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The Art and Science of Analog Circuit Design (Edn Series for Design Engineers) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0750695053 ISBN-10: 0769300960

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Product Details

  • Series: Edn Series for Design Engineers
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes (August 11, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0769300960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750695053
  • ASIN: 0750695056
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Williams has taught leadership and management in a number of universities and undertaken a variety of research and consultancy projects with a diverse range of clients in the public and private sectors. His teaching and examining experience spans the range from Advanced Certificate and Diploma to Doctoral level In the course of his career he has worked in several countries in North America and Europe.


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Jim Williams, who worked for Linear Technology for nearly three decades, started as an applications engineer in the early years of the company. His contributions were many-fold. He was a legendary analog circuit designer, problem solver, writer and mentor to many engineers over the years. Jim passed away in June 2011 after suffering a stroke.

Hailing from Detroit in the shadow of a booming postwar US automotive market, Jim developed an early curiosity and interest in all things electronic. He would talk about working at a TV repair shop during his early years, so he could poke around inside to find out how they worked. His passion for electronics took him to Boston, where his intellect and drive helped him find a technician's job working on the Apollo program. Although self-taught in electronics, Jim taught and did research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1968 to 1979, concentrating exclusively on analog circuit design. During this time, he began his legendary writing career--finding clear, elegant ways to describe complex and seemingly indescribable design challenges and solutions.

Before joining Linear Technology in 1982, Jim worked in National Semiconductor's Linear Integrated Circuits Group for three years. In nearly 30 years with Linear, Jim had the unique role of staff scientist, with interests spanning product definition, development and support. He was consumed with developing analog circuits, helping set up instruments in the company's labs, mentoring junior engineers in-house and customers outside, even answering his own phone. Jim maintained a lab at his home and worked there, in a lab at least as well outfitted as the one at work.
Jim Williams was named Innovator of the Year by EDN magazine in 1992 and elected to Electronic Design Hall of Fame in 2002. His outside interests spanned sports cars, collecting antique scientific instruments, art, and restoring (and using) old Tektronix oscilloscopes.

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Jim's book provides great historical information and a lot of circuit design information.
W. RUSSELL
Either way, you'll find very entertaining stories (as long as you're an EE) packed with great information.
Scott Bronson
As a practicing analog engineer for over 30 years, I found this book a pleasure to read and study from.
A. Gronner

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Philip Hobbs on April 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Jim Williams is a famous circuit designer, and has a bunch of friends who are famous circuit designers (or very good ones who are liable to become famous one of these days). This book, a sequel to his excellent "Analog Circuit Design: Art, Science, and Personalities" gives you a look inside the minds of these guys, and the result is very illuminating. It is an eclectic volume, ranging from Harrison's eighteenth-century maritime chronometer to oscilloscope vertical amplifiers to detailed advice on how to approach design problems. Williams's own chapter, "The Importance of Fixing" focuses on the intellectual discipline of troubleshooting, and what a wonderful classroom the inside of a broken but well-designed piece of hardware can be.
The emphasis of this volume is growing good engineers, by teaching the rhythm of the insight, design, prototype, debug iteration as practiced by the best. If you have circuits to design, this book will pay for itself in about 5 minutes, and you'll be a more confident and adventurous designer. I've owned it for five years or so, and read it at least annually.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bronson on June 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a Lazy Saturday Afternoon book. You can read it front-to-back or you can just flip to random pages. Either way, you'll find very entertaining stories (as long as you're an EE) packed with great information. Covers everything from obscure transistor parameters to marketing. It made me a better engineer and I enjoyed every page.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kishore on June 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
You gotta admire the experienced geeks and how they learnt electronics stuff the hard but lasting way. They can never forget the basics as they have so much practical experience. Being a beginner in this wonderful field of analog design, I enjoyed the book a lot. We tend to cram ourselves with knowledge from different books and our instructors also encourage us to explore different methods of explaining things but nothing can beat the time tested, practical experience gained by doing stuff on the bench. Some of the design ideas are really good. After reading this book read the book "trouble shooting analog circuits" by Bob Pease. The authors have proven that practical bench experience is as important as theory in doing good, marketable designs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Nomer on November 27, 2010
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As the second of Jim Williams' compilations, this book once again offers superb insight to aspiring analog circuit designers and working pros alike. There's nothing like high quality war stories from the top pros in the trenches to help give you a proper sense for how those pros operate. Most of this is quite inspiring. Inspiration is a priceless commodity that is rarely provided in decent doses in so-called 'professional education' nowadays. Instead, most EE textbooks would put even a dedicated enthusiast to sleep. Not so this book. This book is the real deal. It impresses me even more when the other contributors, other than Jim Williams, can also provide top notch stories. I especially liked the story about the 'Ticking Box' by Lloyd Brown. The stories really vary a lot, and salted throughout are valuable lessons of every sort learned by practicing engineers on the job; most of these valuable lessons you WILL NOT find in EE textbooks. Jim Williams may well be the greatest legend ever to walk the halls of an analog electronics lab, but when he reaches out to a healthy collection of the other top minds in the field and gets them to contribute works of this quality, and brings it all together in a volume like this, you just have to admit that a major donation has been made to the industry. The diversity of viewpoints presented, and the breadth and depth of each of those viewpoints will move your mind around and help you see problems from more useful angles. But the most important lesson perhaps, the meta lesson as it were, is that only inspired people make the major contributions in any field. Only inspired people have the love of the field and the long-term bloodhound seeking that eventually grants them major success. You have to feed yourself with inspiration. When you read a book like this, the enthusiast in you, the little kid with wide eyes of wonder can come out and enjoy the love of electronics again. What's better than that?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. RUSSELL on April 22, 2008
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I've been an analog circuit designer for forty years. Jim's book provides great historical information and a lot of circuit design information. Definitely a "must read" for someone that wants to learn more about electronics and has a desire to be a knowledgeable design engineer. I really don't understand the smug response from the two-star reviewers. Buy it, you'll like it.
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