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The Essential Guide to RF and Wireless, Second Edition by Carl J. Weisman

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5 Circuits and Signals

In this chapter…

Semiconductors

Circuit Technologies

Modulation

Getting Around

This chapter ties together, literally, all the components discussed up to this point. Three different circuit technologies used to manufacture RF components are introduced: discrete, hybrid, and MMIC. Their differences are noted, as well as the reasons why one is chosen over another in a particular situation. The three are also viewed from the standpoint of both performance and cost impact. Additionally, this chapter covers three different component interconnection schemes: cable, waveguide, and traces. Once again, the reasons why one is chosen over another are pointed out.

This chapter also introduces you to two different circuit philosophies: ...

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