Analog Circuit Design PDF: Art, Science and Personalities

Analog Circuit Design: Art, Science and Personalities PDF

Download Analog Circuit Design PDF book free: Art, Science and Personalities by Jim Williams  – From Analog Circuit Design PDF: This book is far more than just another tutorial or reference guide – it’s a tour through the world of analog design, combining theory and applications with the philosophies behind the design process. Buy from Amazon

Analog Circuit Design PDF: Art, Science and Personalities

Readers will learn how leading analog circuit designers approach problems and how they think about solutions to those problems. They’ll also learn about the `analog way’ – a broad, flexible method of thinking about analog design tasks.

  • A comprehensive and useful guide to analog theory and applications
  • Covers visualizing the operation of analog circuits
  • Looks at how to rapidly determine workable approximations of analog circuit parameters

Editorial Reviews

Review – Analog Circuit Design PDF

`If you do any analog circuits design, buy this book! The well-indexed volume contains much useful information’ EDN Magazine
* `This excellent book (contains) twenty four of the best known names in analogue design (and) represents a source of wisdom rather than a traditional reference book. The lighthearted short story format of the book makes it very readable.’ New Electronics Magazine
‘The book provides a wealth of practical working circuits together with anecdotes from each author’s experience.’ – Electronics (The Maplin Magazine), May 1996

From the Publisher

This book is far more than just another tutorial or reference guide – it’s a tour through the world of analog design, combining theory and applications with the philosophies behind the design process. Readers will learn how leading analog circuit designers approach problems and how they think about solutions to those problems. They’ll also learn about the `analog way’ – a broad, flexible method of thinking about analog design tasks.

From the Back Cover

Each of the 24 contributors has brought his own unique perspectives and style to this book. You’ll find a wealth of practical working circuits and anecdotes from each author’s experience-if you work with analog circuits or want to gain new insights in to them, this is one book you must have.

Review – Analog Circuit Design PDF

This is an excellent thought-kindling book, with depth on how EEs think, solve problems, and hammer out clever yet practical solutions. Every professional EE, electronics student and some scientists who depend on electronics, as well as anyone who loves tinkering with circuits, will get much out of this book. Processes of solving problems and creating solutions are in the foreground while essential concepts such as Kirchoff’s Laws, transfer functions and semiconductor physics don’t go away. Analog Circuit Design PDF

There are five parts, though the 30 chapters could just as well be organized other ways. The variety of electronics topics covered is vast, though of course within the analog world and not much digital. But there is some digital: there is a great chapter with covers various ways to design a D2A. I usually toss together a simple R-2R ladder but there are subtleties to this craft I hadn’t though of before. BTW, the readers most likely to derive insight and pleasure from this book, already know what “D2A” and “R-2R” refer to. Beginners with less knowledge may yet find career inspiration from most of the chapters, and use curiosity about unfamiliar concepts as launching points for personal study. Analog Circuit Design PDF

The challenge of engineering is that engineers must kow-tow to the laws of physics and the cruel strictness of mathematics. There are also manufacturing and economics limitations. In other fields of Human endeavor such as politics or retail marketing, the main limitations are man-made, fuzzily-defined, and variable. Engineering must work within the hard realities of the physical world. One chapter is “Reality-based Analog Integrated Circuit Design”. Analog Circuit Design PDF

Given a tough new problem, how can an engineer come up with a superb solution when the great masters of the past have published and patented some very good designs for similar problems? Have we pushed up against what physical or manufacturing reality allows? There is always room for novel solutions applicable to any given niche. The great engineers of today will indeed surpass the great engineers of the past, with the right kind of thinking and a good understanding of new technologies. This is the main point of the book.

This book won’t become obsolete soon. The stories told may involve old technologies, even vacuum tubes. One chapter, “Reflections of a Dinosaur”, acknowledges this, though actually that chapter doesn’t show any vacuum tube schematics. (In fact, it covers the aforementioned D2A converters.) The thinking process, how to make use of what one has available to solve tomorrow’s problems, is a decade-independent art. Analog Circuit Design PDF

Physically, the book is well-built, hardcover and not falling apart after only a couple years like some books do.

Enjoyable reading (for engineers), and a way to peer inside the minds of good engineers. A taste of real life as an EE, rather than the theory and processes of textbooks. This is among my few most favorite books.

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Biography

Jim Williams, who worked for Linear Technology for nearly three decades, started as an applications engineer in the early years of the company. His contributions were many-fold. He was a legendary analog circuit designer, problem solver, writer and mentor to many engineers over the years. Jim passed away in June 2011 after suffering a stroke.

Hailing from Detroit in the shadow of a booming postwar US automotive market, Jim developed an early curiosity and interest in all things electronic. He would talk about working at a TV repair shop during his early years, so he could poke around inside to find out how they worked. His passion for electronics took him to Boston, where his intellect and drive helped him find a technician’s job working on the Apollo program. Although self-taught in electronics, Jim taught and did research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1968 to 1979, concentrating exclusively on analog circuit design. During this time, he began his legendary writing career—finding clear, elegant ways to describe complex and seemingly indescribable design challenges and solutions.

Before joining Linear Technology in 1982, Jim worked in National Semiconductor’s Linear Integrated Circuits Group for three years. In nearly 30 years with Linear, Jim had the unique role of staff scientist, with interests spanning product definition, development and support. He was consumed with developing analog circuits, helping set up instruments in the company’s labs, mentoring junior engineers in-house and customers outside, even answering his own phone. Jim maintained a lab at his home and worked there, in a lab at least as well outfitted as the one at work.
Jim Williams was named Innovator of the Year by EDN magazine in 1992 and elected to Electronic Design Hall of Fame in 2002. His outside interests spanned sports cars, collecting antique scientific instruments, art, and restoring (and using) old Tektronix oscilloscopes. 

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