1st Edition

Tunable RF Components and Circuits Applications in Mobile Handsets

Edited By Jeffrey L. Hilbert Copyright 2016
    350 Pages 18 Color & 166 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    350 Pages 18 Color & 166 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    An Industry Perspective on Key Tunable Technologies and Applications

    Tunable RF Components and Circuits: Applications in Mobile Handsets provides a technical introduction to the state of the art in tunable radio frequency (RF) components, circuits, and applications and discusses the foundational work that has been done to date. Leading practitioners in the field share their expertise on tunable devices in mobile handset applications. Through these practical viewpoints, readers discover how to use tunable RF techniques and devices to develop successful product designs.

    A substantial portion of the book focuses on antennas and antenna tuning, reflecting the dominance of the antenna tuning application in today’s commercial market for tunable RF. The book explains how RF-microelectromechanical systems (RF-MEMS), barium strontium titinate (BST), silicon-on-insulator (SOI) field effect transistors (FETs), and high-performance complementary metal oxide semiconductors (CMOS) are used as enabling technologies for tunable functions in current and next-generation radio architectures. The book also describes power amplifier envelope tracking, an emerging and important technique for improving efficiency; presents a network operator’s perspective on the evolution of the handset front end; and explores emerging approaches to production testing of wireless devices.

    Tunable RF Market Overview
    Jeffrey Hilbert
    RFSOI Technologies on HR Silicon Substrates for Reconfigurable Wireless Solutions
    Julio Costa
    BST Technology for Mobile Applications
    David Laks and James Oakes
    Tuned Antennas for Embedded Applications
    Frank Caimi
    Tunable and Adaptive Antenna Systems
    Laurent Desclos, Sebastian Rowson, and Jeff Shamblin
    Effective Antenna Aperture Tuning with RF-MEMS
    Larry Morrell and Paul Tornatta
    RF-CMOS Impedance Tuners: Performance Metrics and Design Trade-Offs
    Tero Ranta
    Handset Antenna Tuning Using BST
    Paul McIntosh
    Aperture-Tunable Antennas: Handset OEM Perspective
    Ping Shi
    Power Amplifier Envelope Tracking
    Jeremy Hendy and Gerard Wimpenny
    MEMS Switching in the Handset RF Front End
    Igor Lalicevic
    Case Study of Tunable Radio Architectures
    Alpaslan Demir and Tanbir Haque
    Network Operator Perspectives
    Yuang Lou
    Testing Wireless Devices in Manufacturing
    Rob Brownstein and Minh-Chau Huynh


    Jeffrey L. Hilbert is the president and founder of WiSpry, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company utilizing CMOS-integrated radio frequency microelectromechanical systems (RF-MEMS) technology to develop tunable RF products for the cellular communications and wireless consumer electronics markets. He has more than 35 years of executive management and technical experience in a number of leading semiconductor and MEMS companies, including LSI Logic, Compass Design Automation, AMCC, Motorola, Harris, and Coventor. He received a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Florida and an MS in computer science from the Florida Institute of Technology, and has done course work toward a PhD in computer engineering from North Carolina State University.