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Robert C. Dixon
Wiley-Interscience
Well suited for the beginner, this is the original all-time favorite from the 1970s. While dated, this book has been revised and is still very relevant. Not as mathematically challenging as some of the other books out there, this one is well suited as an undergraduate textbook, including the story problems to prove it. It is also a favorite choice for amateurs and engineers involved in less-than-rigorous applications of spread spectrum. Its beauty lies not only in the numerous photographs of real time-signals and power spectra, but also in its discussions of real challenges using real devices in real situations. For example, unlike most other books on digital communications, it actually discusses double-balance modulators, how they work, and the consequences of their imperfections. Dixon is clearly a hands-on design engineer, and not one of those PhDs doing non-stop calculus and computer simulations upstairs. Still, after mastering this book, you may want to move up to one of the more challenging books on spread spectrum.

Given a 5-Star rating at Amazon.com.


Spread Spectrum Communications Handbook    

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Marvin K. Simon, Jim K. Omura, Robert A. Scholtz, Barry K. Levitt
McGraw Hill
If you like math, more math, and lots of graphs, this book is for you. While it goes into great detail on virtually every aspect of spread spectrum, and thus is a good reference, it's a bit difficult to skim as there are few section breaks with descriptive titles. But if you plan on reading a whole chapter in one sitting, and you have a need for mathematical rigor, this will be a priceless addition to your library.


Introduction to Spread Spectrum Communications    

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Roger L. Peterson, Rodger E. Ziemer, David E. Borth
Prentice Hall
This book covers a lot more than just spread spectrum, with the first half of the book covering topics ranging from digital signaling schemes, to phase locked loops and frequency synthesizers. The book is clearly designed to be used as a textbook, including story problems at the end of every chapter. But while it seems to follow a logical progression of topics at times, elsewhere it appears to be a hodgepodge of topics recklessly thrown in. Similarly, while in some sections the material seems suitable for the undergraduate, other sections are clearly for the graduate student, and elsewhere even for the seasoned design engineer. Because of the variability, this book may be most useful as a supplement to other resources.


Coherent Spread Spectrum Systems    

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Jack K. Holmes
Wiley-Interscience
While one of the more mathematically challenging books, this is also one of the easier to read. It seems to be written for the RF engineer with a good mathematical background, but only moderate wireless experience. The first half of the book doesn't even discuss spread spectrum, but rather covers the essential topics of digital modulation and demodulation, phase locked loops, and tracking loops. The second half of the book covers spread spectrum, direct sequence in particular, quite thoroughly. Especially notable is the section on PN sequence generation, which goes into great detail on a number of issues, and does so in an easy-to-understand manner.


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