RF & Microwave

Supporting customers at the leading-edge of automotive, digital communications, aerospace and defence.

New ways to perform functions such as More accurate ranging over longer distances, Faster data transfer, Support of dense networks containing thousands of wireless sensors.

RF Design Studio

The RF & Microwave Design Studio works with customers to develop accurate models of the electrical, thermal and electromagnetic behaviour of a device, package or module.

The opportunity to explore in software the unusual range of behaviours of devices which operate at frequencies above 5GHz is valuable, as it dramatically reduces the risk of unexpected system behaviour in hardware design implementations.

Tools Tools
  • Keysight ADS
  • AWR Microwave Office
  • COMSOL Multiphysics
  • SolidWorks and the Altium PCB design suite

RF & Microwave Lab

The RF & Microwave Lab’s test station performs high bandwidth transmitter and receiver characterisation for component and sub-module evaluation, compliance testing and development.

The equipment available for use in characterisation of RF and microwave devices includes a real-time oscilloscope, an arbitrary waveform generator and a vector network analyser.

Equipment Equipment
  • Real-time Oscilloscope
  • An Arbitrary Waveform Generator
  • A Vector Network Analyser

RF & Microwave Packaging

At multi-GHz frequencies, compound semiconductor devices are transmitting and receiving millimetre-wave signals. And at these
short wavelengths, the package in which a device or module is housed has the potential to create cavities and generate resonances which can seriously impair system performance.

The RF & microwave design experts at CSA Catapult’s Packaging Lab take a system-level view of performance optimisation, and then apply their specialist knowledge to maximise sensitivity, output power and other operating parameters, shaping the package to minimise the amplitude of self-generated interference.

Integration service Integration service
  • Wire Bonding
  • Epoxy Die Attach
  • Silver Sintering
  • Flip Chip
Integration service

RF & Microwave Evaluation

CSA Catapult’s Evaluation Lab helps customers create and develop a leading-edge RF & Microwave system design for production.

The validation procedures performed on the state-of-the-art equipment in the Evaluation Lab enable users to verify system lifetime, reliability and tolerance of harsh conditions, and support detailed failure analysis.

Validation tests Validation tests
  • RF Burn In
  • RF Life Test
  • Vibration Testing
  • Thermal Cycling
  • Humidity Testing and Electromagnetic Compliance Testing
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