Author: Chris Bowick
Though this is a field I have not been exposed to much professionally, I've always been curious about RF design. I purchased this book hoping to get a more solid foundation on RF technology.
The book didn't disappoint. Even if you don't work in RF design directly, you will find that much of the material presented in this book is important in other fields like high-speed signalling and telecommunications. I particularly enjoyed the presentation approach. Rather than trying to cover all possible topics in RF design (an impossible task), the author chose instead to focus on a few important, fundamental topics and cover those in some detail. I enjoy books that present enough theory to give you a solid understanding of the concepts, followed by practical application examples. Most of the chapters in this book are full of examples, often taking as much if not more space than the 'main' text. It's an effective way of teaching, and I felt like the examples were clear an germane to the topics at hand. The first couple of chapters are perhaps the best in the book, covering component selection, resonant circuits, filters and impedance matching. I studied Smith charts in college but I confess I never understood them very well until I got my hands in this book. Later chapters cover amplifier, and RF front-end design. The last few chapters are perhaps the least successful as the author tries to cover software design tools. These chapters feel more like an after-thought, and are not as in-depth as the early ones. They do however give you a good overview of the modern RF design flow for professionals in the field. I do wish the book covered antenna and oscillator design, and felt those topics were somewhat of a 'gap' in a text about RF. However, this is probably better covered in separate books. The author did an excellent job of clearly explaining the fundamental concepts in RF and for that I highly recommend his work.