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The Essential Guide to RF and Wireless

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Table of Contents

Preface. I. FUNDAMENTALS. 1. Basic Concepts. Introduction. Vocabulary. RF Basics. 2. RF Behavior. Loss and Gain. Decibels. Bandwidth. Wideband and Narrowband. RF in the Environment. Match. II. RF HARDWARE. 3. Basic System Components. Block Diagrams. Antennas. Amplifiers. Filters. Mixers. Sources. A Quick Review. 4. Other Components. Switches. Attenuators. Dividers and Combiners. Couplers. Circulators and Isolators. Transformers. Detectors. Phase Shifters. Phase Detectors. Review of Components. 5. Circuits and Signals. Semiconductors. Circuit Technologies. Modulation. Getting Around. III. RF SYSTEMS. 6. Older Technology. Broadcasting. Radar. Satellite Communications. Point-to-Point Microwave. 7. Mobile Telephony. A World of Choices. The Cellular Concept. Underlying Technology. CDMA Explained. Cellular Evolution. 8. The New World of Wireless. Broadband Fixed Wireless. Wireless Networks. The Mobile Internet. The Bleeding Edge. Glossary. Appendix A. Acronyms. Appendix B. Specifications. Bibliography. About the Author. Index.

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This complete, friendly, non-technical introduction to wireless and RF technologies has just been updated to reflect the industry's newest technologies and latest trends. The Essential Guide to RF and Wireless, Second Edition covers wireless and RF technologies at every level non-technical professionals need to understand, including fundamental concepts, basic terminology, components, system building blocks, and above all, how complete wireless systems actually work. Carl J. Weisman introduces each of today's hottest wireless technologies, including spread spectrum, wireless local loop, ISM, LMDS, CDMA -- as well as some of tomorrow's most promising standards. The book is remarkably accessible: written in a light, engaging tone, with extensive use of figures, photographs, and visual analogies proven to make wireless and RF technologies easier to understand. This edition's extensive new coverage includes smart antennas and superconducting filters, satellite Internet delivery, and an entirely new chapter on broadband fixed wireless, wireless networking, and mobile Internet access. This edition also contains expanded discussions of GPS; phase modulation; and an updated preview of the future of mobile telephony. For anyone working in and around the wireless/RF industries who does not have an engineering degree or strong technical background.

About the Author

CARL J. WEISMAN has extensive experience communicating with non-technical people in the sales chain of RF components and subsystems and has done extensive sales training for RF manufacturers' representatives and distributors such as Avnet/Penstock, Richardson Electronics, Sertek, TTI, and Insight Electronics. He is now a consultant providing marketing communications, technology analysis, and other relevant expertise to high-technology firms.

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