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March 27, 2004
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Microwave Solid State Circuit Design Second Edition

Wiley-Interscience
906 pages; $140
ISBN: 0-471-20755-1

This is the second edition of a book that was published almost fifteen years ago. In this revision, emphasis was placed on retaining and expanding topics of current and future interest and cutting back or deleting materials or whole chapters that were outdated or of little utility. To make the book more self-contained, microwave network theory was incorporated into Chapter 1. In Chapter 2, coaxial and rectangular waveguide discontinuities were dropped and the rest of the chapter was updated with the most recent equations currently used for lumped inductors. In Chapter 3, the sections on less popular resonators were dropped and new sections, such as high Q, tunable and active resonators were added. Chapter 4, on impedance transformation techniques, was completely revised. Chapter 5, on hybrids and couplers, contains about 30 percent new material and reflects current practices. In Chapter 6, the section on multiplexers was dropped and new sections on compact filters, filter tuning and EM simulation of filters were included. Much of the material in Chapters 7 and 8 remains current, although the text was revised and information on hetero-structure and wide-bandgap devices was added. Chapter 9, on oscillators, incorporates oscillators for wireless circuits, and Chapter 10, on amplifiers, also includes design procedures and examples of wireless amplifier designs. Chapter 11 is completely new, including such current topics as cryogenic and self-oscillating mixers. Chapters 12 and 13 have been revised. Because of the availability of a large number of computer-aided design software packages and many books on this topic, this subject has been dropped and a new chapter on the upcoming and popular subject of MEMS has been added as Chapter 14. Chapter 15 incorporates some of the most modern practices in printed circuit board fabrication, hybrid integrated circuits and monolithic integrated circuits.

To order this book, contact: John Wiley & Sons Inc., One Wiley Drive, Somerset, NJ 08875 (800) 225-5995.


The Requirements Engineering Handbook

Artech House Inc.
254 pages; $79, £55
ISBN: 1-58053-266-7

This book is intended as a concise but thorough, ready reference for requirement analysts (RA) — those who are assigned to determine the requirements for planned systems and software. It is a desk guide/handbook that focuses on how RAs can best perform their work. The requirements are key to the success or failure of technical projects. They are the basis of all of the follow-on work.

Chapter 1 explains the importance of requirements. It suggests a strategy and describes requirement activities in the system life cycle. Chapter 2 describes nine roles of the RA and identifies where in the system life cycle each should be applied. Requirement work requires a lot of knowledge and skills. Chapter 3 identifies and describes these skills and provides a reference to where in the book the reader can learn more about them. It is important for the RA and others assigned to the task or project to understand the different types of requirements. These are described in Chapter 4 and are categorized as: Business requirements, User requirements, Product requirements, Environmental requirements and Unknowable requirements. Customer needs and expectations are analyzed and described in Chapter 5, which also provides a discussion of each activity, explaining what is important and how to get it done. The information in Chapter 6 shows how to initiate discussions with the task or project team and to select the practices that best support the project’s or organization’s need. There is a set of specialty skills of the RA that are required at different times during the work. Chapter 7 describes these skills and shows in which section in the book each is discussed. Chapter 8 explains the importance of an integrated quality approach, which is required for the requirement process to work best. Chapter 9 provides a vision for requirement engineering. Chapter 10 provides a summary of the book and suggestions for moving forward.

To order this book, contact: Artech House Inc., 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062 (781) 769-9750 ext. 4030; or 46 Gillingham St., London SW1V 1HH UK +44 (0) 207-8750.

– Dan Massé
Dan Massé is a member of the Microwave Journal staff.

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