Chapter 2. Basic Concepts in RF Design

RF design draws upon many concepts from a variety of fields, including signals and systems, electromagnetics and microwave theory, and communications. Nonetheless, RF design has developed its own analytical methods and its own language. For example, while the nonlinear behavior of analog circuits may be characterized by “harmonic distortion,” that of RF circuits is quantified by very different measures.

This chapter deals with general concepts that prove essential to the analysis and design of RF circuits, closing the gaps with respect to other fields such as analog design, microwave theory, and communication systems. The outline is shown below.

2.1 General Considerations

2.1.1 Units in RF Design

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