Book Review: Ultra-wideband Radio Technology

Oct. 22, 2004
Authors: Kazimierz Siwiak and Debra McKeown

One of the most controversial radio technologies of our time, ultrawideband (UWB) receives exhaustive coverage in this 2004 text. The book is in two parts, with the opening half providing a simple high-level conceptual discussion of UWB and the second offering a more mathematical, engineering examination of this short-range, high-data-rate technology. UWB technology is one of the candidates for broadband wireless services within a subscriber's home, and this text offers a wealth of information on propagation issues, radiation of high-speed pulsed signals in free space, antenna effects, multipath effects on UWB transmissions, and interference effects. The text also features a section dedicated to UWB system limits and capacity, with details on UWB link budgets, receiver sensitivity and gain, and link capacity under various multipath conditions. The authors, both with TimeDerivative, Inc., explain the key advantages of UWB technology versus more conventional radio approaches, as well as a global perspective based on the history of the technology.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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