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Troubleshooting Analog Circuits (EDN Series for Design Engineers) [Paperback]

Robert Pease
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June 18, 1987 0750694998 978-0750694995 1
Based on the author's popular series in EDN Magazine, the book contains a wealth of information on debugging and troubleshooting analog circuits. In this book, you'll find advice on using simple equipment to troubleshoot (would you believe an ordinary AM radio?); step-by-step procedures for analog troubleshooting methods; and generous helpings of the author's unique insights, humor, and philosophy on analog circuits.

*Provides proven methods for troubleshooting analog circuits
*Accompanying disk contains over 60 pre-built Electronics Workbench circuits

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Based on Pease' popular series in EDN magazine. Every chapter has been expanded and two new chapters and several appendices have been added, as well as numerous tables summarizing troubleshooting approaches for various components. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Combining his expertise as a senior scientist at National Semiconductor with a sense of humor and easy writing style, Pease has produced an excellent guide to analog circuit troubleshooting. - Library Journal 2004

Product Details

  • Series: EDN Series for Design Engineers
  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 1 edition (June 18, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750694998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750694995
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! September 27, 2002
By A Customer
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Even for a seasoned engineer, there are useful tidbits and tricks in here that can really save you.... Lots of stuff is just common sense, but it's the little nuggets of gold hidden within this book that make it a worthwhile read. If you're just starting your career as an Electrical Engineer or technician, this book will make a tremendous resource. For the amateur, there's lots of good stuff in here such as diagrams for nifty and inexpensive test equipment - learn how to build your own active scope probe for [very little]! Well written and humorous it's not a heavy technical read, but one that will definitely impart some very valuable knowledge.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When things aren't working use this book. June 7, 1997
By A Customer
When things aren't working in your circuits use
this book to get you started on how to find WHY
things aren't working. This book is a collection
of essays originally published by the author, and
a couple of other contributers in trade magazines.
They in general consist of lists and explanations
of problems and how to fix them. These lists are
grouped by kinds of circuits. I would have liked
to see more specifics on power supply problems
and on Phase Locked Loops and other oscillators.
Of particular use (at least to me)
is the advice on equipping your bench. If you build
huge boards this isn't as valuable as if you build
100 - 200 component circuits. The author has an
overly anti-Spice bias, but his cautions are generally
worth remembering. (I once took a grad course on
the internals of Spice, and another one on the
internals of mechanical simulation programs - they
all require that you understand the problem before
you rely on the computer). Obviously large very
inter-related circuit boards will require more
computer aided design because of the sheer complexity.
This book does tend to attribute a lot of problems
in systems to heat, whereas my most typical problem
is poor mechanical connections of some
sort (bad connectors, solder joints, etc). I use
this book as a reminder of what I need to be
aware of when I have a problem. A lot of the
engineers at HP and elsewhere really like this book, and THEY
are the analog design "water-walkers" that I truly
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book saved my life..... again and again! September 4, 1998
By A Customer
As a self-educated analog electronics designer and manufacturer, this is the book I use and recommend most. Everything in it is true. Everything in it is useful. Every page reminds you that the best test instrument is you brain. "Inspirational stuff" indeed!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book is a collection of his articles from EDN magazine. It flows well and is a pleasure to read. Bob basicly describes the things that could go wrong with items such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transistors and oscillators. As the title states, if you need to troubleshoot your designs on the component level, buy this book.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Trouble shooting analog circuits gives tips on trouble shooting along with extensive analog quirks in common components. If you didn't know that cermet pots are better, there is a danger in using too many ceramic bypass caps and the capacitance of the human finger nail then you NEED this book. P.S. The other book is the art of electronics by Horowitz and Hill.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for serious engineers... June 30, 2003
A fun read, and an excellent reference filling the huge gap between datasheets and most texts. A must have for anyone who touches hardware. I can't count the number of times I've gone to this book whenever I'm not quite using a device as intended, or I've got a sinking feeling I'm about to shoot myself in the foot with a design. I own *lots* of books and this book is packed with useful info that isn't found in any of them and isn't all that intuitive to start with.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Of some value, but not about troubleshooting July 2, 2006
Troubleshooting Analog Circuits takes a device-centric approach. About half of the chapters focus quite specifically on a type of device, and proceed to tell you a few common ways in which that type of device can fail. The other half of the chapters are quite random and don't seem to fit together very well, although they also contain useful information.

The primary theme in this book could be condensed quite simply: Don't assume anything. A recurring theme in the book is "This type of component is usually pretty reliable, but might sometimes be out of tolerance, so don't assume it's correct." Pease reiterates this same theme for resistors, capacitors, test equipment, circuit configurations, and so on. Virtually everything boils down to "x might not work, so if the system it's in doesn't work, x could be the problem".

This, in turn, means the book boils down to little more than a collection of random observations which normally would remain unpublished in some engineer's notebook, but are just valuable enough to make a published book in this case, because Pease has so many decades of experience that his experience is worth a bit more than the standard spurious observation. Even so, this book is in no way a comprehensive guide on how to troubleshoot anything. It really is a collection of thoughts and tips from Pease; it should be called "Bob Pease's Book Of Tips And Tricks".

Pease is also singularly obsessed in his hatred of SPICE. While he's correct that SPICE can't be relied upon for perfectly accurate simulation of anything, it's funny that he rejects its use so strongly in a book whose overwhelming theme is that *EVERYTHING* is unreliable. The accompanying photo of Pease throwing a computer off a roof is, like the rest of the book, amusing but hardly useful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a waste of time
Most of the "troubleshooting" tips apply to manufacturing. If you are making ICs it might be useful. Read more
Published 16 days ago by pencilpusher
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Bob Pease, what else can you say.
One of the great analog circuit experts and I don't use that term lightly. I read some grumbling about possible errors in this book and others, likely nothing more than... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edwin G. Pettis
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title, too disorganised and sometimes to fluffy
First of all, the title of this book is completely misleading. The contents is perhaps 10% troubleshooting and 90% other random stuff about electronics. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bookreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information
Lots of good basics and background information along with Bob's interesting writing style and philosophy. Great resourse for both the student and the long time engneer.
Published 3 months ago by OBV
4.0 out of 5 stars Part of Analog Semiconductor History
Bob Pease was always an unusual character at work. He will remain a notable part of our Analog Semiconductor History and that alone is a good reason for an engineer to keep this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Caleb A. Brown Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for engineers that deal with analog circuits
Bob is a legend. Reading his book is a lot of fun and enlightenment.
You will love the advices he gives and also his sense of humor. Read more
Published 8 months ago by LG
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of analog electronics...
Pease is an old hand with years of experience and wisdom. Valuable information for any engineer. Will use this both at the Lab and at home.
Published 15 months ago by JD Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Pease was the man
A great guide to troubleshooting written by one of the masters in the field. It's a shame Bob has left us, luckily his insights are captured here.
Published 15 months ago by peteko
1.0 out of 5 stars Troubleshooting Analog circuits
Who are the 5 star reviewers trying to kid this book is NOT a good book on troubleshooting. I was completely disappointed in this book it really wasn't worth the time it took to... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Roger L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for everything, Bob.
This is not the only book Bob Pease wrote. You really need to read all of them. Pease was a prolific author, and an excellent writer. Read more
Published on November 18, 2011 by Robert R. Depew
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