Chapter 3. Communication Concepts

The design of highly-integrated RF transceivers requires a solid understanding of communication theory. For example, as mentioned in Chapter 2, the receiver sensitivity depends on the minimum acceptable signal-to-noise ratio, which itself depends on the type of modulation. In fact, today we rarely design a low-noise amplifier, an oscillator, etc., with no attention to the type of transceiver in which they are used. Furthermore, modern RF designers must regularly interact with digital signal processing engineers to trade functions and specifications and must therefore speak the same language.

This chapter provides a basic, yet necessary, understanding of modulation theory and wireless standards. Tailored to a ...

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