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design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at
the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps
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by Dr. Michael Steer, NC State University
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Microwave and RF Design - Radio Systems (vol. 1), by Dr.
Microwave and RF Design - Networks (vol. 3), by Dr. Michael
Microwave and RF Design - Amplifiers and Oscillators (vol. 5),
by Dr. Michael Steer
Microwave and RF Design - Transmission Lines (vol. 2), by
Dr. Michael Steer
Microwave and RF Design - Modules (vol. 4), by Dr. Michael
Fundamentals of Microwave and RF Design, by Dr. Michael Steer
Michael Steer, Lampe Distinguished Professor of Electrical and computer Engineering
at the NC State University, has released half a dozen of his books on RF system
and circuit design in the form of OpenAccess eBooks, and are downloadable at no
cost on the NC State website. Dr. Steer is a prolific author whose books
are chock full of highly useful illustrations and photographs. The first five "Microwave
and RF Design" books, volumes 1 through 5, cover a wide swath of ground with concentrations
in radio systems, transmission lines, networks, modules, and amplifiers and oscillators.
The final book, "Fundamentals of Microwave and RF Design," is a summary of the first
five that will prove useful to newcomers in the field.
Excerpts of the books' contents are quoted below.
Microwave and RF Design: Radio Systems, Volume 1
- Describes system concepts and provides comprehensive knowledge of RF and microwave
systems. The emphasis is on understanding how systems are crafted from many different
technologies and concepts.
Microwave and RF Design: Transmission Lines, Volume 2
- Transmission line theory and introduces the concepts of forward- and backward-traveling
waves. Many examples are included of advanced techniques for analyzing and designing
transmission line networks. Describes frequency-dependent transmission line effects
and describes the design choices that must be taken to avoid multimoding. Addresses
coupled-lines. It is shown how to design coupled-line networks that exploit this
distributed effect to realize novel circuit functionality and how to design networks
that minimize negative effects.
Microwave and RF Design: Networks, Volume 3
- Microwave networks with descriptions based on S−parameters and ABCD matrices,
and the representation of reflection and transmission information on polar plots
called Smith charts. Microwave measurement and calibration technology are examined.
Many of these have lumped-element equivalents and how lumped elements and transmission
lines can be combined as a compromise between the high performance of transmission
line structures and the compactness of lumped elements. In-depth treatment of matching
for maximum power transfer. Both lumped-element and distributed-element matching
and RF Design: Modules, Volume 4
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- Design of systems based on microwave modules. Use of modules has become increasingly
important in RF and microwave engineering. Wide variety of RF modules including
amplifiers, local oscillators, switches, circulators, isolators, phase detectors,
frequency multipliers and dividers, phase-locked loops, and direct digital synthesizers.
Wide variety of passive and active modules are available and high-performance systems
can be realized cost effectively and with stellar performance by using off-the-shelf
modules interconnected using planar transmission lines.
Microwave and RF Design: Amplifiers and Oscillators, Volume 5
- Design of amplifiers and oscillators in a way that enables state-of-the-art
designs to be developed. Detailed strategies for amplifiers and voltage-controlled
oscillators are presented. Design of competitive microwave amplifiers and oscillators
are particularly challenging as many trade-offs are required in design, and the
design decisions cannot be reduced to a formulaic flow.
Fundamentals of Microwave and RF Design
- This book is derived from a multi volume book series with an emphasis in this
Fundamentals book being on presenting material, the fundamentals, required to cross
the threshold to RF and microwave design. The series itself comprises textbooks
for several postgraduate classes and is also a comprehensive reference library on
microwave engineering. However the series is too detailed for a first course on
microwave engineering. But since The Fundamentals of RF and Microwave Design closely
parallels the book series, referencing the book series will be familiar and welcoming.
If (and only if) the hyperlinks provided for the eBooks stop working, send me
a note and I will send the PDF files you need to you.
Posted October 7, 2019