Measure Noise Figure of Device Under Test

Use the Noise Figure Testbench block to measure the noise figure of a device under test (DUT).

Connect the blocks as shown in the model.

Set the parameters for DUT and the testbench.

Amplifier block:

• Available power gain10 dB

• Noise typeNoise figure

• Noise figure (dB)4 dB

Mixer block:

• Available power gain5 dB

• Local oscillator frequency2.0 GHz

• Noise figure (dB)8 dB

• Filter typeHighpass

• ImplementationConstant per carrier

• Passband edge frequency2.05 GHz

Noise Figure Testbench block:

• Input frequency (Hz)2.1e9

• Output frequency (Hz)0.1e9

Run the model. You will see that the display shows a OIP3 value of 4.817 dB. This value can be verified analytically using the noise figure (NF) equation provided in [1].

NF_DUT = 10*log10(F_tot) = 10*log10(F_1 + (F_2 – 1)/ A_1)

= 10*log10((10^(4/10)) + (10^(8/10) – 1)/10^(10/10)) = 4.8328 dB

where,

Noise factor of amplifier, F_1 = 10^((4)/10)

Noise factor of mixer, F_2 = 10^((8)/10)

Gain of amplifier, A_1 = 10^(10/10)

References

[1] Razavi, B.. “RF Microelectronics (2nd Edition) (Prentice Hall Communications Engineering and Emerging Technologies Series).” (2011).