May 13, 2024

    Key Design Tools Blog


    Qorvo's engineering and applications teams have spent years crafting a suite of design tools aimed not just at enhancing our internal designs but also at supporting the broader engineering community. These invaluable resources, once exclusive to Qorvo's teams, are now accessible to engineers worldwide through the Design Hub on the Qorvo website. Our goal is to streamline the design process for your projects by providing tools that simplify complex challenges.

    Qorvo offers a comprehensive collection of RF and analog design tools. Some tools are downloadable, and others are online, like our widely utilized PAE/PDISS/TJ online calculator. This online calculator helps customers ensure that their designs meet thermal requirements and maintain reliability. In this overview, we'll introduce you to four of our many tools, which include MatchCalc™, FET-Jet Calculator™ 2.0, QSPICE™ simulator, and Modelithics® Qorvo Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) model library. Each tool serves a unique purpose and is designed to streamline specific aspects of RF microwave and analog design. Whether you're calculating impedance matches, simulating circuits, or navigating the complexities of GaN transistor models, our tools are here to guide you toward optimal design solutions efficiently and effectively. Let's explore how these tools can elevate your design process.

    When should I use these calculators and modeling tools?

    • MatchCalc: Use MatchCalc for precise impedance matching in RF designs, especially with S1P or S2P files. It is ideal for selecting component values, visualizing impedance, and efficiently analyzing loss/gain.
    • QSPICE: QSPICE excels in high-accuracy analog and mixed-signal simulations by combining speed, accuracy, and a user-friendly interface for electronics design.
    • FET Jet Calculator 2.0: Essential for designing SiC FET-based power systems, FET-Jet Calculator 2.0 simplifies selecting the right SiC device for any power topology and optimizing design efficiency.
    • Modelethics Qorvo GaN Library: The Modelithics Qorvo GaN and GaAs model library provides accurate models for designing and simulating RF microwave devices, supporting detailed high-frequency application analysis.

    Further Details on Each Design Tool/Calculator/Model

    MatchCalc: Your Ultimate RF Design Tool.

    MatchCalc is a free online RF matching calculator capable of a multitude of functions. It is your gateway to efficient, precise, and optimized RF designs.

    Qorvo's MatchCalc is an advanced RF matching calculator available for download, meticulously designed to suggest optimal component values for achieving the perfect impedance match using S1P or S2P files. Tailored to meet the needs of RF designers, MatchCalc streamlines the design process, ensuring compatibility with your system or reference impedance. Watch the MatchCalc Introduction Video.

    Key Features of MatchCalc:

    • Enhanced Visualization: Experience detailed insertion loss/gain analytics for both S2P and S1P files with our fast real-time display.
    • Snapshot Capability: Freeze your plots at any moment with the snapshot feature, allowing for thorough, fast analysis.
    • Dynamic Optimization: Engage in real-time tuning and optimization for precise adjustments and performance enhancements.
    • Comprehensive Analysis Tools: Delve deep into return loss and impedance plots for both input and output ports, ensuring a thorough understanding of your design’s performance.
    • Advanced Smith Chart Scaling: Utilize Smith Charts for an expanded view of your impedance-matching landscape.
    • Detailed Reporting: Generate detailed match reports directly in Microsoft Word, providing a clear and professional overview of your results.
    • Precision Plot Markers: Employ plot markers for pinpoint accuracy in your analysis and reporting.
    • Thru Line Impedance Visualization: Clearly visualize input source and output load impedance using a thru line, enhancing your design’s accuracy.
    • Embedded T-Line Calculator: This is a built-in tool that calculates the impedance and line length of a transmission line in either Microstrip or Stripling format.
    • Build-in Tools & Examples: The software includes built-in tools and practical examples that guide you through real-world applications, helping you effectively utilize its features from the start.


    Figure 1: MatchCalc calculator simulation tool.

    For a deeper dive into all the functionalities and to optimize your use of MatchCalc, we invite you to explore our comprehensive MatchCalc tutorial.

    QSPICE: The Future of Mixed-Signal Simulation by Qorvo

    QSPICE is a revolutionary simulation software tool that redefines the standards for analog and mixed-signal design. QSPICE is engineered to empower analog designers, offering an unparalleled level of confidence in simulation outcomes. This tool is not only complimentary for commercial use but also elevates the foundational aspects of previous SPICE versions to new heights, ensuring an unmatched blend of speed, accuracy, and reliability in simulations. Watch the QSPICE Introduction Video.

    Key Features of QSPICE:

    • Enhanced SPICE Fundamentals: QSPICE brings significant advancements in simulation speed, functionality, accuracy, and dependability, setting a new benchmark for SPICE simulators.
    • Robust digital logic handling: Effortlessly manage extensive digital logic elements within your simulations without any compromise on performance.
    • Optimized for Analog and Mixed Signal Design: Tailored specifically for reliable simulation, offering the precision and speed you need.
    • User-Friendly Interface: Dive into your design work with an intuitive interface designed for efficiency and ease of use.
    • Integrated Development Tools: These come with built-in C++ and Verilog compilers, facilitating seamless integration into your design workflow.
    • Superior Visualization: Generate publication-quality graphics that make data analysis and presentation straightforward and impactful.

    Figure 2: Design simulation tool and results on QSPICE.

    QSPICE by Qorvo is your gateway to a new era of simulation excellence, where reliability meets innovation. It's more than just a tool; it's your partner in designing the next generation of electronic advancements. Embrace the future of simulation with QSPICE – where power, performance, and precision converge.

    FET-Jet Calculator 2.0: Evaluate Your SiC FET Design with Precision and Ease

    Unlock the full potential of Silicon Carbide (SiC) with the FET-Jet Calculator 2.0, your essential tool for navigating the complexities of power device selection with unparalleled speed and simplicity. Designed for both newcomers and seasoned SiC designers, this tool demystifies the process of choosing the perfect SiC device for any design, ensuring an optimal match for your specific power topology needs.

    Key Features of FET-Jet Calculator 2.0:

    • Expanded Device Support: Now including the latest advancements with comprehensive coverage of Gen 3 and Gen 4 Qorvo SiC devices, featuring the groundbreaking 750V and 1200V Gen 4 SiC FETs. This expansion caters to a broader spectrum of power applications, enabling more innovative and efficient design possibilities.
    • Enhanced Evaluation Capabilities: Dive deep into the performance of Qorvo FETs and diodes across a multitude of circuit topologies, including AC/DC, DC/DC (both isolated and non-isolated), with support for 26 unique power topologies. This allows for granular analysis of potential solutions, homing in on the most promising options with speed and precision.
    • Advanced Design Support Features: The calculator offers immediate, visually intuitive bar chart results detailing losses and efficiency data alongside crucial design recommendations for optimal gate drive settings, snubber circuits, junction temperatures, current stress levels, and parallel device configurations. These insights empower designers to make informed decisions swiftly, grounding their designs in robust, empirical data.
    • Streamlined Reporting: With the ability to download design results as a PDF, sharing and reviewing your findings has never been easier. This feature ensures that pivotal design decisions are well-documented and easily accessible for team collaboration and project progression.

    FET-Jet Calculator 2.0 goes beyond being a mere tool by simplifying complex calculations and delivering insightful data, thus allowing power designers to confidently achieve optimal efficiency using Qorvo's advanced SiC technology. It stands as a gateway to the future of power design, emphasizing speed and simplicity in the design process.

    Figure 3: FET-Jet Calculator 2.0.

    Modelithics Qorvo GaN and GaAs Library: Precision-Driven Design Solutions

    In the dynamic realm of RF and microwave design, the collaboration between Qorvo and Modelithics shines as a beacon of innovation. It offers designers unparalleled access to the Modelithics Qorvo GaN and GaAs Library. This partnership is dedicated to equipping engineers with state-of-the-art nonlinear simulation models for Qorvo’s GaN and GaAs devices, paving the way for breakthroughs in high-frequency design applications.

    Key Features of Modelithics Qorvo GaN and GaAs Library:

    • Cutting-Edge Simulation Models: Modelithics' advanced Qorvo GaN and GaAs Library models offer exceptional accuracy through "best-in-class" measurement and modeling techniques, featuring substrate and part-value scaling for high-frequency design precision.
    • Seamless Integration & Comprehensive Documentation: Designed for flawless integration with latest EDA tools, each model in the library comes with detailed data sheets for enhanced usability and in-depth insights.
    • Innovative Design Features: The library includes nonlinear simulation models with variable bias, temperature scaling, self-heating effects, and intrinsic I-V sensing, plus bond-wire adjustments, enabling nuanced exploration of GaN and GaAs in die and package formats for improved device performance.

    Figure 4: Modelithics simulation tool and results.

    Modelithics not only provides theoretical models but also validates their real-world effectiveness through detailed power amplifier reference designs, such as a 1.8-2.2 GHz amplifier showcasing model accuracy and advanced features like intrinsic port access and multi-harmonic tuning, thanks to Modelithics Microwave Global Models™. Additionally, the Modelithics Qorvo GaN and GaAs Library, embedded within the Design Hub ecosystem, equips RF engineers with comprehensive resources and tools, fostering innovation and enabling breakthrough performance in RF and microwave projects.

    Some Final Takeaways

    Qorvo's suite of design tools, including MatchCalc, FET-Jet Calculator 2.0, QSPICE, and Modelithics Qorvo GaN and GaAs Library demonstrate the company's dedication to enhancing the engineering community's capabilities. Available through Qorvo’s Design Hub, these resources simplify design challenges and promote innovation and efficiency among RF and microwave designers. Tailored to address various design needs—from impedance matching to advanced GaN and GaAs simulations—these tools, developed in collaboration with partners like Modelithics, highlight the synergy in advancing RF and microwave design standards.

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    Qorvo Blog Team, Adam Castaldo, David Oliver, and David Schnaufer

    One part technical, one part content, and one part strategy, our team is dedicated to connecting you with helpful, timely insights from some of the bright minds at Qorvo. A special thanks to David Oliver, Adam Castaldo and David Schnaufer who contributed to this blog post.