RF Front-End: World Class Designs

Edited by

  • Janine Love, Site Editor, RF Designline

All the design and development inspiration and direction a harware engineer needs in one blockbuster book! Janine Love site editor for RF Design Line,columnist, and author has selected the very best RF design material from the Newnes portfolio and has compiled it into this volume. The result is a book covering the gamut of RF front end design from antenna and filter design fundamentals to optimized layout techniques with a strong pragmatic emphasis. In addition to specific design techniques and practices, this book also discusses various approaches to solving RF front end design problems and how to successfully apply theory to actual design tasks. The material has been selected for its timelessness as well as for its relevance to contemporary RF front end design issues.Contents:Chapter 1 Radio waves and propagationChapter 2 RF Front End DesignChapter 3 Radio Transmission FundamentalsChapter 4 Advanced ArchitecturesChapter 5 RF Power AmplifiersChapter 6 RF AmplifiersCHAPTER 7 Basics of PA DesignChapter 8 Power AmplifiersChapter 9 RF/IF CircuitsChapter 10 FiltersChapter 11 Transmission Lines and PCBs as FiltersChapter 12 Tuning and MatchingChapter 13 Impedance MatchingChapter 14 RF Power Linearization Techniques
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RF and Wireless Designers and Engineers; Electronics Designers and Programmers; Application Engineers


Book information

  • Published: February 2009
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-622-4

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Radio waves and propagation1.1 Electric fields1.2 Magnetic fields1.3 Radio waves1.4 Frequency to wavelength conversion1.5 Radio spectrum1.6 Polarization1.7 How radio signals travel1.8 Refraction, reflection and diffraction1.9 Reflected signals1.10 Layers above the earth1.11 Ground wave1.12 Skywaves1.13 Distances and the angle of radiation1.14 Multiple reflections1.15 Critical frequency1.16 MUF1.17 LUF1.18 Skip zone1.19 State of the ionosphere1.20 Fading1.21 Ionospheric disturbances1.22 Very low frequency propagation1.23 VHF and above1.24 Greater distances1.25 Troposcatter1.26 Sporadic E1.27 Meteor scatter1.28 Frequencies above 3 GHzChapter 2 RF Front End Design2.1 HIGHER LEVELS OF INTEGRATION2.2 BASIC RECEIVER ARCHITECTURES2.3 ADC’S EFFECT ON FRONT-END DESIGN2.4 SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIOS2.5 CASE STUDY—MODERN COMMUNICATION RECEIVERChapter 3 Radio Transmission Fundamentals3.1 Defining Transmission Capacity and Throughput3.2 Bandwidth, Radios, and Shannon’s Law3.3 Bandwidth Efficiency3.4 Forward Error Correction (FEC)3.5 Radio Regulation3.6 Licensed Versus Unlicensed Radio Spectrum3.7 Unlicensed Spectrum in the Rest of the World3.8 General Difficulties in Wireless3.9 Basic Characteristics of 802.11 Wireless LANs3.10 ConclusionChapter 4 Advanced ArchitecturesChapter 5 RF Power Amplifiers5.1 Power Amplifier Class of Operation5.2 Conclusion5.3 ReferencesChapter 6 RF Amplifiers6.1 Noise and preselectors/preamplifiers6.2 Amplifier configurations6.3 Transistor gain6.4 Classification by common element6.5 Transistor biasing6.6 Frequency characteristics6.7 JFET and MOSFET connections6.8 JFET preselector6.9 VHF receiver preselector6.10 MOSFET preselector6.11 Voltage-tuned receiver preselector6.12 Broadband RF preamplifier for VLF, LF and AM BCB6.13 Push-pull RF amplifiers6.14 Broadband RF amplifier (50 ohm input and output)CHAPTER 7 Basics of PA Design7.1 Spectral-Domain Analysis7.2 Basic Classes of Operation: A, AB, B, and C7.3 Active Device Models7.4 High-Frequency Conduction Angle7.5 Nonlinear Effect of Collector Capacitance7.6 Push-Pull Power Amplifiers7.7 Power Gain and Stability7.8 Parametric OscillationsReferencesChapter 8 Power Amplifiers8.1 Safety hazards to be considered8.2 First design decisions8.3 Levellers, VSWR protection, RF routing switches8.4 Starting the design8.5 Low-pass filter design8.6 Discrete PA stagesReferencesChapter 9 RF/IF CircuitsChapter Introduction9.1 Mixers9.2 Modulators9.3 Analog Multipliers9.4 Logarithmic Amplifiers9.5 Tru-Power Detectors9.6 VGAs9.7 Direct Digital Synthesis9.8 PLLsChapter 10 Filters10.1 CLASSIFICATION10.2 FILTER SYNTHESIS10.3 LPFs10.4 BPFsChapter 11 Transmission Lines and PCBs as Filters11.1 Transmission Lines as Filters11.2 Open-Circuit Line11.3 Short-Circuit Line11.4 Use Of Misterminated Lines11.5 Printed Circuits as Filters11.6 Bandpass FiltersReferencesChapter 12 Tuning and Matching12.1 Vectors for RF circuits12.2 L–C resonant tank circuits12.3 Tuned RF/IF transformers12.4 Construction of RF/IF transformers12.5 Bandwidth of RF/IF transformers12.6 Choosing component values for L–C resonant tank circuits12.7 The tracking problem12.8 The RF amplifier/antenna tuner problem12.9 The local oscillator (LO) problem12.10 Trimmer capacitor method12.11 Impedance matching in RF circuits12.12 Transformer matching12.13 Resonant transformers12.14 Resonant networks12.15 Inverse-L network12.16 ð-network12.17 Split-capacitor network12.18 Transistor-to-transistor impedance matching Chapter 13 Impedance Matching13.1 BACKGROUND13.2 THE L NETWORK13.3 DEALING WITH COMPLEX LOADS13.4 THREE-ELEMENT MATCHING13.5 LOW-Q OR WIDEBAND MATCHING NETWORKS13.6 THE SMITH CHART13.7 IMPEDANCE MATCHING ON THE SMITH CHART13.8 SOFTWARE DESIGN TOOLS13.9 SUMMARYChapter 14 RF Power Linearization Techniques14.1 RF Amplifier Nonlinearity14.2 Linearization Techniques14.3 Digital Baseband Predistortion14.4 ConclusionSuggested Readings