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Analog Circuits Paperback – May 12 2008
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"The book provides good background material on topics like feedback control and stability, and it presents the basics of op-amp topologies and data conversion." - Rick Nelson, Test & Measurement World.
About the Author
Pease attended Mt. Hermon School, and graduated from MIT in 1961 with a BSEE. He worked at Philbrick Researches up to 1975 and designed many OpAmps and Analog Computing Modules.
Pease joined National Semiconductor in 1976. He has designed about 24 analog ICs including power regulators, voltage references, and temp sensors. He has written 65+ magazine articles and holds about 21 US patents. Pease is the self-declared Czar of Bandgaps since 1986. He enjoys hiking and trekking in Nepal, and ferroequinology. His position at NSC is Staff Scientist. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Pease wrote the definitive book, TROUBLESHOOTING ANALOG CIRCUITS, now in its 18th printing. It has been translated into French, German, Dutch, Russian, and Polish. Pease is a columnist in Electronic Design magazine, with over 240 columns published. The column, PEASE PORRIDGE, covers a wide range of technical topics.
Pease also has posted many technical and semi-technical items on his main web-site: http://www.national.com/rap Many of Pease's recent columns are accessible there.
Pease was inducted into the E.E. Hall Of Fame in 2002. Refer to: http://www.elecdesign.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=17269&Extension=pdf See Pease's other web site at http://www.transtronix.com
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design engineers". And to publish Pease's notes on Vbe.....Pulease, Pease.... "What's all this vbe stuff" can be found online for free.
In summary, this text will help augment an undergraduate EE's education. It might be useful for non-hardware or digital designer types who have to stray out of their comfort zones, into the analog domain. But there is little in this text that actually world class. Williams Zoo circuit is the the only world class design. Everything else is either rudimentary, or a rip off of other previous published material.
I downgraded the text to 3 stars because the text is somewhat deceptive as to what it purports to be. It should be more appropriately titled: "Analog Circuits: Basics To Be Mastered". The authors are competent, and well known in the field, so it wasn't downgraded any further.
Analog Circuit Design: Art, Science and Personalities (EDN Series for Design Engineers)
The best new material is from Bonnie Baker about sigma-delta ADCs and when to use them or SAR ADCs.
This somewhat resembles a textbook, with some basic material stitching together the more advanced stuff, and could possibly be used in that way. Some chapters seem to have been updated in a half-hearted way, such as the discussion of passives which mentions SMT as an option, but then goes on to discuss carbon comp and carbon film as relevant technologies. And please give the whining about Spice a rest, or at least update it. Two AT clones and megabytes of unused software? We're way beyond that now man. It's gigabytes of unused software.
Some of the basic tutorials seem uninspired too, like the "Review of Feedback Systems" with mandatory mention of the useless Routh criterion, etc. If you have a transfer function and want to see what it does, then get a computer dude. I understand it was once common to do division without a calculator, and for some reason they also still teach that in school.
His contempt for SPICE simulation is quite well known in the community.
But I have to disagree...
I had to brush up on my filter design knowledge and I had a surprise:
The section on BPF and notch filters contains errors... many. And they are
not simply type setting errors. For instance in one of the filters a value is labeled
as 100pF, while it should be 100nF (P140). Then in another example he got the
resonance frequency of the filter very wrong (P264). Resistor references are wrong labeled (P264)
If he would have used SPICE he would have discovered that there is a sloppy
mistake somewhere. The prototype would not worked either, but this would take a lot longer
to solder up the circuit
Obviously /rap knows how to calculate filters, but he is so confident that he makes
But this all does not matter, because as soon as you make an effort to understand
the subject matter, the errors become obvious.
Someone should have proof-read the book before publishing however.
Otherwise it is one of the best books on electronics I ever bought. It is not trivial and the title
is misleading. "World class designs" ... anybody who thinks this is just a collection of circuits you
can rip off... not so. This is a book which teaches the finer aspects of analog circuit design.
Not really for beginners however, and there is some math you need to understand.
He shares some knowledge in electronics, you will never learn in school.
Also he talks about a general approach to any design (if not life in general).
Do not dismiss it lightly
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