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Post subject: High-Frequency PCB design
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 10:29 am

Hello all,

I want to design a PCB for very high frequencies (3-10GHz), specifically incorporating connector for antenna and a transceiver, baseband and MAC ICs. Can anybody guide me as to what software I can use to design it?
Will ORCAD 10 be sufficient?

Being new in PCB design, I would also appreciate guidelines on the various potential problems that I can face and how to solve them.

Thanks a lot.



Post subject: PCB Design
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2005 10:34 pm


You have a tall order. First, lots of PCB packages (incliuding OrCad 10, if you know it or find its interface congenial to your taste) will let you design the board - but *analysis* (to see if you have a good-enough design) is a whole different story.

To have a good shot at a functional design, you will need to know about microstrip. There are whole books on this subject: get one and read it!
(Lots of people use the book(s) by Garg and Bahl, published by Artech House).

Then you'll need a simulator - or maybe just a lot of board "turns" - layouts/fabs/tests/fix layout, do it again.

Either way,
Good Luck!


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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:24 pm

Thanx a lot for your info.

I will look into microstrips.

Also, would appreciate if you could tell me some simulators that are available in the market

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