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Operational Amplifier Noise: Techniques and Tips for Analyzing and Reducing Noise 1st Edition

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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 1 edition (January 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750685255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750685252
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joel Avrunin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2012
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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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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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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 illustrations. While the author bills this as the reference book for those who don't like to read, that's probably an exaggeration, but the direct, clear method used to describe concepts was quite refreshing and enjoyable. The summary of key concepts at the end of each chapter is also very well done. I actually read those first to help determine which chapters were most valuable for my needs.

I also love that the problems at the end of the chapter are worked out in the appendix. That's probably not a good move if this is used as a textbook, but for self-study it's absolutely perfect.

If I had to complain about something it would be that the book is too short -- I'd like more! Highly recommend.
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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. If you don't already own it, then it would make sense to acquire a copy.

Kay's approach is to get straight to the point and avoid unnecessary elements in the writing. The text covers a wide variety of strategies for analyzing and reducing amplifier noise. The book is not wordy and gets right to the point with concise analytic techniques and logical solutions and applications.

For those looking for quick answers, this is a sound text. For those looking for a more theoretical text, or one that goes more into the actual engineering then this would be a little bare. But for practical application this is a winner.
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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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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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