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The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Second Edition 2nd Edition

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Editorial Reviews


"Tom Lee has written a terrific book. Everyone that visits my office wants to borrow it, and I tell them to go buy their own."
David Rutledge, California Institute of Technology

"[A] useful reference both for students in advanced courses and for engineers in the field."
Dejan S. Vujic, Communications Engineer

"Tom Lee's love of, and deep involvement in, radio-frequency integrated circuits is immediately obvious upon glancing through this excellent and original book. Some of his viewpoints are controversial; but this, in fact, makes this stimulating, hard-to-put-down book all the more interesting."
Yannis Tsividis, Columbia University

“Thomas Lee uses [an] engaging history lesson as a starting point for this 797-page guide to the design of gigahertz RF ICs. In the second edition, Lee has tweaked all of the first-edition material and added additional information...The author's conversational writing style interspersed with lighthearted humor is enjoyable to read.”
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"...The first edition of this book, published in 1998, was a pioneering textbook on the field of RF CMOS design. This second edition is a very interesting and upgraded version that includes new material and revised topics...This second edition, which is upgraded and improved, is really useful, both in the industry and academia, for the new generation of RF engineers...and is a valuable reference for practicing engineers..."
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Book Description

This expanded and thoroughly revised edition of Thomas H. Lee's acclaimed guide to the design of gigahertz RF integrated circuits features a completely new chapter on the principles of wireless systems. The chapters on low-noise amplifiers, oscillators and phase noise have been significantly expanded as well. The chapter on architectures now contains several examples of complete chip designs that bring together all the various theoretical and practical elements involved in producing a prototype chip. To complement the new material, every other section of the book has been revised and updated.


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  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (December 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521835399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521835398
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 10 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By RFguy on May 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for a book on CMOS design this is not it. An excellent choice would be the book by Gray and Meyer. If you're looking for a book on RF design this is not it either. Unfortunately there is no definitive text on RF design. For RF system concepts I like 'Radio Communications Concepts: Analog' by Ralph Carson. For a good intro to S-parameters and matching take a look at 'Microwave Transistor Amplifiers' by Gonzales. For in-depth treatment try 'Microwave and RF Circuits: Analysis, Synthesis and Design' by Max Medley, but be warned this one is very math intensive and assumes a good knowledge of network theory. For some good RF cookbook circuits get Vizmuller's, 'RF Design Guide'. I've yet to find a good overall treatment of nonlinear circuits.

So what is this book? If you are familiar with discrete RF design and have a knowledge of CMOS analog design this book helps you tie the two together for high frequency RFIC design. Although the level of detail is a little thin the chapters on high frequency amplifiers and other RF circuits are very useful and cover some topologies and concepts that are not commonly found in other books.

The value in this text is that it presents an overview of many different ways to arrive at the RF blocks of a transceiver in CMOS and presents the tradeoffs and limitations of each.

The book would have been better if the review material on CMOS and voltage/current references were left out since they are covered in very little detail and there are many other texts that do a better job on those topics. I would have preferred more detail on the high freqeuncy integrated architectures which are the forte of this book.

I consider it a good purchase.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Possibly the most well-written book on CMOS design I have ever read. Relaxed, readable style and an emphasis on core ideas and rule-of-thumb design rules, makes this an extremely useful practical guide, as well as a great introduction to a complex topic. Some excellent advanced material on oscillator design too. I particularly liked the first and last chapters giving a history of radio design - very interesting background. I think the best compliment I can give this book is that I found it difficult to put down - for a circuits textbook, that is truly an incredible achievement!
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John on August 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book was used for an upper level graduate course at my university. Unfortunately, all of the homeworks used questions from this textbook, and we were not able to complete ANY of them using the analysis (or lack there of) covered in this text. We struggled to find answers in this book, but eventually found the answers using other textbooks or notes we gained from other professors and classes.

This goes to highlight the troubling situation in RF analysis: There is NO good textbook that covers this area, but there are many textbooks that are good in certain aspects of RF design. Lee focus's entirely too much on theory and intuition, and never enough on actual practice and calculations. At one point, to get away from actually deriving an answer (which my class has become convinced that he does not know how to do) he simply says "since this is not a book on circuit theory, we will not go into the derivations here but leave it to the reader". This kind of attitude is not acceptable when learning electronics, and the kind of "trial and error" practice promoted by his kind of teaching will not produce any real engineers without the aid of another textbook or course.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. A Benson on July 28, 2004
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I am an analog / mixed signal / signal processing / RF engineer with 30+ years of design experience. A friend of mine lent me the book. I could not put it down! This book was not purchased with with the expectation of designing RF ICs, hence my minor dig on the title. The book is really a broad band reference covering a wide range of topics including some great history. Professor Lee has created a reference that is only outdone by the likes of Frederick Terman! His humor is also keenly appreciated. The rest of the ivory-tower stuffed-shirts could benefit from a lecture or two by Lee on this topic :-)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Darrin Taylor on May 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
The first chapter of this book gives a history of radio design with schematics. The cmos portion gives a good coverage of RF components, smith charts, CMOS inductors, Bandwidth estimation techniques etc. More an RF issues book than a cmos layout book with almost all layout examples being single components. This is an excellent single issue book focused on Radio design specifically CMOS radio design. Those looking for a book focused on CMOS design should buy this book in addition to another.
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By Ssound on July 28, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I really appreciate this book, the informal writting style of Prof. Lee and his great sense of humor makes it a real joy to read this book. His main approach is that the book is directed towards engineers, who need to know the required math and physics yet the math and physics must prove useful in real world applications, so the author will use approximations when it seems appropriate and spend little time in mathematical proofs, unless they are absolutely crucial to the topic.

This is no beginners book, in my opinion, you must already know a lot about RF design, and specially integrated design, this book will join the gap between those two fields while providing useful applications at higher frequencies that are not covered in the traditional IC design books.

The book has a review of MOS devices, but If you are not already familiar with RF design and IC design, then this book will not be very useful to you, I would recommend reading RF and IC design books first, for the RF part: Razavi's book RF Micro electronics, aswell as RF Circuit Design by Ludwig and Bogdanov, for IC design: Microelectronic Circuits by Sedra/Smith, Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits by Gray et al. or the new book by Sergio Franco: Analog Circuit Design Discrete & Integrated, is also a real gem. If you are not familiar with communication systems, you should check out the old yet very useful undergraduate textbook: Electronic Communications Systems by Wayne Tomasi, which provides a very basic and general overview of communications circuits and systems, or if you are interested you could also check out the more advanced book Digital and Analog Communication Systems by Leon W.
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