Fundamentals of Wireless Communication by David Tse and Pramod Viswanath

Fundamentals of Wireless Communication

David Tse and Pramod Viswanath

Cambridge University Press, 2005

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  1. Introduction; PDF
  2. The wireless channel; PDF
  3. Point-to-point communication: detection, diversity and channel uncertainty; PDF
  4. Cellular systems: multiple access and interference management; PDF
  5. Capacity of wireless channels;PDF 
  6. Multiuser capacity and opportunistic communication;PDF  
  7. MIMO I: spatial multiplexing and channel modeling; PDF
  8. MIMO II: capacity and multiplexing architectures;PDF 
  9. MIMO III: diversity-multiplexing tradeoff and universal space-time codes;PDF 
  10. MIMO IV: multiuser communication.PDF
  11. Appendix A: Detection and estimation in additive Gaussian noise; PDF
  12. Appendix B: Information theory from first principles.PDF
  13. References and Index.PDF

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Book Description

The past decade has seen many advances in physical-layer wireless communication theory and their implementation in wireless systems. This textbook takes a unified view of the fundamentals of wireless communication and explains the web of concepts underpinning these advances at a level accessible to an audience with a basic background in probability and digital communication. Topics covered include MIMO (multiple input multiple output) communication, space-time coding, opportunistic communication, OFDM and CDMA. The concepts are illustrated using many examples from  wireless systems such as GSM, IS-95 (CDMA), IS-856(1xEV-DO), Flash OFDM and ArrayComm SDMA systems. Particular emphasis is placed on the interplay between concepts and their implementation in systems. An abundant supply of exercises and figures reinforce the material in the text. This book is intended for use on graduate courses in electrical and computer engineering and will also be of great interest to practicing engineers.



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Resources for Instructors

Solutions and Lecture Slides:

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Examination Copy:

Instructors can also request an inspection copy from Ms. Robin Silverman of Cambridge University Press: rsilverman at cambridge dot org.

This book has been used at: U.C. Berkeley, U. of I. at Urbana-Champaign, MIT, U. of Colorado at Boulder, Cornell, Northwestern, U. of Maryland at College Park, Rice, NJIT, UCSD, USC, Princeton, KTH (Sweden), National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), National Taiwan University, ETH (Switzerland), EPFL (Switzerland) and more than 50 other institutions worldwide. Let us know if you are using the text for a course.

Short Course

A 2-day, 12-hour short course based on the book is offered by the authors. This course has been taught at Qualcomm Inc., Tsinghua University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, University of South Australia in Adelaide, Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, ETH Zurich, Helsinki in Finland, and Technion in Israel. Please contact the authors if your organization is interested.