The Essential Guide to RF and Wireless

The Essential Guide to RF and Wireless

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For courses in Telecommunications Programs.

RF Wireless Communication for Business Majors provides a complete, introductory overview of radio frequency (RF) technology and wireless communications. A valuable text/reference, it covers every level of the subject-from fundamental concepts, basic terminology, and components, to system building blocks and complete systems.
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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 544.31g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130259624
  • 9780130259622

Table of contents


1. Basic Concepts.

Introduction. Vocabulary. Prefixes. Basic Electronics Terminology. RF Basics. Transmitters and Receivers. Signals. Analog Signals. Frequency. Digital Signals.

2. RF Behavior.

Loss and Gain. Devices. Attenuation. Insertion Loss. Decibels. Definition. Decibel Math. Bandwidth. Definition. Octaves and Decades. Wideband and Narrowband. RF in the Environment. Signal Behavior. Skin Effect. Absorption. Reflection. Match. What is Match? The Meaning of 50 Ohms. VSWR. Return Loss. Consequences of an Imperfect Match. Impedance matching.


3. Basic System Components.

Block Diagrams. Receiver. Transmitter. Antennas. Block Diagram. Antenna Characteristics. Active and Passive. Sizes and Shapes. Signal Strength and Direction. How Antennas Work. Wavelength. Antenna Performance. Antenna Patterns. Polarization. Antenna Dimensions. One-Dimensional Antennas. Two-Dimensional Antennas. Amplifiers. Block Diagram. Fundamental Properties of Amplifiers. Gain. Noise Figure. Output Power. Linearity. How Amplifiers Work. Special Amplifiers. Limiting Amplifiers. Balanced Amplifiers. Variable Gain Amplifiers. Filters. Block Diagram. The Filter's Function. The Role of the FCC. Filter Types. Filter Performance. Frequency Response. Special Filters. Duplexers. SAW Filters. Mixers. Block Diagram. The Mixer's Function. The Mathematics. Changing Frequencies. Other Names for Mixers. How Mixers Work. Three Ports. Conversion Loss. Mixer Configurations. Two-Stage Mixers. Mixer Types. Frequency Doublers. Sources. Block Diagram. How Oscillators Work. Different Kinds of Oscillators. The Reason for the Different Oscillators. What Distinguishes Them. How the Frequency is Determined. A Special Oscillator-The VCO. How They Work. Synthesizers. The Use of Feedback. Phase-Locked Loops. A Quick Review. Transmitter Block Diagram. Receiver Block Diagram. Review. Transmitter. Antenna. Receiver.

4. Other Components.

Switches. Block Diagram. Switch Function and Performance. Function. Performance. Types of Switches. Electromechanical Switches. Solid State Switches. Poles and Throws. System Use. Attenuators. Block Diagram. The Attenuator's Function. Types of Attenuators. Fixed Attenuators. Voltage Variable Attenuators. Digital attenuators. Dividers and Combiners. Block Diagram. The Divider's and Combiner's Function. System Use. Couplers. Block Diagram. How Couplers Work. Types of Couplers. Directional and Bidirectional Couplers. Quadrature Couplers. Circulators and Isolators. Block Diagram. How Circulators Work. System Use. Isolators. Transformers. Block Diagram. The Transformer's Function. Impedance Ratio. Detectors. Block Diagram. The Detector's Function.

5. Circuits and Signals.

Semiconductors. Materials and Devices. Solid State Technology. Silicon and Gallium Arsenide. Diodes and Transistors. Diodes. Transistors. HEMT Transistors. Integrated Circuits (MMIC). MMIC Performance. Circuit Technologies. Lumped and Distributed Circuits. Lumped Circuits. Distributed Circuits. Discrete, Hybrid, and MMIC Circuit Choices. Subassemblies. Cavities. Modulation. What is Modulation? Types of Modulation. Amplitude Modulation. Binary Amplitude Shift Keying. Frequency Modulation. Phase Modulation. Quadrature Amplitude Modulation. Modulators and Demodulators. Getting Around. Cables. Cable Construction. Cable Types and Designations. Connectors. Connectors in Cable Assemblies. Connector Families. Adapters. Waveguides. Circuit Traces. Hybrids and Printed Circuit Boards. Stripline, Microstrip and Coplanar Waveguide.


6. Older Technology.

Broadcasting. What is Broadcasting? Characteristics. Constraints. The Role of Frequency. Allocation. Propagation. Tuning In. The Tuner. Television Delivery. Three ways. Breaking News. Radar. What is Radar? Definition. The Role of Frequency. How Radar Works. The Role of Reflection. How Radar Determines Distance. How Radar Determines Direction. How Radar Determines Velocity. Different Radar Systems. Pulsed Radar Systems. Doppler Radar Systems. Satellite Communications. Why Satellites? How Satellites Work. Geosynchronous Orbit. Uplink/Downlink. Satellite Dishes. Footprints. RF Electronics. About the Spacecraft. Satellite Systems. Three Topologies. The Role of Frequency. A Special Satellite System-GPS. What is GPS? Theory of Operation. The Next Generation Satellites-LEO. Why LEOs? How LEOs Work.

7. The New World of Wireless.

Fixed Wireless Applications. Point-to-Point Microwave. What is Point-to-Point Microwave? Uses for Point-to-Point Microwave. Point-to-Point Operations. Wireless Local Loop. What is the Local Loop? Why Wireless Local Loop? Wireless Local Loop Technology. The Perfect WLL Solution-LMDS. A New Technology-Spread Spectrum. ISM-Unlicensed Spread Spectrum. Spread Spectrum-Theory of Operation. ISM Spread Spectrum Applications. Other Applications. FCC Allocations. Mobile Telephony. Mobile Telephony Choices. Different Technologies. A World of Choices. The Next Generation. The Cellular Concept. Topology. Infrastructure. Mobility. Frequency Reuse and Air Interface. Frequency Reuse. Air Interface. Adding Capacity. Within a Cell. Uncovered Areas. Glossary.

Appendix A: Acronyms.
Appendix B: Specifications.
About the Author.
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About Carl J. Weisman

Carl J. Weisman has been involved in the sales, marketing, and design of wireless products for many years, and has extensive experience communicating with non-technical professionals throughout the value chain.
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