Basic Definitions and Terminology
A typical IC designer is familiar with the procedures, terminology and circuit analysis tools that are typical to a SPICE-like simulator environment. On the other hand, the microwave telecom system designers are using different methodology and tools (i.e. Smith chart), that help them proceed with their designs in an effective and proper way. The RF IC designer (especially if he comes from the low-frequency integrated circuit design field), must be familiar with the basic terminology and definitions employed in high-frequency telecom system design in order to be able to proceed with his work. For this purpose, in the present chapter, the basic definitions and terminology employed in telecommunications systems design will be briefly reviewed. Please note that the definition of phase noise will be postponed until Chapter 7 where the oscillator circuits are presented.
KeywordsOutput Port Noise Figure Noise Factor Harmonic Distortion Total Harmonic Distortion
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