week, I select a new book that is relevant to engineers, scientists, students, hobbyists or managers.
Most of the time they are sold through Amazon (I earn a few pennies on each sale), but when possible,
I present books that are available in an e-book format that can be downloaded for free. The latter
are much less available. After all, most people like to be paid for their work, as I'm certain
that you do, too.
Note: I just began archiving these picks in May of 2009, but they have been going on since
Engineering Handbook Vol 2: Microwave Circuits, Antennas and Propagation, by B. Smith
and M.H. Carpentier. The Microwave Engineering Handbook provides the only complete reference
available on microwave engineering. All entries in the handbook are written by experts in
the area, bringing together an unrivalled collection of expertise on microwave technology.
It covers all of the major circuit types used in microwave systems and also covers antennas
and propagation, an area vital to microwave systems. The emphasis is on fundamental principles
and practical hardware, providing a wealth of information for engineers and system designers.
Management for Business Engineering and Technology, by John Nicholas and Herman Steyn.
There is an ever-growing need for better project management within the disciplines of engineering,
business and technology and this new edition is a direct response to that need. By emphasizing
practical applications, this book targets the ultimate purpose of project management; to unify
and integrate the interests, resources and work efforts of many stakeholders to accomplish
the overall project goal. The book encompasses the essential background material required,
from philosophy to methodology, before presenting concepts and techniques for practical application
on topics including: project initiation and proposals scope and task definition scheduling
budgeting risk analysis.
Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, Tony Wagner. Wagner
identifies a pattern - a childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated interests, which
in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play,
passion, and purpose: These are the forces that drive young innovators. Wagner shows how we
can apply this knowledge as educators and what parents can do to compensate for poor schooling.
He takes readers into the most forward-thinking schools, colleges, and workplaces in the country,
where teachers and employers are developing cultures of innovation based on collaboration,
interdisciplinary problem-solving, and intrinsic motivation. The result is a timely, provocative,
and inspiring manifesto that will change how we look at our schools and workplaces, and provide
us with a road map for creating the change makers of tomorrow.
Line Transformers, by Jerry Sevick. Recommended by RF Cafe visitor Alexander T.,
this 4th edition of a classic text on transmission line transformers for high frequencies
includes new chapters on transmission line transformer efficiency, power combiners and mixer
transformers, and equal-delay transformers. Techniques of Guanella and Ruthroff as well as
hundreds of real transformers constructed and measured to establish the practical levels of
bandwidth and loss performance.
RF Front-Ends for Ultra Wideband Radios, by Aminghasem Safarian and Payam Heydari,
comprehensively studies silicon-based distributed architectures in wideband circuits. The
book begins with an introduction of several transceiver architectures for UWB. The discussion
then focuses on RF front-end of the UWB radio. First, the design and analysis of a performance-optimized
CMOS distributed LNA is presented. This is followed by design of novel distributed RF front-ends
for UWB IF-receivers (UWB-DRF). The book continues with the introduction of a novel distributed
direct conversion RF front-end (DDC-RF).
Static Discharge: Understand, Simulate, and Fix ESD Problems, by Michel Mardiguian.
Recognizing its methodic, step-by-step attack of the ESD problem, the initial release of this
book was quoted by specialists as "the most thorough and concise treatment of the broad ESD
continuum that is available." The book begins with the basics of ESD for humans and objects,
and goes on to cover: Effects of ESD coupled to electronics Principal ESD specifications
ESD diagnostics and testing Design for ESD immunity To help with troubleshooting, many
ESD case histories are given along with their successful fixes. Electrostatic Discharge is
essential reading for all designers who want to avoid component failures, no trouble found
incidents, and random errors.
and Microwave Radiation Safety, by Ronald Kitchen. A practical handbook for all involved
in electronic design and safety assessment, RF and Microwave Radiation Safety covers the problems
of RF safety management, including the use of measuring instruments and methods, radiation
hazards and risks resulting from electromagnetic interference, as well as reviewing current
safety standards and the implications for RF design. The second edition takes into account
a wide range of technical and legislative changes, and has been revised in line with the latest
EU and international standards. Issues raised by increasing levels of microwave pollution
from mobile phones and other sources are also confronted.
of Microwave Component Measurements: with Advanced VNA Techniques, by Joel P. Dunsmore.
This book provides state-of-the-art coverage for making measurements on RF and microwave components,
both active and passive. A perfect reference for R&D and Test Engineers, with topics ranging
from the best practices for basic measurements, to an in-depth analysis of errors, correction
methods, and uncertainty analysis, this book provides everything you need to understand microwave
measurements. Primary focus is on active and passive measurements using a Vector Network Analyzer.
Microelectronics, by Behzad Razavi. Wireless communication has become almost as ubiquitous
as electricity, but RF design continues to challenge engineers and researchers. In the 15
years since the first edition of this classic text, the demand for higher performance has
led to an explosive growth of RF design techniques. In RF Microelectronics, 2nd Edition, Behzad
Razavi systematically teaches the fundamentals as well as the state-of-the-art developments
in the analysis and design of RF circuits and transceivers. Razavi has written the second
edition to reflect today’s RF microelectronics, covering key topics in far greater detail.
At nearly three times the length of the first edition, the second edition is an indispensable
tome for both students and practicing engineers.
of RF and Microwave Power Amplifiers, by John L. B. Walker. Whether you are an RF
transistor designer, an amplifier designer or a system designer, this is your one-stop guide
to RF and microwave transistor power amplifiers. A team of expert authors brings you up to
speed on every topic, including: devices (Si LDMOS and VDMOS, GaAs FETs, GaN HEMTs), circuit
and amplifier design (discrete, hybrid and monolithic), CAD, thermal design, reliability,
and system applications/requirements for RF and microwave transistor amplifiers. Covering
state-of-the-art developments and emphasizing practical communications applications, this
is the complete professional reference on the subject.
Micro-Doppler Effect in Radar, by Victor C. Chen
(Graciously provided by Artech
House). The Doppler Effect can be thought of as the change in frequency of a wave
for an observer moving relative to the source of the wave. In radar, it is used to measure
the velocity of detected objects. This highly practical resource provides thorough working
knowledge of the micro-Doppler effect in radar, including its principles, applications and
implementation with MATLAB codes. The book presents code for simulating radar backscattering
from targets with various motions, generating micro-Doppler signatures, and analyzing the
characteristics of targets. This book is the subject to
RF Cafe Quiz #42.
Basics: From Semiconductor Manufacturing to Use, Steven H. Voldman
(he was my Semiconductors class professor for two semesters
at UVM) The text is unique in covering semiconductor chip manufacturing issues, ESD
semiconductor chip design, and system problems confronted today as well as the future of ESD
phenomena and nano-technology. Extensive coverage on the fundamentals of electrostatics, triboelectric
charging, and how they relate to present day manufacturing environments of micro-electronics
to nano-technology, semiconductor manufacturing handling and auditing processing to avoid
ESD failures ESD, EOS, EMI, EMC, and latchup, component and system level testing to demonstrate
product resilience from human body model (HBM), transmission line pulse (TLP), charged device
model (CDM), human metal model (HMM), cable discharge events (CDE), to system level IEC 61000-4-2
tests, and ESD on-chip design and process manufacturing practices.
of RF and Microwave Grounding, by Eric Holzman. Grounding is a widespread and serious
problem in microwave and RF engineering and, up until now, there hasn't been a practical,
authoritative resource dedicated to the topic. This first-of-its-kind volume offers professionals
a comprehensive understanding of the proper grounding techniques to use when working on varied
microwave circuit and antenna design projects. Practitioners learn what problems can occur
when grounding design is inadequate, and how to avoid them. The book covers a wide range of
critical topics, from the fundamentals of low frequency circuit theory and the differences
between DC and RF short circuits...to grounding in active microwave component design and grounding
issues related to antennas.
Antennas, by S. Drabowitch, A. Papiernik, Hugh Griffiths, J. Encinas, and B.L. Smith.
A complete and rigorous treatment of design principles for modern antennas, including chapters
on signal theory and signal processing antennas, radar and polarimetry. Contains significant
new material on antennas for mobile communications to supply a complete picture of antennas
for modern radio communications applications. Says a reviewer, "This is an excellent book
both technically and because it gives a 'fresh' European perspective on modern antenna engineering
written by practicing antenna designers."
to RF Design Using EM Simulators, by Hiroaki and Yoshie Kogure, and James Rautio
(graciously provided by
Artech House). Richly
illustrated and written in an easy-to-comprehend style, this highly accessible resource provides
novice engineers and engineering students with a solid introduction to the use of electromagnetics
(EM) simulation in RF design. Engineers learn how to use EM software to design microwave circuits
and to conduct signal integrity analysis of high-speed digital circuits. This authoritative
book describes exactly how microwave and high-speed digital circuits operate, offering practitioners
clear troubleshooting guidance for their work with these circuits. Professionals and students
also benefit from a thorough overview of the wide range of high-frequency circuits and related
EM tools (Sonnet) being utilized in the field today. DVD is included! This book is the subject
to RF Cafe Quiz #41.
and Millimeter Wave Circuits and Systems: Emerging Design, Technologies and Applications,
A. Georgiadis, H. Rogier , L. Roselli, P. Arcion. The book provides a wide spectrum of current
trends in the design of microwave and millimeter circuits and systems, and identifies the
state-of-the art challenges in microwave and millimeter wave circuits systems design such
as behavioral modeling of circuit components, software radio and digitally enhanced front-ends,
new and promising technologies such as substrate-integrated-waveguide (SIW) and wearable electronic
systems, and emerging applications such as tracking of moving targets using ultra-wideband
radar, and new generation satellite navigation systems. Each chapter treats a selected problem
and challenge within the field of Microwave and Millimeter wave circuits, and contains case
studies and examples where appropriate.