I am new to RF, so excuse please.
My CDMA 3G phone has a reading in its settings that says it puts out -77 dBm or thereabouts when making or receiving a call.
While idle, it says -82 dBm.
I read similar dBm on another CDMA phone.
These phones operate either in the 800MHz or 1.9Ghz band according to the carrier's dox.
I want to design with an RF detector chip that will detect when this phone is in use and provide a signal strength output. The same chip needs to be able to detect and provide a signal strength output for the Wi-Max band (3.5 GHz).
In one of AD's tutorials I read that the best choice for CDMA and Wi-Max is an RMS detector rather than logarithmic. True?
For lower frequencies I have been using an inductor as the antenna, but have since read that an inductor will not work with GHz digital outputs.
What kind of antenna is best to use?
What is the circuitry that connects this antenna?
Can I use one antenna for multiple frequencies?
Is there some documentation to read about this that goes along with the RF chips?
For a chip such as AD8362 which the output is "linear in dB", what does this mean, and do I need another chip to decode?
-Getting a linear voltage output is most desirable simply because it seems the easiest to work with.
Thanks in advance.