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RF Design in Xpedition Flow

Student Workbook

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Table of Contents
Module 1: Overview ................................................................................................ 5
Objectives ............................................................................................................................................. 6

Course Overview .................................................................................................................................. 7

xDX Designer RF Capabilities ............................................................................................................. 8

xPCB Layout RF Capabilities .............................................................................................................. 9

xDX Designer Licensing .................................................................................................................... 10

xPCB Layout Licensing ..................................................................................................................... 11

Design Flow Overview ADS.............................................................................................................. 12

RF Flow With AWR Microwave Office ............................................................................................ 13

Custom RF Part Creation — (DXF Import) ....................................................................................... 14

Custom RF Part Creation (DXF Import) (Cont.) ............................................................................... 15

Lab Exercise ....................................................................................................................................... 16

Module 2: Libraries............................................................................................... 17
Objectives ........................................................................................................................................... 18

xDX Designer Symbol Library .......................................................................................................... 19

RF Parametric Parts ............................................................................................................................ 20

xPCB Layout Library Elements File .................................................................................................. 21

xPCB Layout Padstack ....................................................................................................................... 22

Custom RF Metal Parts ...................................................................................................................... 23

Turning a Custom Shape into a Schematic Symbol ........................................................................... 24

RF Schematic Symbol Limitations .................................................................................................... 25

ADS Simulation Models .................................................................................................................... 26

Module 3: xDX Designer RF ................................................................................ 27


Objectives ........................................................................................................................................... 28

RF Design in Xpedition Flow I


Table of Contents
DxD RF Commands ........................................................................................................................... 29

RF Connect ......................................................................................................................................... 30

RF Groups .......................................................................................................................................... 31

RF Parameters .................................................................................................................................... 32

Additional xDX RF Commands ......................................................................................................... 33

Lab Exercise ....................................................................................................................................... 34

Module 4: xPCB Layout – RF Parts .................................................................... 35


Objectives ........................................................................................................................................... 36

RF Toolkit .......................................................................................................................................... 37

Place RF Groups ................................................................................................................................. 38

Place RF Groups (Cont.) .................................................................................................................... 39

Group Reference Point ....................................................................................................................... 40

Place RF Components End to End ..................................................................................................... 41

Component Placement Tips ............................................................................................................... 42

Group Clearance ................................................................................................................................. 43

Shape Clearance Rules ....................................................................................................................... 44

Entry Rules ......................................................................................................................................... 45

Lab Exercise ....................................................................................................................................... 46

Module 5: xPCB Layout – RF Meanders and Shapes ....................................... 47


Objectives ........................................................................................................................................... 48

Meander Lines .................................................................................................................................... 49

Meander Lines (Cont.) ....................................................................................................................... 50

Meander Lines (Cont.) ....................................................................................................................... 51

Meander Lines (Cont.) ....................................................................................................................... 52

Meander Keyboard Functionality....................................................................................................... 53

RF Design in Xpedition Flow II


Table of Contents
Meander Lines Clearances ................................................................................................................. 54

Via Stitching / Place Via .................................................................................................................... 55

Via Stitching ....................................................................................................................................... 56

Stitch Contour .................................................................................................................................... 57

Via Stitching ....................................................................................................................................... 58

Via Stitching Algorithm ..................................................................................................................... 59

Via Stitching Algorithm (Cont.)......................................................................................................... 60

Via Stitching Algorithm (Cont.)......................................................................................................... 61

Via Stitching ....................................................................................................................................... 62

Custom RF Shapes ............................................................................................................................. 63

Custom RF Shape Nodes.................................................................................................................... 64

Shape Node Connectivity ................................................................................................................... 65

Create Custom RF Shapes .................................................................................................................. 66

Custom RF Shape Symbols ................................................................................................................ 67

Custom RF Shapes Modifications ...................................................................................................... 68

Lab Exercise ....................................................................................................................................... 69

Module 6: Keysight ADS Integration .................................................................. 71


Objectives ........................................................................................................................................... 72

ADS Integration — EE Flow ............................................................................................................. 73

ADS RF Flow — Initiate Connection ................................................................................................ 74

Connection Running — Schematic ADS Export to xDX Designer ................................................... 75

Connection Running — Schematic ADS?xDX (Cont.) ..................................................................... 76

Connection Running — Layout ?ADS Circuit Level ........................................................................ 77

Connection Running — Layout?ADS Tuning ................................................................................... 78

Connection Running — Layout?ADS Layout ................................................................................... 79

RF Design in Xpedition Flow III


Table of Contents
Connection Running — Layout?ADS Layout Cutting out What Matters ......................................... 80

Connection Running — ADS Custom Shape ? xPCB Layout ........................................................... 81

ADS Integration Licensing................................................................................................................. 82

Demo / Lab Exercise .......................................................................................................................... 83

RF Design in Xpedition Flow IV