Chapter 17. Using Op Amps for RF Design
17.1. Introduction
RF design used to be the exclusive domain of discrete devices. The advent of new generations of high speed voltage and current feedback op amps made it possible to use op amps for RF design. Op amp based RF circuitry is easier to design and has less associated risk. “Tweaking” in the lab can be almost eliminated. Despite the many advantages, traditional RF designers are reluctant to utilize op amps. They are confronted with a bewildering array of op amp parameters, many of which do not relate directly to the set of design parameters with which they are familiar. This chapter bridges the gap between RF designers and op amp designers, giving RF designers common ground with which to begin ...

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