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Analog Circuit Design: A Tutorial Guide to Applications and Solutions 1st Edition

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Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Bob Dobkin, Co-Editor of Analog Circuit Design

Jim Williams
Bob Dobkin

Dear Amazon Readers,

The fundamental difference between analog and digital is ‘‘information.’’ With digital information the output is always the same: a set of ones and zeros that represents the information. This information is independent of the supply voltages or the circuitry that is used to generate it. With analog, the output information is basic electrical values--volts, current, charge--and is always related to some real world parameters. With analog, the methodology used to arrive at the answers is intrinsic to the quality of those answers. Errors such as temperature, noise, delay and time stability can all affect the analog output and all are a function of the circuitry that generates the output. It is this analog output that is difficult to derive and requires experience and circuit design talent. With integrated circuits (ICs) so prevalent, combined with application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) in most systems, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find good analog examples for teaching engineers analog design. Engineering schools provide the basics of device terminal characteristics and some circuit hookup information, but this is not adequate for designing finished circuits or applying modern IC design techniques. The analog circuitry in today’s systems is often difficult to decipher without help from the original designer. The ability to design complex analog systems relies on the ability of engineers to learn from what has gone before. One of the best avenues for learning analog design is to use the application notes and information from companies who supply analog integrated circuits. These application notes include circuitry, test results, and the basic reasoning for some of the choices made in the design of these analog circuits. They provide a good starting point for new designs. Since the applications are aimed at solving problems, the application notes, combined with the capability to simulate circuits on Spice, provide a key learning pathway for engineers. The analog information in most of these application notes is timeless and will be as valid twenty years from now as it is today. It’s my hope that anyone reading this book is helped through the science and art of good analog design.

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Robert Dobkin
Co-Founder, Vice President, Engineering, and Chief Technical Officer
Linear Technology Corporation

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"This book is a great companion volume to Volume I with informative application notes and a full complement of reference designs. The chapters are not just every day application notes and reference designs, but give insights to problem-solving, design decision-making the thought process that goes along with a robust, successful design. That's why I love this book…This book is a keeper that needs to be on every designer's bookshelf, right next to Volume I.", March 5, 2013 "Subtitled 'Immersion in the black art of analog design', this huge book has over 1,200 A4 pages of joy…you will learn something from every page…delightfully readable.", April 11, 2013 "…this is quite an extensive work with 1250 pages. A collection of "application notes"…[it will] help you understand and solve practical problems. Here interesting questions will be answered such as ‘Why is my phone ringing,’ but also highly complex power supply circuits."--Design and Elektronik, February 2013, page 51 (in German) "For analog designers or anyone who brushes against analog design issues…Analog Circuit Design: A Tutorial Guide to Applications and a great place to start. Each time I look through this book, I get new insight and understanding based on the knowledge, experience, challenges, and mysteries the authors and other contributors bring…books like this can help you get your job done faster and with fewer re-spins."--Planet Analog, January 22, 3013 "This in-depth source book of circuit design solutions supplies engineers with practical design techniques that focus on common analog challenges. The full support package includes online resources such as data sheets, design notes and LTspice design simulation software tools from Linear Technology." and others, December 19, 2012 and December 17, 2012 "The 932-page book compiles 41 of Linear Tech's applications and each app note has its own chapter. The book divides information into two sections; one that covers power management (19 app notes) and a second that covers data conversion, signal conditioning, and Highfrequency & RF (22 app notes)... Anyone who works with analog electronics--and those who hope to--should own a copy of this book." "This is a handsome book that I will happily find space for on my shelf. It is extremely good value for money and is, thank heavens, a prime example of why it will be some time before e-books have a real place in the publication of technology texts. There should be a place for this latest ANALOG Circuit Design in the hands of every novice, journeyman, and experienced analog designer."--En "[I]n September, three months after a stroke ended Jim’s life, the book - what may be the only coffee table book for analog engineers - came out. What’s remarkable is how easy it is to get into, how much it makes you want to browse - like a traditional coffee-table book. As my friend Paul Rako, described Jim’s writing style, ‘He never tried to impress you with his math or his intellect. He didn't make things complicated so you would think he was smart. He made things look simple. That is why he was brilliant.’"--Electronic


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 1 edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123851858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123851857
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By heresyarch on September 16, 2011
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This book is a compilation of Linear Technology's appnotes which are (to my knowledge) largely available for free online. The book mostly deals with analog topics involved in power management and signal conditioning. So why buy the book? In short, because you will have at your finger tips in hardback, a compilation of appnotes that deal with arcane subtleties and nuances of analog design that you will not get in any text written by acadamia, or from any single designer. The depth in practical technical information is not to be found elsewhere.

For one example, the book contains an appnote dealing with the design of a standards lab 20bit DAC. As a related topic of interest, Jim Williams discusses Kelvin Varley dividers. If you do not know what Kelvin Varley dividers are, or why they are useful, this is a good place to start. The topic of Kelvin Varley dividers is just one example of one of the arcane but useful subjects discussed in this book.

The nuances discussed are subtle, and not for the newbie to electronics. But anyone who deals with high performance analog, or precision design (to ppm levels) will find something useful in this text. Even though most of the topics are probably found on Linear's website for free, I give it 5 stars because exposing oneself to the material found in this book, you will begin to learn what exactly world class analog is.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By WB Halper TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2011
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It's not really a tutorial guide to analog circuit design. Instead, it's a collection of App Notes from Linear Technologies. The information in them is interesting, but presupposes a solid understanding of at least analog design basics. And, because it's a collection of app notes, the subjects are focused on areas of Linear Tech's product family...there's nothing (for example) in the area of audio or RF amplification.

The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 covers topics in Power Management...switching and linear regulator design; high voltage and current applications; powering lasers and other illumination devices and a few other related topics. Part 2 focuses on data conversion (Analog -> Digital and D->A); topics related to signal conditioning (thermocouples, high-speed amplifiers, voltage references, bridge circuits and other related subjects) and lastly, a section titled: "High Frequency/RF Design". That section doesn't really talk about RF design at all...instead it has two sections: "WCDMA ACPR and AltCPR measurements" and "Measuring phase and delay errors accurately in I/Q modulators". Missing from the book is anything having to do with general amplifier design, power amplifer design, generalized filter design and other not insignificant topics.

In conclusion...It's an interesting book. It's not what the title (or the back cover) says it is, but it's still interesting. If you like this kind of book (and I do!) it makes a nice addition to your library.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. W. VINE VOICE on April 22, 2012
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The title of the book is really misleading. If this is truly a book on Analog Circuit Design, it should cover principles of analog design (including why & how), how to select parts for your design, etc.

As another Amazon Vine reviewer pointed out, this book is a collection of App Notes from Linear Technologies (LT). As such, it points to design application notes for only LT parts. Because of this, you will find that the book is very limited in both scope and components. What do I mean?

Well, first of all, if it's something that can be designed with LT parts, it's not in here. As the other reviewer talked about, this has no filter designs at all. As engineer, I like to choose the best parts for an application, giving preference to brands I like and trust based on their performance and cost, but I do not limit myself to only one manufacturer for everything, as that's just not possible.

In summary, are the app notes useful? Yes, they are. Is it worth the price of the book? Not when you can download them for free. In fact, when my engineering team did a design with LT parts, LT's support staff provided all the necessary app notes. So again, why spend all this money for a book of just app notes when these are available free and updated to new content on the internet?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P.NZ on August 13, 2012
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The book is a great collection of Linear Technology App notes: the first thing that really stands out is a kind of contents that show where to find the numbered app notes; provided you already know the number of the app note and the corresponding subject; else it's just confusing

I felt the book was a little narrow focused with just two main topics: Power Management and Signal Conditioning; but there are snippets on DACs and some pretty useful techniques on mesurement etc that were interesting reads; the only trouble is that that's the start and stop of it; don't get me wrong there is a wealth of knowledge shared, but every solution seems to come back to focus on some Linear Tech part - which aren't always that easy to source, and tend to be pricey for what they are, the LT1115 and others comes to mind...
After reading the book cover to cover, I came away with some new ideas; and corrections on some preconceptions or misconceptions that I had previously held as a circuit designer.
But, at the end of it, the book could have been half price or less; veiled throughout the book basically was a full-on sales / marketing push for Linear Tech parts.

It would have been more useful if the book had perhaps taken a little more generic approach and was prepared to look more broadly at the concepts, rather than zeroing in proprietary based solutions as the answer...which can turn around and bite a designer hard sometime in the future, especially when the IC/Chip vendor announces an end-of-life notice; may be forcing a re-design, can be very, very costly...

If you can afford to spend USD80 on a book that should probably cost USD19.99, go for it...I'm sure you learn something from it.
If you're looking for a more generic text on analog circuit do's and don'ts, take a look at Bob Pease's book, it's a shame an updated second edition may never come out...which would be nice...
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