The microwave laboratory at UCI is equipped with the state of the art instrumentation to perform microwave and antenna measurements with frequency range up to 50 GHz. The laboratory is one of the best in the UC system it extends over 2000 sq/ft, and is equipped with the latest computer hardware and software for the analysis and design of microwave circuits. Among the several microwave measurement and test set systems, we have the following available in our laboratory:
• Two network analyzer systems with frequency range from 0.045 to 50 GHz (HP 8510C)
• Two TWA 25W power amplifiers covering the frequency band from 4-18 GHz
• Cascade Probe station with thermal capability for on chip/on measurement and characterizations up to 110 GHz. • Several Synthesized CW sweepers with frequency range from 0.01 to 50 GHz • Several antennas including a full set of standard gain horn antenna with frequency range from 0.9 GHz to 36 GHz.
• Several microwave amplifiers including two 25W TWA amplifiers covering the frequency range from 4-18 GHz.
• The laboratory is also equipped with the largest anechoic chamber for far field antenna measurement within UC campuses.
The laboratory is equipped with the latest computer hardware and software for the analysis and design of microwave circuits. In the laboratory, we have a prototyping system which uses lithographic chemical etching for the fabrication of antennas and microwave circuits on planar substrates we also use the Integrated nanoresearch facility INRF to fabricate small feature circuits.
In addition, the lab is equipped with the latest software simulation tools: such as Agilent Advance Design System donated by Agilent, Ansoft full suite of tools including High Frequency simulation tools (HFSS), Empire time domain simulation tools donated by IMST, Microwave office donated by Applied Wave Research and IE3D donated by Zeland.