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RF Design,analog

  • Simulating Crystal Oscillators is Much Easier in MMSIM12.1 - Part 2

    Greetings, Simulating crystal oscillators got a lot easier in MMSIM12.1... We have made enhancements to both Harmonic Balance and transient analyses. In Part 1 , I discussed Improvements to the Harmonic Balance use model. With the new streamlined Choosing Analyses form, you now can focus on getting your...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Thu, Dec 20 2012
  • Simulating Crystal Oscillators is Much Easier in MMSIM12.1 - Part 1

    Greetings! Simulating Crystal Oscillators got a lot easier in MMSIM12.1... We have made enhancments to both Harmonic Balance and Transient analyses. In Part 1, I’ll cover Improvements to the Harmonic Balance use model. With a streamlined Choosing Analyses form you can now focus on the simulation...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Wed, Dec 19 2012
  • MMSIM12.1 SpectreRF Preview of Coming Attractions! - Part 1

    Greetings! MMSIM 12.1 contains many new features to aid RF designers. Here's a preview of the changes... Documentation Improvements The SpectreRF User Guide is being completely rewritten and updated for MMSIM12.1. Check it out - I'm sure you'll really like it! Harmonic Balance Improvements...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Mon, Nov 12 2012
  • Measuring Bipolar Transistor ft with Fixed Base-Collector Voltage

    Recently I had a question from reader. He asked a good question: "How do you to measure a bipolar transistor's ft when the base-collector voltage, Vbc, is fixed?" Attached is a modified version of the testbench that allows a user to measure ft with a fixed Vbc. While the aesthetics are...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Art3 on Tue, Jun 12 2012
  • Modeling Oscillators with Arbitrary Phase Noise Profiles

    When you need to include noisy oscillators in SpectreRF transceiver simulations, you have at least 3 options: 1) Semi-autonomous simulation is the most accurate approach, recommended whenever the transistor-level model of the oscillator is available. 2) rfLib/osc model is less accurate but it’s...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Thu, May 24 2012
  • Measuring 2-Tone Intermodulation Using Envelope-Following Analysis

    From time to time, SpectreRF users simulate very large, extracted-view circuits in 2+ tone QPSS. In many of those cases, memory requirements exceed the available resources. When that happens and small-signal approximations aren’t applicable, the user is typically stuck. The solution below and attached...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Wed, May 16 2012
  • SpectreRF AppNotes and Tutorials....Still One of our Best Kept Secrets!

    Some of you may remember the blog written several years ago " Shhhhh...SpectreRF Tutorials and AppNotes - One of Our Best Kept Secrets ". Well, the more things change...the more things stay the same! The location of these tutorials and appNotes still seems to be one of our best kept secrets...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Mon, Jan 16 2012
  • Nport Application Note has been Updated and Re-Released

    Happy New Year! After many requests, I set aside some time and updated the Using the nport in Spectre and SpectreRF Simulations appNote for MMSIM 11.1. You may download the appNote on Cadence Online Support . More nport enhancements are planned, so stay tuned! If you have any comments or questions, please...
    Posted to RF Design (Weblog) by Tawna on Tue, Jan 3 2012
  • Jurassic Park IV: The Return of ANALOG

    In the lab, no one can hear you scream! When I was getting my BSEE in the 1980s and studying analog and communications, my friends would say, “Why are you studying that old dinosaur, digital is where it’s at!”. Well, far from being consigned to the La Brea tar pit, analog is once again...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by NewYorkSteve on Tue, May 5 2009
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