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Antenna Engineering Handbook: Fourth Edition

John L. Volakis, Editor
McGraw-Hill • 1775 pages; $175
ISBN: 978-0-07-147574-7

In this fourth edition of the handbook, the content and chapters have been expanded and updated, taking into account the unprecedented developments over the past 10 to 15 years. Twenty-one new chapters have been added and five chapters have been significantly modified. In fact, 50 percent of the current edition is totally new.

The intro­ductory chap­ters have been completely rewritten with a focus on new appli­cations, such as mobile and cellular technologies. Several new topics, such as smart and adaptive antennas, wideband arrays, low profile antennas, ultra-wideband antennas, millimeter-wave and terahertz antennas, dielectric resonator antennas, wideband patch antennas, fractal antennas and antennas on electromagnetic band gap (EBG) ground plane are well covered in the current edition. New or significantly updated topics include base station antennas, reconfigurable antennas, handset (cellular)/terminal phone antennas, portable TV antennas, biomedical antennas, antennas for miniature sensors (including RFIDs), reflect arrays and radiometer antennas. Topics such as those on transmission lines and matching circuits were authoritatively covered in the previous edition and were only updated. However, some key and sorely missing topics are now well covered by expert authors. These include measurement techniques and facilities, propagation, frequency selective surfaces and volumes and computational methods with a listing on commonly used packages for antenna design and propagation studies. Chapters on MIMO and multipath techniques have been added, as these are important topics in wireless system developments.

To order this book, contact: McGraw-Hill
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New York, NY 10121
(212) 904-2000

CMOS RFIC Design Principles

Robert Caverly
Artech House • 450 pages; $129, €72
ISBN: 978-1-59693-132-9

The purpose of this book is to address the needs of the RF, wireless and microwave circuit designers, both professional and students, to the design issues associated with CMOS RF integrated circuits. The book is divided into three major sections of roughly three chapters each. The first portion of the book is a review of RF system fundamentals and includes terminology and definitions widely used to describe these circuits. Chapters on CMOS active device and passive element fundamentals are included as a means to introduce the reader to the use of these design equations and their limitations for “first-path” designs. The second portion of the book covers elemental CMOS circuits, such as low noise amplifiers, general gain amplifiers, mixers and oscillators. Ideal circuit topologies are discussed first and then merged with the non-ideal CMOS circuit elements to provide insight into circuit modifications needed to achieve design specifications. Behavioral models for these elements are introduced for future use in later portions of the book. The third portion of the book covers more advanced CMOS RF integrated circuits, such as voltage-controlled oscillators, phase-locked loops, frequency synthesizers and power amplifier architectures. In addition to coverage of the fundamentals, numerous references are made to current literature on these circuits. All three sections of the book include a number of examples to aid in understanding of the principles discussed. Where feasible, simulations are performed (and illustrated) with CAD tools widely used in industry and academia.

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

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