Wolfspeed offers free access to RF Tutorial series

November 17, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Wolfspeed, supplier of gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) with best-in-class reliability, is sponsoring one year of free access to a comprehensive multimedia engineering tutorial on passive and active RF circuits, including amplifiers.

Entitled “ Conquer Radio Frequency: A Multimedia Conceptual Guide to RF & Microwave Engineering, Based on AWR Microwave Office Video Tutorials ,” the tutorial was written by Dr. Francesco Fornetti, a noted expert in advanced semiconductor materials and devices, including GaN HEMTs.


The online tutorial provides users with a full-colour reference textbook that serves as an introduction to the fundamental principles of both passive and active RF and microwave circuit design. In the more than 12 hours of circuit design video tutorials that accompany the textbook, Dr. Fornetti illustrates how to design, test, and characterize RF power amplifiers using the proprietary large signal GaN HEMT models that Wolfspeed developed for the NI (National Instruments) AWR Design Environment Microwave Office suite of design tools.


“As part of our commitment to furthering RF and microwave engineering education, and advancing the overall applications engineering knowledge-base for GaN devices, Wolfspeed is proud to sponsor twelve months of free access to Dr. Fornetti’s seminal work on the fundamentals of RF design engineering,” said Jim Milligan, RF and microwave director, Wolfspeed. “The innovative simulation capabilities of the Microwave Office suite and its intuitive interface allow Dr. Fornetti to more fully examine the subtleties of RF circuit performance, and to provide a level of insight beyond that obtained in a lab environment or from a static textbook.”


For a preview of the textbook, including a comprehensive description of the tutorial contents and YouTube links to selected videos, visit: http://explorerf.com/conquer-radio-frequency.html. Through the sponsorship of Wolfspeed, this web-based tutorial series will be available to RF design engineers free until May 31, 2017. To access the sign-up form, click here: http://erf-training.com/wolfspeed_signup.html


An early advocate of GaN RF semiconductor technology, Dr. Fornetti is a teaching fellow at the University of Bristol’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, where he has developed novel test methodologies and practical measurement techniques for RF GaN power amplifier design at microwave