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"Professor Andreas F. Molisch, renowned researcher and educator, has put together a comprehensive, clear, and authoritative book on wireless communications. The Second Edition, which includes a wealth of new material on important emerging topics, ensures the book will continue to be a key resource for every student, researcher, and practitioner in the field."
Professor Moe Win, MIT, USA
Wireless communications has grown rapidly over the past decade from a niche market into one of the most important, fast moving industries. Fully updated to incorporate the latest research and developments, Wireless Communications, Second Edition provides an authoritative overview of the principles and applications of mobile communication technology.
The author provides an in–depth analysis of current treatment of the area, addressing both the traditional elements, such as Rayleigh fading, BER in flat fading channels, and equalization, and more recently emerging topics like multi–user detection in CDMA systems, MIMO systems, and cognitive radio. The dominant wireless standards, including cellular, cordless and wireless LANs, are discussed.
- Topics featured include: wireless propagation channels, transceivers and signal processing, multiple access and advanced transceiver schemes, and standardized wireless systems.
- Combines mathematical descriptions with intuitive explanations of the physical facts, enabling readers to acquire a deep understanding of the subject.
- Includes new chapters on cognitive radio, cooperative communications and relaying, video coding, 3GPP Long Term Evolution, and WiMax; plus significant new sections on multi–user MIMO, 802.11n, and information theory.
- Companion website featuring: solutions manual and presentation slides for instructors, appendices, list of abbreviations and other useful resources.
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This is not a book for the casual reader but is aimed at students with some prior knowledge and practising engineers already working in this area. I found the book interesting and well written and certainly taught me a lot about how the modern communication world functions. This is an expensive book that you will not buy on impulse but does benefit from Amazon's "Look Inside" feature to give you an idea of what you get and is worth checking out. This is a five star product for the intended market and one which will be referred to time and again by its readers.
Although this is an American text, I was pleased to see that European (and other) standards are more than adequately covered, and even in the introductory or descriptive sections, differences are clearly annotated and brought to the readers attention, with no clear bias towards US standards; the noticeable ommission being that DECT is only covered as an online extension to the book.
The chapters are all adequate, and curiously, if not slightly annoyingly, for a book of this type quite compact with rather small text. It is interesting to compare it with the book with which I started in 1995, Radio Systems for Technicians Radio Systems for Technicians. But, I'd sctually recommend anyone to read both. The intoduction to this book is very short, and jumps from Marconi's discovery to the 1970s era of mobile radiotelephony, i.e analogue carphones.
As such it assumes a basic knowledge of wireless principles, if you need an introductory book I would recommend the excellent Scroggies Foundations of Wireless and Electronics.
The emphasis of the book is on the dominant wireless standards, cellular, cordless and wireless LANs.
The book has an American bias, so the IS-95 standard is described, which is almost exclusively used in North America, but not DECT which is a European standard. DECT is however covered comprehensively on the associated website (in previous edition section)
I was surprised by the omission of Bluetooth, however the IEEE 802.11n wifi standard is covered. Some of the information is highly complex, involving complex mathematical equations;
for me I found the information on antenna design and the information on adjacent channel interference particularly useful.
It is difficult to find this information anywhere else so if you need it, its indispensable!
However, by contrast there is only a passing mention of video - in the coding of compression systems such as MPEG and H264. I saw nothing about the very peculiar characteristics of TV modulation for either analogue or digital (an interesting new specific application of Coded OFDM).
I was hoping to discover the same kind of clear and interesting information in the new chapters as previously given by the earlier chapters on long-established rf theory, but was disappointed. Here and there is good detail, but it is patchy when compared with the very high standard of the earlier work. Several parts of the latest chapters seem to be limited to overviews and introductions to the topics in question and we are often referred to the Standards documents instead, to see some of which would require our budget to be considerably larger.
Other reviewers have mentioned omissions of various topics; I tend to agree, and some of my own specialisms are missing, but I would also point out how all-encompassing the communications field is now, and that we could devote a book comparable to this one for each of them alone. This is a brave try, and it definitely does point in the right direction, but I would have liked it to take us further down the path.
If it was only the first five hundred pages, with less ambition, plus the nearly one hundred pages of exercises and references, I would give it five stars. But much of the remaining two hundred rather let it down - I think those should have been at least another five hundred pages, or Volume 2.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this as I have an interest in all things IT related and was really looking for a less detailed book. Read morePublished on 24 April 2012 by Mr. M. Regan - The Regsy
I got this book having when after spending 5 years away from Telecommunications I found myself back in it through Telematics. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2012 by Amazon Customer
First and most important point: This is a reference book. Yes, you probably could start on Page 1 and get reading, but you will be pulling your hair out before too long. Read morePublished on 21 July 2011 by Dan Craggs
This is an authoritative manual of current practice and directions in wireless communication of all kinds, covering both the physical principles and comprehensive formulae for... Read morePublished on 19 April 2011 by Martin Turner
This book is ideal for a 3rd-4th year student at University or a person delving into his thesis on Wireless communications. Professor A. Molisch is a master in this field. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2011 by R. Patel
But I'm afraid I am faint hearted.
This is an incredibly detailed text book....I think I needed something a little more basic to start with.
It was just over my head. Read more
I think this book is perfect for students who are studying wireless communications, or engineers who need the extremely low level detail and mathematical explanations of how... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2011 by Mr. Graham Cummings
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