RF Design Guidelines for PCB Layout and Circuit Optimization

The purpose of this document is to describe RF PCB design guidelines and circuit optimization techniques to enable the designer to implement successful, right-first-time, PCB layouts and to ensure trouble free circuit optimization, using the same criteria as those employed by Semtech for the reference designs of the XE/SX1200 family of RF ISM band integrated circuits.

This application note describes step by step techniques for ensuring the correct PCB layout and subsequent design optimization steps for each circuit block of the RF integrated circuit architecture.