Modern wireless communications hardware is underpinned by RF and microwave design techniques. This insightful book contains a wealth of circuit layouts, design tips, and practical measurement techniques for building and testing practical gigahertz systems. The book covers everything you need to know to design, build, and test a high-frequency circuit. Microstrip components are discussed, including tricks for extracting good performance from cheap materials. Connectors and cables are also described, as are discrete passive components, antennas, low-noise amplifiers, oscillators, and frequency synthesizers. Practical measurement techniques are presented in detail, including the use of network analyzers, sampling oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and noise figure meters. Throughout the focus is practical, and many worked examples and design projects are included. There is also a CD-ROM that contains a variety of design and analysis programs. The book is packed with indispensable information for students taking courses on RF or microwave circuits and for practicing engineers.
'... a fantastic CD-ROM ... that is full of all sorts of useful toys to help engineers design their circuits, both microwave and lower frequencies ... well written, printed and clear ... This book answers all your practical questions (or wakes you up to some you did not know existed!) in this complex field. Most highly recommended for all working in it.' Circuit World 'This is an excellent book written in a light, clear manner by a knowledgeable and experienced engineer. References are annotated on each page and [this] has a major advantage in making the text directly readable while simultaneously underlining the relevance of the substance of the text ... the comprehensive approach recommends itself to both student and professional engineers looking for a primer in this area ...'. IEE Communications Engineer