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The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Second Edition [Hardcover]

Thomas H. Lee
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December 22, 2003 0521835399 978-0521835398 2
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. First Edition Hb (1998): 0-521-63061-4 First Edition Pb (1998); 0-521-63922-0

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Editorial Reviews

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"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.”
Electronic Design

"...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..."
IEEE Circuits and Devices Magazine

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.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (December 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521835399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521835398
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an introductory text May 25, 2005
By RFguy
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to CMOS RF Design February 10, 2000
By A Customer
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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, maybe not such a great title ! July 28, 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The first chapter alone is worth the money. 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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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No circuit analysis at ALL August 2, 2006
By John
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical engineering textbook July 25, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I used the Design of CMOS RF IC as one of a couple books in an RFIC design course. As others have pointed out there are fewer derivations then you see in your typical book. Instead the author has chosen to impart wisdom through the written word. There are of course some equations but far fewer then in your usual book. Not every author could produce a valuable book using this method but Professor Lee certainly has. This book is really for someone who already has a solid grounding in circuit and is ready to start developing their brain into how to approach new kinds of problems. There are many nuggets throughout the book that if you stop and think about when you encounter will make you a much better engineer. I strongly recommend this book but for someone who is already comfortable with analyzing circuits and is working to improve the far more valuable difficult skill to develop of thinking about circuits and the issues in creating new circuits.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The book arrived on time and in great condition. Just the way any customer would want and expect. So, I was very happy with the experience.
Published on October 27, 2011 by William
4.0 out of 5 stars Advanced book but well explained
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This book gives very practical knowledge on analog and in particular,RF, IC design. Read more
Published on October 23, 2010 by rohit mittal
5.0 out of 5 stars RF CMOS
I have enjoyed reading this book. It has a writing style that keeps your interest and covers a wide variety of RF topics in a manner that is easy to understand. Read more
Published on October 6, 2009 by Stanley J. Goldman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book bad author
While this book covers many very obscure subjects and the style is quite amusing and keeps you interested. Read more
Published on July 2, 2009 by O. G. T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book in RF design
A good book on RF Design techniques. Prof. Lee was also the instructor when I took this class at Stanford, and his style of writing and teaching made the learning all the more... Read more
Published on January 17, 2009 by Pradeep Kanapathipillai
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
This is an excellent book for rf circuit design and system design. I suggest that readers read the whole book, do not miss a single line. Read more
Published on August 12, 2008 by Jun Ni
5.0 out of 5 stars This book, aaaaaaaaaaaaaah
going through the reviews of this book, I keep going back and asking myself the old question of the value in democratic wisdom. Read more
Published on July 25, 2008 by Mohammad Omer
3.0 out of 5 stars level of details is very inconsistent
Overall it is very good book however if you want to learn stuff you want a smooth flow which this book does not offer. Read more
Published on July 5, 2008 by Student
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
Overall this is a great book on RF circuit design. My only complaints are that the section on PLLs seems difficult to understand (although maybe it's just me) and that the design... Read more
Published on June 25, 2008 by Henry Nguyen
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book
This is a must-have textbook if you would like to focus on RF IC. The text is easy to read and it has many examples to illustrate the principles.
Published on March 15, 2008 by Dannyc
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