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analogist.skew
 Post subject: Recommended RF textbooks to learn from?
Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:34 pm 
 
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Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:06 pm
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Location: US
What are the best textbooks to learn RF from? Or any other media such as courses, course notes, CDs, open courseware, etc.? What would you recommend?

I and several other analog engineers want to learn (more) RF to be able to do RF design for variety of products.

I would think first and foremost would be RF fundamentals and RF circuit design, and then more advanced progression would be into system design and communication theory.

Thanks for your input, I appreciate it.

P.S. Been a fan of the site for a long time.


Edit: To provide more details and be more specific, the work I will likely be doing:

specifying and architecting products
not consumer products, will be working on a variety of industrial and medical products
discrete design and selecting chips, less likely to be doing IC design
most design will be under 10GHz for now
some antenna design
oscillator and PLL design

But I'm interested in learning more beyond this too…

Thanks for the post Fred and Hi!


 
   
 
fred47
 Post subject: Books
Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:12 pm 
 
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Hi!

"RF" is a pretty broad field...

For RF circuit design, the pair of books by Les Besser and Rowan Gilmore is very good.

For antennas and propagation (aka electromagnetics), the books by Kraus are standards.

There are tons of books and resources - if you want something more specific, please let us know what you really need and want, in some detail.

Good Luck!

Fred


 
   
 
dbrf
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Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 12:46 am 
 
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My favorite readable basic RF books were:

Introduction to Radio Frequency Design by Wes Hayward
Solid State Radio Engineering by Krauss, Bostian and Raab

For Filters: Electronic Filter Design Handbook by Williams
For Microwave Topics: Microwave Engineering by Pozar

Cheers,

- Dan


 
   
 
FSomma
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Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 2:44 pm 
For RF amplifiers I suggest the Steve C. Cripps books:

-RF Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications (1999)
-Advanced Techniques in RF Power Amplifier Design(2002)
-RF Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications, Second Edition(2006)

Good hunting!!


 
  
 
dawnzky05
 Post subject: Re: Recommended RF textbooks to learn from?
Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:49 am 
 
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Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:38 am
Posts: 3
The lists are really educational. I'm enriching my knowledge wit this kind of books.







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