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The RF in RFID: Passive UHF RFID in Practice [Kindle Edition]

Daniel M. Dobkin
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0750682094
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0750682091
  • Length: 504 pages
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Book Description

This book includes a survey of all RFID fundamentals and practices in the first part of the book while the second part focuses on UHF passive technology. This coverage of UHF technology and its components including tags, readers, and antennas is essential to commercial implementation in supply chain logistics and security.

Readers of this book should have an electrical engineering background but have not yet dealt with RFID. To this end, Dr. Dobkin is very careful to illustrate all concepts and detail his explanations meticulously. In this way he brings the reader along organically showing him/her what to expect, develop, and use while implementing an RFID system.

Chapter 1:Introduction
Chapter 2: History and Practice of RFID
Chapter 3: Radio Basics For UHF RFID
Chapter 4: UHF RFID Readers
Chapter 5: UHF RFID Tags
Chapter 6: Reader Antennas
Chapter 7: Tag Antennas
Chapter 8: UHF RFID Protocols
Appendix 1: Radio Regulations
Appendix 2: Harmonic Functions
Appendix 3: Resistance, Impedance and Switching
Appendix 4: Reflection and Matching

*This technology is happening NOW at major chain stores such as Wal-Mart and Target
*RFID revenues are estimated to soar to about $7 billion by 2008
*Companion website provides full-color images, spreadsheets, an open-source example graphical user interface, and demo versions of commercial software

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About the Author

Dr. Dobkin has been involved in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of communications devices, components, and systems for 28 years. He holds a BS from the California Institute of Technology, and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, all in Applied Physics. He is the author of two books and about 30 technical publications, and holds 7 US patents as inventor or co-inventor. He has given numerous talks and classes on radio-frequency identification in the US and Asia. He specializes in physical-layer issues: radios and signal generation, antennas, and signal propagation. Dr. Dobkin lives in Sunnyvale, CA, with his wife, Nina, children Nicholas and Amelia, and entirely too many toys and video game consoles.

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  • File Size: 11107 KB
  • Print Length: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes (October 25, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017X2JL2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, accessible, and technical November 27, 2007
If you have even a modest background in electrical engineering, Dobkins will take you on an entertaining but extremely informative ride into the engineering world that goes on behind RFID. Dobkins avoids the classical, boring, textbook-like approach that wants to turn everything into an abstract mathematical equation. Instead, he uses analogies, intuition, illustrations, animations, and yes, equations, to guide the reader's thought process and imagination. It's filled with fun facts and practical perspectives. It seems like every few pages I want to say out loud, "Wow, that's cool!"

The author's enthusiasm for the subject clearly comes across right from the introduction. Though the sentences may ramble, it us usually punctuated by some wit, humor, or factoid.

This book cuts across a lot of different topics, but primarily focuses on tags and readers. No topic goes too deep; nobody should confuse this with a PhD dissertation. But no topic is glossed over lightly, either. While this is not a "cook book" by any means, it definitely lays the foundation solidly on each topic.

What I enjoy so much about this book is that it is both technically solid, but still so easy to read. It's not "dumbed down" as it addresses the real engineering challenges head on, and leaves you with both an appreciation for the subject and a solid foundation (and lots of references) to go digging for more.

As inevitably happens, when trying to reduce something that is full of complexities and try to make it into something simpler, sometimes some important details get lost in the process. This is inevitable, and is not a problem per se.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on UHF RFID, bar none November 11, 2007
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I'm not sure if I am typical of the target market for this book (product manager who was an engineer many years ago), but I found this book extremely informative and it did an excellent job of gradually stepping the me into the fine details of the technology - all while explaining how the protocols evolved and what the benefits and shortcomings are of the protocols as they stand. Other books barely mention the EPCglobal Gen2 specifications that have become the standard for passive UHF RFID - this book explains them fully.
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The book is an introductory text on RFID for readers with little or no background in RF engineering. It is not an easy task to introduce multiple concepts like RF electronics, antenna theory, propagation issues (including scattering and multipath) in a single book without sacrificing depth. Dobkin courageously undertakes this effort and performs a superb job in applying the above principles to the science and art of RFID.

Speaking the language of engineers, the author addresses the above issues in a lucid and intuitive manner, yet maintaining the depth and information content. The book is replete with practical examples containing real life numbers (a feature often lacking in texts coming from the academic world) and therefore very helpful to the student as well as the practicing engineer.

Even when dealing with complex issues, the author never loses his sense of humor and the book is never a drag. And within this informal framework, the author's brilliance is not obscured by his unique and intuitive treatment of the fundamentals of electromagnetic engineering. The animations are instructive and we would like to see more such examples in future editions. The historical facts are interesting to the curious reader.

An RF design engineer during her career learns many insights from colleagues and mentors usually not discussed in traditional text books. This book is full of such "gold nuggets" - I wish I had this book when starting my career as an engineer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! January 4, 2012
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I have to add to the chorus of positive reviews. This is a most exceptional textbook. It's rare for an author to be so effective at communicating difficult technical material in an intuitive, memorable fashion. This has to be in the top 5 of the hundreds of books I've read. And I've read a few in my time, on all aspects of IC design, IC fabrication, IC packaging, IC CAD, economics and history of ICs, radio engineering, circuit design, photonics, optics, material science, mechanics, blah, blah, blah.

What really stands out is the ability to use simple drawings to communicate what would be a mass of equations and get the point across in seconds instead of hours. Not that he's shy about using equations. Watching him use equations, one again immediately recognizes the hand of a master communicator in using the shortest set of steps and the least number of symbols to get from A to B. There's no show-off algebra like one sees so often in textbooks, trying to impress the reader with the author's knowledge, but generally blinding them with science instead. Instead this book is all about trying to SHARE knowledge as efficiently and effectively as possible.

The material is also presented in very readable fashion, with good humor and memorable images that transmit the author's own gut feeling for the technology. The description of the "poor little tag" trying to be heard among all the "loud reflections" from the transmitter's own antenna and all the other objects in the environment immediately clarified my own understanding on a project.
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Dr. Daniel M. Dobkin has been involved in high-speed communications systems and devices for over three decades. He is the author of technical books on chemical vapor deposition, RF engineering, and RFID, in addition to numerous technical publications. Dr. Dobkin holds seven US patents as inventor or co-inventor. He works as an engineering consultant and technical writer in Sunnyvale, CA.


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