This book is about the theory of RF circuits and systems and the practice of designing them. It is primarily intended for practicing RF engineers who are involved in PCB-based circuit designs and system integrations. This book is aimed at amplifier designers that use printed circuit boards but would be useful in other efforts. The author provides rigorous stability analyses, shows you how to develop matching network designs on the Smith Chart, including Q considerations, and discusses noise in RF systems. All of this is followed up with practical examples of amplifier designs. There is discussion of many of the metrics of wireless system design (topics which are mostly missing on Microwaves101!) such as modulation schemes, peak-to-average ratio in transmitters, phase noise, error vector magnitude (EVM), spectral regrowth, and intermodulation from external signals. There is some good discussion of passive components and how to model them. There's related material on switch designs, including power handling considerations. If you want to upgrade your library of books on practical microwave design, consider picking up a copy today!
If you are at all serious about designing microwave filters, you'll need to pick up a copy of Microwave Filters, Impedance-Matching Networks, and Coupling Structures, which is still in print more than four decades after it was first published. We like the book so much we put MY&J in the Microwave Hall of Fame! Remember, Matthaei rhymes with paté. Update September 2012: this book is available for free as a scanned pdf in our download area. It is in the public domain so there is no harm in grabbing a copy! On the other hand, if you prefer paper to pixels, you can still find copies on sites like Amazon: 1e1e36bf2d