articles on RF communications system design on the Internet is pretty hard to do, as you have probably discovered
on your way to landing on this page. I have found that one of the best sources for RF system design is from
college / university websites where professors have their class notes posted for download by students. A few are
buried inside the protected IEEE annals, and some can be found in application notes by vendors. Here are a few of
the ones I've located while looking for information for my own use. In some cases, the papers are particular to
something like RFIC design, but the basic system design principles are the same.
When searching for
yourself, try using terms like: rf system design course notes
|Advanced ICs for Communications |
By Berkeley Wireless Research Center.
CDMA2000 RF System
Design: Spreadsheet or RF System Design Software? Understanding the Tradeoffs
Article from Agilent EEsof EDA, by Anitha Swaminathan.
Comprehending Circuit And Physical Phenomena In RF System Design And Integration
By James Spoto, George Chrisikos, Michael Heimlich, and Steve Maas.
Consider Overall Cascaded
Performance When Comparing Integrated RF Frequency Mixers to Passive Mixer Solutions
features of an integrated RF and passive mixer solution.
Requirements for High-Performance ADCs and RF Components in Digital Receiver Applications
note from Maxim Integrated Products, Dallas Semiconductor.
Modulator Enables Multi-Carrier Communications Transmitters |
Application note from Maxim Integrated
Products, Dallas Semiconductor.
High Speed Communication Circuits | ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Electrical-Engineering-and-Computer-Science/6-776Spring-2005/CourseHome/index.htm
By MIT OpenCourseWare.
Introduction to RF Front-End Design | ek.isy.liu.se/~jdab/RF-PhDcourse.html
By Jerzy Dabrowski
Mixer 2x2 Spurious
Response and IP2 Relationship |
Details the definitions for 2nd order intercept point (IP2) and 2x2
spurious response, parameters frequently found in RF-related component datasheets such as mixers.
Principles of Wireless Communications | ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Electrical-Engineering-and-Computer-Science/6-452Spring-2006/DownloadthisCourse/index.htm
By MIT OpenCourseWare.
RF Circuits and Systems | rf-circuits.info/index.html
This website is targeted to explain the theory, design and simulation of RF circuits and systems.
Receiver Architectures: Fundamentals and Properties |
amesp02.tamu.edu/~sanchez/665 Lect 2-Receiver-Topologies 2006.pdf
By Texas A&M University (ESS).
Receivers, Antennas, and Signals | ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Electrical-Engineering-and-Computer-Science/6-661Spring2003/CourseHome/index.htm
by MIT OpenCourseWare.
Equation for Spread Spectrum Systems |
Provides insight into how the sensitivity of a spread spectrum
application is defined and how the desired sensitivity level for digital communication receivers can be
Simplifying Tomorrow's LO
Drive Designs with the MAX9987-90 Family of LO Buffers/Splitters |
Provides an insight into the
features and functionality of Maxim's LO buffer/splitter family MAX9987 and MAX9990.
Measurement of Local Oscillator Noise in Integrated Circuit Base Station Mixers
Application note from Maxim Integrated Products, Dallas Semiconductor.
Wideband LO Noise in
Passive Transmit-Receive Mixer ICs |
Application note from Maxim Integrated Products, Dallas