1st Edition

Tunable RF Components and Circuits
Applications in Mobile Handsets

ISBN 9781498718899
Published November 16, 2015 by CRC Press
330 Pages - 18 Color & 166 B/W Illustrations

USD $165.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.