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Operational Amplifier Noise: Techniques and Tips for Analyzing and Reducing Noise [Hardcover]

Art Kay
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January 27, 2012 0750685255 978-0750685252 1

Arthur Kay's exciting new publication is a must have for practicing, professional electrical engineers. This comprehensive guide shows engineers how to design amplifiers and associated electronics to minimize noise, providing tricks, rules-of-thumb, and analysis to create successful low noise circuits. Forget the classical textbook traps of equations, virtual grounds, and a lot of double-speak, the novel but educational presentation used here uses definition-by -example and straight-forward analysis. This is the ultimate reference book for engineers who don't have the time to read, since the concepts are presented in detailed pictures and then repeated in the text for those who like both.

Operational amplifiers play a vital role in modern electronics design. Today, op amps serve as the interfaces between the digital world of microprocessors, microcontrollers, and other digital circuits and the analog "real world". If an analog signal must be amplified, conditioned, filtered, or converted to be used by a digital system, an op amp is almost always involved. Noise is an unwanted signal that will corrupt or distort the desired signal, and veteran engineers as well as new college graduates are often faced with a lack of experience in noise analysis for operational amplifiers. The author has created a publication that is packed with essential information, while still being accessible to all readers.



* Clear, definition-by-example presentation allows for immediate use of techniques introduced;
* Tricks and rules-of-thumb, derived from author's decades of experience;
* Extreme use of figures for rapid absorption of concepts;
* Concise text explains the key points in all figures;
* Accessible to all types of readers;
* Analysis and design of low-noise circuits using op amps, including design tradeoffs for low-noise;
* Desktop reference for designing low-noise op amp circuits for novice to experienced engineers;
* Accurate measurement and prediction of intrinsic noise levels, using analysis by hand and SPICE simulation

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"Operational Amplifier Noise is not a low-cost textbook but that will not stop the buyer who really wants to understand and do something about noise in his designs... The book is rich in figures and that makes layouts very difficult but it is well achieved for the most part although, by necessity perhaps, sizing has been a little arbitrary in some cases. While it's been EN-Genius' privilege to host most of the book's content on our site as TechNotes, we would be the first to say that just having the text in your hands in hardback form is a great pleasure. We would highly recommend Art's book and expect it to be a surefire hit for many engineers. I am sure that I will see it on many bookshelves."--En-Genius.net

"An engineer with an electronics device company, Kay describes how to predict the level of noise - any unwanted signal - a circuit in an amplifier will produce using calculations and Spice simulations. He also discusses techniques for measuring and reducing noise. Among his topics are example calculations, Spice noise analysis, popcorn noise, instrumentation amplifier noise, and photodiode noise amplifier example results. Chapter-end questions are provided, with answers in the end matter."--Reference and Research Book News, Inc.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 1 edition (January 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750685255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750685252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not sure why the back of the book says it is for engineers who don't like to read. The book is very approachable, and contains not just graphs and circuits, but well written and lucid explanations behind the figures shown. Any introductory engineering textbook will explain op-amp design, and those of us with Horowitz and Hill on our shelves likely have tons of books with example op-amp circuits. However, the field of print on reduction of noise is more limited. Indeed, design techniques for less noise are often "black magic", taught from one engineer to another as rules of thumb.

This book does an excellent job of taking those rules and putting math and sound engineering behind them. The first chapter addresses "what is noise", and explains how to measure it in the time domain with an oscilloscope. The importance of using RMS or Standard Deviation instead of peak-to-peak is discussed, a distinction I have written about on my test and measurement blog called EffectiveBits. The statistical review is enough to get you up to speed for the rest of the book.

The author then proceeds to cover the basic sources of op-amp noise, showing where noise originates and how to quantify it properly. How do you do a spice model for noise? Should you use an oscilloscope or a spectrum analyzer to view noise? What are some practical circuit examples? As a professional in the test and measurement industry, I was glad to see a wonderful explanation of how to use an oscilloscope properly to measure noise.

This book is a treasure for those in the world of electrical engineering and will answer many questions you were afraid to ask about one of the most basic building blocks of design.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Text Book May 16, 2012
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I am an EE who does not practice circuitry professionally, but who will on occasion play with just about anything as a hobbyist.

This is a very technical book that expects you have a good circuits background, but is easy to navigate and perfect for those who understand things visually: you'll have trouble finding a page without a graph, diagram, or equation. There is some explanation text, however, but it does not waste your time.

This book would make sense as a college text on amplifiers, but can definitely be put to use as a hobbyist into fixing existing amps, and gearing them toward your specific uses. It's a great reference to have around if you're into this sort of thing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a book for working engineers and others who need to understand sources and measurement of intrinsically generated circuit noise. The material presupposes an understanding of circuit design and modeling, but nothing an advanced undergraduate can't handle. Questions are included at the end of each chapter (with answers at the end of the book) to test your understanding of the material. Chapter topics are arranged in a logical order, starting with a basic introduction to statistics as it applies to noise, moving into op-amps and spice simulation and then into more advanced topics. The author is a Linear Applications manager at TI and obviously has a good working knowledge of the subject.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplified, but not dumbed down May 12, 2013
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Electrical engineering is in the midst of another growth cycle and the demand for good engineers is easily outstripping the supply. Colleges and universities are challenged to find qualified candidates for their programs, but the bar is set pretty high for this field of study. You need every edge you can get, and having a text like Art Kay's "Operational Amplifier Noise: Techniques and Tips for Analyzing and Reducing Noise" rethinks how to communicate the sometimes-difficult and arcane language of engineering to a workforce and student body that is wired for instant gratification. The guide avoids the scholarly/academic tone in favor of a more straightforward (and frequently conversational) style that is more likely to reach younger readers. But this is no lightweight piece of work. Art Kay packs in a lifetime's worth of knowledge into "Operational Amplifier Noise: Techniques and Tips for Analyzing and Reducing Noise" and makes it the go-to book for engineers learning how to create low noise circuits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very specific, very useful book April 5, 2013
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I do not actually design or build amplifiers, however I do use, troubleshoot, and repair custom-built (and very high end) audio amplifiers. This book is extremely helpful in learning about the sources of various operational noises, and what can be done to help resolve them (and any consequences involved with doing so). Rather than reading it cover-to-cover, I use it as an on-the-fly reference guide, but I still found it to be an enjoyable read, with plenty of graphics and schematics to help you along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Subject Reference October 9, 2012
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I like the layout of the book. It contains excellent coverage of the techniques used to minimize circuit noise within acceptable parameters. This is a great read for engineers wanting to make the most of their designs while referring to working examples that utilize clear, easy to follow diagrams. The few, concise pages within "Operational Amplifier Noise" cut right to the point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
This is a desk reference aimed for experts; the target audience is very specific, but I believe most will find this to be a very useful resource. Read more
Published 23 months ago by GX
5.0 out of 5 stars A well thought out text for electrical engineers ~
If you are an electrical engineer or a electrical engineering student, then this is probably a text that you would be familiar with or possible already own. Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by Christopher Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for avid hobbyists (as well as engineers)
I found this book tremendously helpful in working through some problems with noise measurement. It provides clear text that gets right to the point, and backs it with extensive... Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Comdet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source for info!
I am a hobby type designer, but even I - a lowly tinkerer - found this book to be pretty full of good and useful information! Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Randy Rathbun
5.0 out of 5 stars This is *THE* authority on OA noise.
There simply is not a better book on the planet I have found on op amp noise. I love ALL the books I have ordered of electronics by this publisher. Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by V S
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This is a book for working engineers and others who need to understand sources and measurement of intrinsically generated circuit noise. Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by R. Page
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