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Analog Circuit Design: A Tutorial Guide to Applications and Solutions Hardcover – Aug 30 2011
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"This book is a great companion volume to Volume I with informative application notes and a full complement of reference designs. The chapters are not just every day application notes and reference designs, but give insights to problem-solving, design decision-making the thought process that goes along with a robust, successful design. That's why I love this book…This book is a keeper that needs to be on every designer's bookshelf, right next to Volume I."--EDN.com, March 5, 2013 "Subtitled 'Immersion in the black art of analog design', this huge book has over 1,200 A4 pages of joy…you will learn something from every page…delightfully readable."--ElectronicsWeekly.com, April 11, 2013 "…this is quite an extensive work with 1250 pages. A collection of "application notes"…[it will] help you understand and solve practical problems. Here interesting questions will be answered such as ‘Why is my phone ringing,’ but also highly complex power supply circuits."--Design and Elektronik, February 2013, page 51 (in German) "For analog designers or anyone who brushes against analog design issues…Analog Circuit Design: A Tutorial Guide to Applications and Solutions...is a great place to start. Each time I look through this book, I get new insight and understanding based on the knowledge, experience, challenges, and mysteries the authors and other contributors bring…books like this can help you get your job done faster and with fewer re-spins."--Planet Analog, January 22, 3013 "This in-depth source book of circuit design solutions supplies engineers with practical design techniques that focus on common analog challenges. The full support package includes online resources such as data sheets, design notes and LTspice design simulation software tools from Linear Technology."--EETimes.com and others, December 19, 2012 and December 17, 2012 "The 932-page book compiles 41 of Linear Tech's applications and each app note has its own chapter. The book divides information into two sections; one that covers power management (19 app notes) and a second that covers data conversion, signal conditioning, and Highfrequency & RF (22 app notes)... Anyone who works with analog electronics--and those who hope to--should own a copy of this book."--Dev-Monkey.com "This is a handsome book that I will happily find space for on my shelf. It is extremely good value for money and is, thank heavens, a prime example of why it will be some time before e-books have a real place in the publication of technology texts. There should be a place for this latest ANALOG Circuit Design in the hands of every novice, journeyman, and experienced analog designer."--En Genius.net "[I]n September, three months after a stroke ended Jim’s life, the book - what may be the only coffee table book for analog engineers - came out. What’s remarkable is how easy it is to get into, how much it makes you want to browse - like a traditional coffee-table book. As my friend Paul Rako, described Jim’s writing style, ‘He never tried to impress you with his math or his intellect. He didn't make things complicated so you would think he was smart. He made things look simple. That is why he was brilliant.’"--Electronic Design.com
About the Author
Bob Dobkin is a founder and Chief Technical Officer of Linear Technology Corporation. Prior to 1999, he was responsible for all new product development at Linear. Before founding Linear Technology in 1981, Dobkin was Director of Advanced Circuit Development at National Semiconductor for eleven years. He has been intimately involved in the development of high performance linear integrated circuits for over 30 years and has generated many industry standard circuits. Dobkin holds over 100 patents pertaining to linear ICs and has authored over 50 articles and papers. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jim Williams, who worked for Linear Technology for nearly three decades, was a talented and prolific circuit designer and author in the field of analog electronics until his untimely passing in 2011. In nearly 30 years with Linear, he had the unique role of staff scientist with interests spanning product definition, development and support. Before joining Linear Technology in 1982, Williams worked in National Semiconductor’s Linear Integrated Circuits Group for three years. Williams was a legendary circuit designer, problem solver, mentor and writer with writings published as Linear application notes and EDN magazine articles. In addition, he was writer/editor of four books. Williams was named Innovator of the Year by EDN magazine in 1992, elected to Electronic Design Hall of Fame in 2002, and was honored posthumously by EDN and EE Times in 2012 as the first recipient of the Jim Williams Contributor of the Year Award.
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For one example, the book contains an appnote dealing with the design of a standards lab 20bit DAC. As a related topic of interest, Jim Williams discusses Kelvin Varley dividers. If you do not know what Kelvin Varley dividers are, or why they are useful, this is a good place to start. The topic of Kelvin Varley dividers is just one example of one of the arcane but useful subjects discussed in this book.
The nuances discussed are subtle, and not for the newbie to electronics. But anyone who deals with high performance analog, or precision design (to ppm levels) will find something useful in this text. Even though most of the topics are probably found on Linear's website for free, I give it 5 stars because exposing oneself to the material found in this book, you will begin to learn what exactly world class analog is.
The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 covers topics in Power Management...switching and linear regulator design; high voltage and current applications; powering lasers and other illumination devices and a few other related topics. Part 2 focuses on data conversion (Analog -> Digital and D->A); topics related to signal conditioning (thermocouples, high-speed amplifiers, voltage references, bridge circuits and other related subjects) and lastly, a section titled: "High Frequency/RF Design". That section doesn't really talk about RF design at all...instead it has two sections: "WCDMA ACPR and AltCPR measurements" and "Measuring phase and delay errors accurately in I/Q modulators". Missing from the book is anything having to do with general amplifier design, power amplifer design, generalized filter design and other not insignificant topics.
In conclusion...It's an interesting book. It's not what the title (or the back cover) says it is, but it's still interesting. If you like this kind of book (and I do!) it makes a nice addition to your library.
As another Amazon Vine reviewer pointed out, this book is a collection of App Notes from Linear Technologies (LT). As such, it points to design application notes for only LT parts. Because of this, you will find that the book is very limited in both scope and components. What do I mean?
Well, first of all, if it's something that can be designed with LT parts, it's not in here. As the other reviewer talked about, this has no filter designs at all. As engineer, I like to choose the best parts for an application, giving preference to brands I like and trust based on their performance and cost, but I do not limit myself to only one manufacturer for everything, as that's just not possible.
In summary, are the app notes useful? Yes, they are. Is it worth the price of the book? Not when you can download them for free. In fact, when my engineering team did a design with LT parts, LT's support staff provided all the necessary app notes. So again, why spend all this money for a book of just app notes when these are available free and updated to new content on the internet?
Regarding vol. I, the book is divided in two sections, in general, the first section could be described as power electronics or power managment, and the second one would be signal conditioning. The power management section is wonderful, It covers a lot of applications plus some background theory, ranging from powering all sorts of devices like laptops, chargers, telecom systems, lasers, peltier coolers, switch mode and linear power supplies, FPGA boards, etc.... plus theory and application of the main power converters such as buck, cuk, boost, flyback, forward, etc., compensation techniques, inductor design, power supply filters, and so on.
I can honestly tell you that Ive learned more about power management and regulators by reading this pages than what I learned on my power electronic course at college and power electronic books. People complain that its all based in LT devices, and I agree, however, I must say that I always disliked that every power electronics book explains everything in an idealized way, for instance in a buck converter you would see a circuit featuring a "switch" which symbolize another circuit in charge of switching on and off the converter, the problem is that those power electronics books never actually tell you about the circuit that makes the switch, which in fact takes up more than 90% of the entire final circuit in real applications and its the hardest part to get right.
In this book, although using only LT parts, at least I get to see the whats inside the "switch" block, plus how to make the switch, everything starts to make sense since you are now learning about actual circuits, and not just blocks of idealized components. This is at least in my opinon, extremely valuable, and I think that it could be applied to different parts from different manufacturers once you understand the basic principle.
Most of the practical formulas you need are there, without much derivation, but there are several explicit examples on how to use each of them, so I never felt like the authors just took numbers out of the air, since most of the arithmetical procedure is in the examples. You get to see actual oscilloscope pictures, rather than just theoretical graphs and fourier series.
I always felt that there was a real design approach rather than merely an academic approach, for example, authors sometime will calculate components based on analytical formulas, while sometimes they will say something like "The way to calculate this compensation network is by using an RC substitution box and messing around with it, try starting out with this suggested values: xxx".
The book is written in a very light humorous language, not to say that it is not formal and sometimes very convoluted, however theres some very clean and subtle humor that makes you laugh every now and then, making everything more enjoyable. Most of Jim Williams articles are specially good, and funny, I specially liked the one title "Swtiching regulators for poets", Jim has a talent to explain complicated things in a simple way without dumbing it down.
In general, this book is a great buy, if you are into analog design im sure you'll enjoy it!
I felt the book was a little narrow focused with just two main topics: Power Management and Signal Conditioning; but there are snippets on DACs and some pretty useful techniques on mesurement etc that were interesting reads; the only trouble is that that's the start and stop of it; don't get me wrong there is a wealth of knowledge shared, but every solution seems to come back to focus on some Linear Tech part - which aren't always that easy to source, and tend to be pricey for what they are, the LT1115 and others comes to mind...
After reading the book cover to cover, I came away with some new ideas; and corrections on some preconceptions or misconceptions that I had previously held as a circuit designer.
But, at the end of it, the book could have been half price or less; veiled throughout the book basically was a full-on sales / marketing push for Linear Tech parts.
It would have been more useful if the book had perhaps taken a little more generic approach and was prepared to look more broadly at the concepts, rather than zeroing in proprietary based solutions as the answer...which can turn around and bite a designer hard sometime in the future, especially when the IC/Chip vendor announces an end-of-life notice; may be forcing a re-design, can be very, very costly...
If you can afford to spend USD80 on a book that should probably cost USD19.99, go for it...I'm sure you learn something from it.
If you're looking for a more generic text on analog circuit do's and don'ts, take a look at Bob Pease's book, it's a shame an updated second edition may never come out...which would be nice...
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