Mobile communications, or rather the desire for them, is driving the development of third-generation (3G) wireless applications that make people's lives easier but also make the engineering required to support the new technology altogether more complicated. So, that's why finding this book by Paul Burns is such a stroke of luck for any engineering professional struggling to develop new products using software-defined radio.
Burns starts out by describing software-defined radio and explaining its desirability. He then looks at the architecture, the use of radio frequency (RF) engineering in system design, the conversion from analog to digital and back again, and digital frequency converters, both up and down. Next, Burns gets into signal processing hardware and software architecture components. There is also a great chapter on applications for wireless systems, and another on smart antennas using software-defined radio. Burns then presents what he calls "implementation-level detail for an experimental [and low-cost] software-defined radio platform." He finishes up with a look at engineering design assistance tools.
Engineers exploring this interesting new field need look no further. Burns brings the advancement of this fantastic technology together, so that you can confidently explore its place in the wireless industry. John Vacca
John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.