The name of the book says it all and then some. RF Measurements For Cellular Phones And Wireless Data Systems includes so much content, I barely know where to start. Written by Allan W. Scott and Rex Frobenius and published by John Wiley and Sons, this book describes how designers can test and measure the wide range of wireless gear now being developed, with an emphasis on cellular equipment. Books on this subject are rare, and up-to-date books are rarer, making RF Measurements a valuable addition to your library.

The book’s 36 chapters tackle every aspect of RF and wireless technology in a concise format. It reviews circuits as well as the tests they require. It also covers test equipment with guidelines on how to make the most important measurements. The first chapter conveniently summarizes what’s in the following chapters. I particularly liked the chapter on mismatches, which reviews the Smith chart. The chapter of digital modulation provides a good, basic tutorial.

The chapters on test equipment cover signal generators, RF power meters, frequency counters, vector network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, vector signal analyzers, and noise figure meters. Do you know how these devices actually work? It helps to know. Also, there are a couple of good chapters on coax cable and connectors—something you rarely see but regularly encounter.

Other chapters look at modern circuits like mixers, upconverters, power amplifiers, low-noise amplifiers (LNAs), filters, and some common specs and tests. Several chapters examine circuit testing in detail. The book also has a good chapter on orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) and orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA), which are at the heart of every new wireless standard like Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMAX.

You can’t design or build anything without testing it. The test equipment manufacturers do a great job of providing equipment, but this book helps explain what that equipment is, how it works, and how to use it. It’s a good addition to your wireless library.


RF Measurements For Cellular Phones And Wireless Data Systems describes how designers can test and measure the wide range of wireless gear now being developed, with an emphasis on cellular equipment.






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