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Practical Digital Wireless Signals


Part of The Cambridge RF and Microwave Engineering Series

  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107674097

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  • Do you need to know what signal type to select for a wireless application? Quickly develop a useful expertise in digital modulation with this practical guide, based on the author's experience of over thirty years in industrial design. You will understand the physical meaning behind the mathematics of wireless signals and learn the intricacies and tradeoffs in signal selection and design. Six modulation families and twelve modulation types are covered in depth, together with a quantitative ranking of relative cost incurred to implement any of twelve modulation types. Extensive discussions of the Shannon Limit, Nyquist filtering, efficiency measures and signal-to-noise measures are provided, radio wave propagation and antennas, multiple access techniques, and signal coding principles are all covered, and spread spectrum and wireless system operation requirements are presented.

    • Presents the physical meaning behind the mathematics of wireless signals, plus the intricacies and tradeoffs in signal selection and design
    • Provides a quantitative ranking of cost incurred to implement any of 12 different modulation types
    • Covers radio wave propagation and antennas, multiple access techniques, and signal coding principles
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    Review of the hardback: 'Any architect defining communications features for wireless products should find this book useful … a book you can actually read. … experienced readers … will find details in the unique explanations that offer greater insight into principles they thought they already knew.' High Frequency Electronics

    Review of the hardback: '… a fun tour of signals, noise, circuit techniques, wireless propagation limitations, the math of error correction codes, and the limits of information transfer.' IEEE Microwave Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107674097
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Glossary and abbreviations
    Terms and conventions
    1. Keying, states, and block diagram construction
    2. Common issues and signal characterization
    3. Important details on results from Shannon, Nyquist, and others
    4. Digital amplitude modulation: ASK
    5. Digital frequency modulation: FSK
    6. Digital phase modulation: PSK
    7. Combined digital modulations: QAM and OFDM
    8. Spread spectrum
    9. Wireless propagation and antenna fundamentals
    10. Principles of coding
    11. Multiple access techniques
    12. Signal trade-offs and system evolution
    Appendix A. Phasor review
    Appendix B. Decibels (dB) really are simple
    Appendix C. Analog modulation basics
    Appendix D. Quadrature modulation and demodulation principles
    Appendix E. Polar modulation and demodulation principles
    Appendix F. Derivative-zeroed pulse family
    Appendix G. Selected DWC standards and their modulations.

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    Earl McCune
    Earl McCune is a practising engineer and Silicon Valley entrepreneur. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of California, Davis, he has over thirty years of post-graduate industry experience in wireless communications circuits and systems. Now semi-retired, he has founded two successful start-up companies, each of them winning industrial awards for their technical innovation.

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