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Advances in Analog and RF IC Design for Wireless Communication Systems by Domine W Leenaerts, Gabriele Manganaro

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Chapter 1

Wireless Infrastructure

Gabriele Manganaroa and Domine Leenaertsb,    aAnalog Devices, Boston, USA, bNXP Semiconductors, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Introduction

Wireless communication is today one of the most important ways to transport voice, video, and data using radio-frequency (RF) or microwaves. In fact, since 2002, more phone calls are made via a wireless link rather than a wired link. Even more striking, according to recent statistics on a global scale, today there are already more mobile phone subscriptions than people with access to electricity or access to safe drinking water. The modern mobile handheld terminal, the smartphone, is a clear example of it; it transports voice via a GSM, or W-CDMA cellular communication pipe ...

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