- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Newnes; 4 edition (January 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0123914957
- ISBN-13: 978-0123914958
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover
This book will help you design circuits that are reliable, have low power consumption and can be implemented in as small a size as possible, at the lowest possible cost. It bridges the gap between the theoretical and the practical by giving practical solutions using components that are available in the real world from component distributors. It does not just give a design with a transfer function but gives design tools based on that transfer function, getting you to a working circuit, bill of materials, and even board layout.
With this book you will learn:
- Single op amp designs that get the most out of every amplifier
- Which specifications are of most importance to your design, enabling you to narrow down the list of amplifiers to those few that are most suitable
- Strategies for making simple "tweaks" to the design – changes that are often apparent once a prototype has been constructed
- How to design for hostile environments – extreme temperatures, high levels of shock, vibration, and radiation – by knowing what circuit parameters are likely to degrade and how to counteract that degradation
New to this edition:
- Unified design procedures for gain and offset circuits, and filter circuits
- Techniques for voltage regulator design
- Inclusion of design utilities for filter design, gain and offset, and voltage regulation
- Analysis of manufacturer design aids
- Companion website with downloadable material
About the Author
Bruce Carter holds dual degrees, Engineering Physics from Texas Tech University, and Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas. He has over 30 years of experience in analog design for military and oil field service companies. He was an applications engineer at Texas Instruments for 9 years, where he authored application notes, contributed articles, and knowledge base FAQ's.
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The last chapters/appendixes (which cover around half the book) are quite good, they offer a "theasaurus" of opamp terminology along with a brief explanation of each term, plus circuit building techniques, decoupling, noise theory, etc., chapter 13 regarding common mistakes was quite good.
The author takes for granted several terms and concepts, most of the time they are not hard and I did understand them because im an EE, however I kept repeating to myself: "this book is NOT for everyone", I was surprised that all that "step by step" approach to explaining circuits and terms from the first chapters suddenly vanished around halfway into the book.
I initially bought this book because I cant stand reading PDF's, so I wanted to get a hardcopy of the free TI's "Opamps for everyone" book by Rob Mancini, and since Bruce Carter is actually one of the authors of that book, I immediately assumed this was the same book, it is not, although they both share common content, yet the free version has more material. This book is around 270pages, the "free" version is 464. The free version is more complete in my opinion, however it is more rigorous and may be considered by some as less practical.
That being said, this book is like a brief description along with some cool tricks, however it lacks a lot information ranging from oscillators, non-linear circuits, etc... In my opinion the book you should be getting is the free one found online.
Considering the price of the book I would say its really not worth it, dont get me wrong, I did learn some tricks thats for sure, but I was unsatisfied with the lack of content and specially the lack of applications that I would expect from a book with such title. Some circuits are presented with no component values, formulae, or examples on how to calculate them, that to me is not a useful circuit, telling me conceptually what a circuit does and yet not telling me how to implement it or showing any component values (i.e. page 71 figure 5.6) is just opamp history, not opamp application.
Finally, if you do get this book, it will certainly provide a quick reference when you need some help designing very simple circuits such as level shifters, 2nd and 3rd order Butterworth filters, or if you want to know some opamp terms. Aside from that, this book is just an interesting read, and in no way a substitute for a real Opamp book like the one written by Dr. Franco "Design with Operational Amplifiers and Analog integrated circuits". If however, you are not interested on reading in depth about opamps and you just want a quick reference for opamp circuits then "Op Amp Applications Handbook" by Jung is a much better choice.
In short: get the free version of this book, or get the books I mentioned depending on your needs.
I first purchased Sergei's text since everyone seemed to think that was the reference standard for op amps. And in some sense it is. However, I found the text to be what the author openly admits it is -- something designed to communicate information in the academic environment. I've always been a "where the rubber meets the road" kind of guy, so as it turns out I have no patience for pedantic BS, including a text that spends a good 40% of its time deriving formulae for the sake of deriving formula or providing quiz material, and then explaining everything in the context of those formulae. The end result is a text needlessly difficult to read and absorb.
I then came across Op Amps for Everyone. I've only skimmed it at this point but I can instantly tell from the writer's style that I made the right call. The text is very "application" minded, which is not really a surprise given the author spent time at TI writing app notes. When it comes to math the text does an admirable job of introducing the basic concepts and then building on those to demonstrate how they can be used to design real world circuits. He even includes a sample "universal" circuit and PCB layout resulting from a mathematical investigation that can be used in the lab to match the op amp topology to the circuit requirements. This is exactly what I needed.
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