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Post subject: SMDK
Unread post Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 2:31 pm

I am new to RF design and it is not really my field. So please execuse me and neglect the question if it is too naive for this forum.

My interest is in prototyping a small receiver test bed to obtain a practical evaluation of some algorithms and architectures.

My question to you is about the commercialy available Surface Mount Developement kits (SMDKs). I read about them and they seem to support rapid prototyping of RF circuits. How are these kits as an alternative to designing PCBs (since I am only interested in test bed evaluation not product design)? Are there any issues (like impedence matching) that become important when these kits are used for prototyping? In summary, for my case, is it a smart option to go in for the SMDK rather than designing a PCB?

Posted  11/12/2012