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The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits, Second Edition by Thomas H. Lee

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CHAPTER ONEA NONLINEAR HISTORY OF RADIO

1.1 INTRODUCTION

Integrated circuit engineers have the luxury of taking for granted that the incremental cost of a transistor is essentially zero, and this has led to the high–device-count circuits that are common today. Of course, this situation is a relatively recent development; during most of the history of electronics, the economics of circuit design were the inverse of what they are today. It really wasn’t all that long ago when an engineer was forced by the relatively high cost of active devices to try to get blood (or at least rectification) from a stone. And it is indeed remarkable just how much performance radio pioneers were able to squeeze out of just a handful of components. For example, we’ll ...

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