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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David Tse and Pramod Viswanath have succeeded in developing a superb textbook covering the field of modern wireless communications..."
-- Roberto Padovani,
Executive Vice President and CTO, Qualcomm Incorporated

Topics Covered

  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. Errata (please contact the authors if you have comments or spot any errors)

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A Romnian translation of this webpage, kindly authored by Dr. Alexandra Seremina, is available here .

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.

Resources for Instructors


Solutions to some of the exercises are available for course instructors. Please contact the authors for a copy.

Examination Copy:

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

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, Israel Short Range Consortium (Tel Aviv) and INFWEST program (Helsinki). Please contact the authors if your organization is interested.

Copyright notice

The book is copyright (c) Cambridge University Press. The online version of this book (available on this website without the exercises) is subject to the same copyright rules as traditional books (eg. copying the book onto paper (ie. printing) is not permitted).