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Write S2P Touchstone Files

This example shows how to write the data in a circuit object created in the MATLAB® workspace into an industry-standard data file, Touchstone®. You can use these files in third-party tools.

To write a touchstone file, in this example an RLGC transmission line object is created and analyzed in the frequency domain. This analyzed results are written into a Touchstone file and the data is compared with the original result.

Create RF Circuit Object to Represent an RLCG Transmission Line

Create a txlineRLCGLine object to represent a RLCG transmission line. This example uses Name-Value pairs to implement the parameters in the RLCG transmission line shown in figure 1 [1].


Figure 1: RLCG transmission line.

ckt1 = txlineRLCGLine('R',100,'L',80e-9,'C',200e-12,'G',1.6);

Clone Circuit Object

Use the clone function to make a copy of the transmission line object.

ckt2 = clone(ckt1)
ckt2 = 
  txlineRLCGLine: RLCGLine element

           Name: 'RLCGLine'
      Frequency: 1.0000e+09
              R: 100
              L: 8.0000e-08
              C: 2.0000e-10
              G: 1.6000
       IntpType: 'Linear'
     LineLength: 0.0100
    Termination: 'NotApplicable'
       StubMode: 'NotAStub'
       NumPorts: 2
      Terminals: {'p1+'  'p2+'  'p1-'  'p2-'}

Cascade Two Circuit Objects

Use the circuit object to cascade the two transmission lines.

ckt = circuit([ckt1,ckt2]);

Analyze and Plot S-Parameter Data

Use the sparameters object to analyze the cascadeed transmission line in the frequency domain.

freq = linspace(0,10e9);
ckt_sparameters = sparameters(ckt,freq);

Use the smithplot method to plot the object's S11 on a Smith chart®.

smithplot(ckt_sparameters,[1,1],'LegendLabels','S11 Original')

Write Data to S2P File

Use the rfwrite function to write the data to a file.

workingdir = tempname;
filename = fullfile(workingdir,'myrlcg.s2p');
if exist(filename,'file')

Compare Data

Read the data from the file myrlcg.s2p into a new sparameters object and plot input reflection coefficient, S11 on a Smith chart. Visually compare the 'S11 original' and 'S11 from S2P' to confirm that the data matches.

compare_ckt = sparameters(filename);
smithplot(compare_ckt,[1,1],'LegendLabels','S11 from S2P')

[1] M. Steer, "Transmission Lines," in Microwave and RF Design: Transmission Lines. vol. 2, 3rd ed. Raleigh, North Carolina, US: North Carolina State University, 2019, ch. 2, sec. 2, pp.58.

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