RF PCB Design & Layout

Start date: 09 September 2024

Duration: 5 x 1.5 hours, 9:00 to 10:30am, Mon - Fri

Location: Online course

Certificate: N/A

Cost: Members €200 pp; Non-members €300

Course code: N/A

Programme overview

This course provides 5 x 1.5 hour lectures given by high frequency PCB design experts Tony Richards and Robert Smith from PRFI.
The course is being postponed from 29 Apr- 3 May to 9 - 13 Sept, which suits potential participants better.
This course was previously run on: 28th Feb - 4th Mar 2022, 19th - 23rd April 2021 and 9th - 15th Dec 2020.

Learning outcomes

PCB Design and layout techniques for RF and microwave frequency operation and high frequency digital signals with sensitive analog signals on the same board.

Who is the course for?

Experienced electronic engineers / technicians in circuit design, evaluation, test and application roles, who wish to deepen their knowledge of RF and microwave frequency PCB design and layout techniques and to learn from world class experts on these topics.


1 x 1.5 hour lecture per working day for 5 consecutive days:

1) Introduction: Challenges of designing high performance, high-speed PCBs
2) Addressing the needs of sensitive analog systems and covering
Components in analog systems
3) Generation and impact of Digital signal noise and covering
4) Mechanisms for interference transfer
5) Digital noise generation in ICs
6) RF Components and Interconnections
7) PCB Technology
8) PCB Layout

Trainer Profile

Tony Richards is a Principal Consultant Engineer with PRFI Ltd. He has extensive experience in the design of RF and microwave frequency PCBs as well as PCBs combining high speed/frequency digital signals in the presence of sensitive analog signals. Tony has imparted his expert knowledge in this area with training courses given to a large range of client companies involved in electronics R&D. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Robert Smith is Commercial Director for PRFI. His experience encompasses designing on GaAs and GaN processes at Qorvo, MACOM (formerly Wolfspeed) and WIN Semiconductors. Robert has written multiple conference and industrial journal papers and is on the Editorial Review Board for the Microwave Journal. He has run multiple training courses both online and in-person, including MMIC design and PCB design, and has presented at many RF and microwave seminars.

Contact training@midasireland.ie to book places

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