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September 1, 2003
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Commercial Wireless Circuits and Components Handbook
Mike Golio, Editor
CRC Press LLC
402 pages; $99.95
ISBN: 0-8493-1564-6


This book provides, in a single volume, comprehensive coverage of microwave and wireless circuits and components design. It can serve as a starting point for any project involving design, development or acquisition of RF or microwave circuitry or be used as a reference for anyone wanting to obtain appropriate information on the subject, without having recourse to detailed published articles. The handbook provides important inputs for practicing engineers in industry, government and academia. The intended audience also includes microwave and other electrical engineers requiring information outside of their area of expertise as well as managers, marketers and technical support workers who need better understanding of the fields driving their decisions.

Twenty four articles, written by twenty nine contributors, each expert in his field of endeavor, include overviews on the fundamentals of transmitters and receivers, followed by detailed chapters on specific topics such as low noise amplifier design, microwave mixer design, modulation and demodulation circuitry, power amplifier circuits, oscillator circuits, phase locked loop design, filters and multipliers, RF switches, RF package design and development, guided wave propagation and transmission lines, linear measurements, network analyzer calibration, noise measurements, nonlinear microwave measurements and characterization, theory of high power load-pull characterization for RF and microwave transistors, pulsed measurements, microwave on-wafer tests, high volume microwave tests, computer-aided design of passive components, nonlinear RF and microwave circuit analysis, computer-aided design of microwave circuitry and nonlinear transistor modeling for circuit simulation. Finally, all of the articles provide the reader with additional references to related expert literature.

To order this book, contact: CRC Press LLC, 2000 NW Corporate Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431-9868 (800) 272-7737.


Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design
John Rogers and Calvin Plett
Artech House Inc.
410 pages; $119, £83
ISBN: 1-58053-502-x

The extensive use of wireless communications has generated a strong demand for RF circuits that are small, inexpensive and with low power consumption. As a result, radio frequency integrated circuits (RFIC) have become an exciting area for research and product development. Components are designed with the main concerns being frequency response, gain, stability, noise, distortion (nonlinearity), impedance matching and power dissipation. The focus of the book is how to design and build the major circuit blocks that make up the RF portion of a radio using IC technology. Chapter 1 offers an introduction to communication circuits with some considerations on active devices and a comparison between low frequency analog and microwave designs in RFIC design.

Chapter 2 describes issues in RFIC design, noise, linearity and filtering with block level performance specifications. A brief review of technology, including transistor performance, is given in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 discusses various methods of matching impedances. Chapter 5 is dedicated to the realizations and limitations of passive circuit components in IC technology with emphasis on inductors and transformers. LNA design is the subject of Chapter 6, which describes the different approaches to low noise amplification, noise and nonlinearity for different circuit configurations. In Chapter 7, different mixer configurations are offered with discussions of their particular properties, such as noise, linearity and isolation. Chapter 8 considers voltage-controlled oscillators, including different methods of generating a negative resistance, basic differential oscillator topologies, tunability and amplitude control circuits. High frequency filter circuits are the subject of Chapter 9. They include second-order and integrated RF filters as well as ways to achieve filters with higher Q. Power amplifiers are described in Chapter 10. Power capability, efficiency and matching configurations are discussed. The different classes of amplification are analyzed.

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) 207 596-8750.

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