RF power amplifier testing

RF power amplifier testing

From wafer to design-in

Power amplifiers are a crucial part of any RF design. These essential components get the RF signal to the right power level for transmission and the strength the receiver needs to recognize and decode the signal. Various applications, from low noise amplifiers often used at receiver frontends to high power amplifiers used at larger broadcast systems, face challenges such as signal distortion, power consumption, and a variety of measurements and reruns.

Rohde & Schwarz solutions help you verify your design with unmatched RF measurement performance, dynamic low level power consumption analysis and high test speed.

Learn more in our brochure "RF amplifier testing – from wafer to design-in".

Webinar: From design to real RF device - connecting EDA simulation and hardware test


From design to real RF device – connecting EDA simulation and hardware test

This webinar is intended for engineers who design RF components and systems using tools for simulation and hardware test.

Webinar: From design to real RF device - connecting EDA simulation and hardware test


Investigate RF power amplifier linearization benefits in EDA - including a comparison to hardware test

Broadcast Date: December 01, 2021

This webinar is intended for engineers who design RF frontends and RF power amplifiers and striving for the best possible error vector magnitude (EVM) performance.

Webinar: The two pillars of 5G - Energy and spectral efficiency


The two pillars of 5G - Energy and spectral efficiency

The session discusses the twin pillars of 5G deployment by operators: spectral efficiency (capacity) vs. energy efficiency (cost). We try to answer the question of how to increase network capacity while at the same time decreasing the network cost for both 5G FR1 and FR2 wireless networks.

Power amplifier efficiency optimization

Power amplifier efficiency optimization

While the target application dictates the RF requirements, efficiency and cost are the main differentiating factors for RF power amplifier solutions. Various techniques can be used to improve efficiency, e.g. technologies such as GaN with increased energy density. Envelope tracking and digital predistortion (DPD) extend the linear range of amplifiers. Classic multipath structures such as Doherty and outphasing amplifiers are experiencing a comeback in current designs.

RF power amplifier performance verification

RF power amplifier performance verification

When designing and using an RF power amplifier in a dedicated application such as a 5G base station, the system requirements for RF performance concerning EVM, ACLR, linear range, harmonics and output power are given. However, compliance with system requirements needs to be ensured.

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