Chapter 1. Introduction

This text provides fundamental and practical technical information on smart antennas and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), two technologies that will play a major role in the future of wireless telecommunications. The information presented here is targeted at engineering professionals and wireless practitioners and is also suitable for graduate level course work.

In the past, wireless systems were deployed using fixed antenna systems, with antenna patterns that were carefully engineered to achieve desired coverage characteristics, but that could not change to react dynamically to changing traffic requirements. Smart antennas are a new technology for wireless systems that use a fixed set of antenna elements in an array. ...

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