Tunable RF Components and Circuits: Applications in Mobile Handsets

Jeffrey L. Hilbert

November 16, 2015 by CRC Press
Reference - 330 Pages - 18 Color & 166 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498718899 - CAT# K25475
Series: Devices, Circuits, and Systems


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  • Introduces the concept of tunable RF, the forces driving its rapid adoption, and its potential to transform RF front-end architectures
  • Provides in-depth coverage of all deployed and emerging tunable RF applications in mobile handsets, including estimates of market size, drivers, and growth projections
  • Covers key technologies (such as SOI, BST, and RF-MEMS), design techniques, and trade-offs involved in the implementation of tunable RF solutions
  • Presents an extensive overview of antenna tuning and tunable antennas, supplemented by examples and case studies
  • Offers a broad industry perspective from leading suppliers and customers in wireless networks, handsets, chip-sets, architectures, modules, antennas, components, and test equipment


An Industry Perspective on Key Tunable Technologies and Applications

Tunable RF Components and Circuits: Applications in Mobile Handsets provides a technical introduction to the state of the art in tunable radio frequency (RF) components, circuits, and applications and discusses the foundational work that has been done to date. Leading practitioners in the field share their expertise on tunable devices in mobile handset applications. Through these practical viewpoints, readers discover how to use tunable RF techniques and devices to develop successful product designs.

A substantial portion of the book focuses on antennas and antenna tuning, reflecting the dominance of the antenna tuning application in today’s commercial market for tunable RF. The book explains how RF-microelectromechanical systems (RF-MEMS), barium strontium titinate (BST), silicon-on-insulator (SOI) field effect transistors (FETs), and high-performance complementary metal oxide semiconductors (CMOS) are used as enabling technologies for tunable functions in current and next-generation radio architectures. The book also describes power amplifier envelope tracking, an emerging and important technique for improving efficiency; presents a network operator’s perspective on the evolution of the handset front end; and explores emerging approaches to production testing of wireless devices.