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Behzad Razavi, Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA, leads the Communication Circuits Laboratory (CCL). Emphasizing the use of mainstream CMOS technologies, CCL's research seeks and exploits new devices, circuits, and architectures to push the performance envelope. Razavi holds a BSEE from Sharif University of Technology and MSEE and PhDEE degrees from Stanford. He was with ATT Bell Laboratories and HP Labs until 1996. An IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and IEEE Fellow, his books include Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits, Design of Integrated Circuits for Optical Communications, and Fundamentals of Microelectronics.

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  • Series: Prentice Hall Communications Engineering and Emerging Technologies Series from Ted Rappaport
  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (October 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137134738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137134731
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ling Zhu on December 2, 2011
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Well, as I stated in other Dr. Razavi's book reviews, it's my pleasure to own and read every book written by Dr. Razavi. I have been waiting for this new edition for some time, and immediately purchased this 2nd edition from amazon.com once it's published. As an RF/analog engineer, I personally have benefited from all of his masterpieces. Many thanks for the author's great efforts, Dr. Razavi's books have influenced many engineers and students in the RF/analog area.

So, how is this 2nd edition? In my opinion, it might be inappropriate to call it "2nd edition" as this is a completely new book with vast improvements from the 1st edition. We have experienced a rapid growth of RF design within last decade, and this book covers most of the fundamentals of RF circuit/system design techniques to deal with today's challenges. It's understandable that some of the readers are not happy with the 1st edition in their reviews, but this new book is totally different (Dr. Razavi says there's only 10% overlap between two editions in his preface to the 2nd edition, it's absolutely true). Here is what I like most:

1. Dedicated chapters for LNA and mixers;
2. Great coverage on passive devices;
3. Three chapters to cover frequency synthesizers, which cover fundamentals, integer-N and fractional-N synthesizers;
4. Step-by-step tutorial of modern RF transceiver design;
5. In addition to all the new materials on RF systems and circuits, one of the biggest improvements is that the author incorporated hundreds examples/problems in the book. Some help readers understand RF fundamentals, and some are very practical issues facing RF engineers.

There are several errors in the book, make an online search you'll be able to find the errata to the 2nd edition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Osman PAL on April 16, 2012
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I have been so far using the first edition as the top referance in my lectures. The second is much more detailed and covers the most recent advances in RF Microelectronics field. Thanks to B. Razavi for this very valuable and constructive recent work. I will continue using it as our major referance book and will recomend my colleques to get one issue in order to satisfy their RF dreams.
Prof. Dr. Osman PAL-Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Electronics and Communication
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nilwnah on March 19, 2013
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I've only used it for about three weeks. I think it has a good treatment on non-linearity. Haven't caught any errors yet. It's a little more pedagogical than Lee's CMOS RFIC book. It also covers very different things than Pozar.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JCC on May 12, 2012
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The second edition of this book is an excellent completely new book.

Nobody in the RF field has written a book that is even close to the level of quality of this book. The book has lots of excellent plus relevant up to date examples and exercises. Without a doubt, this book is going to be a classic for years to come.

Thomas Lee's book may come in far distance second place mainly because it is very vague and it hand waves lots of very important topics. Even though Lee is a very entertaining author, his books lack the mathematical rigor and explanations, leaving many important derivations as exercises to the reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tengjiao Wang on February 18, 2013
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The book covers much more topics than the 1st edition, represented in the contents of key building blocks of wireless transceiver. But Power Amplifier seems the drawbacks of the book which does not provide readers with a systematic way to design especially compared with the contents in T.H.Lee's book.

The Transceiver Architecture, LNA, Oscillator, PLL chapter are depicted very well.

But the chapter for Mixer is a little bit disorganized which too much emphasis on noise analysis, but the linearity seems ignored.

Passive Components, though are introduced in detail, I suppose that B.Razavi may read T.H.Lee'S book very carefully, and write this chapter, to be frank, he did not show us how to accurately design passive components like spiral inductor, bondwire, stack inductor etc.

However, anyway, this book is still highly recommended which covers many new topics.

I am wondering if Asad Abidi could write a book on RF CMOS circuits, that should be the sheer classical tome in this area since his status in this area cannot be surpassed currently. His research papers are really insightful, intuitive and accurate. Hopefully, before he retires, A. Abidi could complete such a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mohinder Jankiraman on June 30, 2013
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This author has taken pains to write a book for RF experts. He has illustrated his examples extremely well and has kept the English simple. I believe that no other book exists as well written and in this style for RF engineers and MMIC designers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on April 20, 2013
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This is a comprehensive book on analog and RF design. great reference for engineers and graduate students written by well-know professor Razavi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre da Fontoura Ponchet on October 6, 2013
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Second edition is much better that first one. The book covers the main topics in RF design. Very nice book.
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