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Integration of Passive RF Front-End Components in SoCs by Ahmad Mirzaei, Hooman Darabi

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1 Introduction to Highly Integrated and Tunable RF Receiver Front Ends

1.1 Introduction

With the ever-increasing demand for instant access to data over wideband communication channels, the quest for a universal mobile terminal capable of delivering the ultimate user experience has become imperative. Over the last decade, researchers were exploring the possibility of having a universal radio that can be programmed and reconfigured through software to operate on any bands, channel bandwidths, and modulations. Such a universal radio was named software-defined radio (SDR) [16]. The SDRs face unique challenges because their targeted applications are mostly in mobile handheld devices. They must be small and affordable, and must last longer between ...

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