Appendix A. Acronyms

This appendix includes the most commonly used acronyms in the RF and wireless industry. Some of the more arcane acronyms have been omitted because they do not experience widespread use. Because of the nature of the wireless industry, this list will almost certainly be incomplete. (The darn engineers can abbreviate things faster than publishers can publish.)

AC Alternating current,

power from a wall outlet.


Automatic gain control, control of a variable gain amplifier.

AM Amplitude modulation,

a type of modulation.

AMPS Advanced mobile phone service,

first generation cellular in the United States.

ASIC Application-specific integrated circuit,

a custom integrated circuit.

BASK Binary amplitude shift keying ...

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