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I have some experience designing an IOT transmitter (315MHz/345MHz/433MHz) using 0603 SMD parts, but am considering building a transmitter for production using 0201 parts. My question is, what is a good work flow using 0201 parts, especially for the antenna matching/filter network? I am used to swapping out dozens of parts in the matching network while tuning and getting spurious emissions below the minimums. But I'm guessing 0201 parts take the process to a new level.

Thoughts?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Not all values are available in 0201, especially inductors. \$\endgroup\$ – Lior Bilia Aug 13 '17 at 19:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ The process isn't going to change much, you're just going to need good tweezers, a steady hand, and a microscope if you didn't use one before. \$\endgroup\$ – The Photon Aug 13 '17 at 19:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you explain your last line? "..a new level." What do you mean by that? They're smaller, yes, but that just means lower parasitics. \$\endgroup\$ – uint128_t Aug 14 '17 at 0:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @uint128_t By "new level" I was referring to the work flow and handling. I wouldn't expect the circuit theory to change. \$\endgroup\$ – Lance Beasley Aug 14 '17 at 12:38

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