially important in the case of matching network design ( as in Rf Power amplifiers for example). A brief paper by the technical team at Signal Processing Group Inc., describes this. The paper may be found at > Engineering pages by interested readers.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Classes of RF Power amplifiers and how to use them

RF power amplifiers come in multiple classes. A, B, C, D, E,F etc. Some of these are highly efficient but more non-linear. The Class A amplifier for example is very linear in operation but dissipates a lot of DC power. In order to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each, it is useful to study the characteristics of these types of amplifiers. An interesting paper was found in the literature which in our opinion is a good one for the student of RF amplifier classes. The reference is provided below for interested parties. " RF Power Amplifiers, Classes A through S -- how they operate, and when to use each". By, Sokal, N.O. Design Automation, Lexington, MA, USA. Published in the Electronics Industries Forum of New England, 1997, Professional Program Proceedings, Boston, MA. 6 -8 May, 997. pp 179-252.