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Robert Pease

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May 12 2008 0750686278 978-0750686273 1
Newnes has worked with Robert Pease, a leader in the field of analog design to select the very best design-specific material that we have to offer. The Newnes portfolio has always been know for its practical no nonsense approach and our design content is in keeping with that tradition. This material has been chosen based on its timeliness and timelessness. Designers will find inspiration between these covers highlighting basic design concepts that can be adapted to today's hottest technology as well as design material specific to what is happening in the field today. As an added bonus the editor of this reference tells you why this is important material to have on hand at all times. A library must for any design engineers in these fields.

*Hand-picked content selected by analog design legend Robert Pease
*Proven best design practices for op amps, feedback loops, and all types of filters
*Case histories and design examples get you off and running on your current project

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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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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars World Class Designs? Hardly. Oct. 2 2008
By heresyarch - Published on Amazon.com
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World class? Here's a review of some of the chapters: Review of Feedback systems....Basic Operation Amplifier Topologies....review of passive components and a case study in PC board layout, 4 chapters if you can believe it--on filter design, a chapter on noise....all of these represent basics, rudimentary material an EE grad should have mastered...and can hardly be considered world class. Some of the remaining chapters: How to Design Analog circuits without a computer....My approach to feedback design...Jim Williams "zoo circuit", while having their merits....can all be found in the "EDN series for
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.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good material, but mostly published elsewhere Jan. 18 2009
By Robert A. Maclachlan - Published on Amazon.com
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I was disappointed because much of this material was published elsewhere 18 years ago in the Jim Williams art and science books or online.
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference book. Feb. 1 2009
By GUSR19 - Published on Amazon.com
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OK, it is not really a text book and it is not really (all) by the famous/infamous Bob Pease, but nevertheless it is a good book to have on hand if you need to design analogue circuits for the real world.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPICE is good for something Dec 21 2013
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Pease is certainly one of the legends in analog circuit design.
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
casual mistakes.
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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars glaring errors, use with caution Feb. 18 2014
By atlantic1 - Published on Amazon.com
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The section describing the application of the Routh stability criterion (pages 10,11) has calculation errors for both matrices taken as examples, although the theory is presented correctly. That is pretty disturbing in a book claiming to deal with world class designs, and was enough to discourage me from reading further. Bob Pease cannot defend himself anymore so I'll stop here, but I definitely do not recommend this book, use your money on Gray/Meyer for clean, basic analog (mostly bipolar) IC design, or on Carusone/Johns/Martin for advanced (mostly CMOS) IC design.

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