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Intuitive Analog Circuit Design

Intuitive Analog Circuit Design outlines ways of thinking about analog circuits and systems that let you develop a feel for what a good, working analog circuit design should be. This book reflects author Marc Thompson's 30 years of experience designing analog and power electronics circuits and teaching graduate-level analog circuit design, and is the ideal reference for anyone who needs a straightforward introduction to the subject.

In this book, Dr. Thompson describes intuitive and "back-of-the-envelope" techniques for designing and analyzing analog circuits, including transistor amplifiers (CMOS, JFET, and bipolar), transistor switching, noise in analog circuits, thermal circuit design, magnetic circuit design, and control systems. The application of some simple rules of thumb and design techniques is the first step in developing an intuitive understanding of the behavior of complex electrical systems.

Introducing analog circuit design with a minimum of mathematics, this book uses numerous real-world examples to help you make the transition to analog design. The second edition is an ideal introductory text for anyone new to the area of analog circuit design.


Electronics engineers and designers; analog designers; engineering students; electronics hobbyists

Paperback, 722 Pages

Published: November 2013

Imprint: Newnes

ISBN: 978-0-12-405866-8


  • " excellent book for an advanced class in electrical engineering or for analog-circuit designers who want to !earn quickly about analog circuits and apply that knowledge to designing and building real circuits."--IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015


  • Introduction and motivation

    Signal processing basics

    Diode physics

    Bipolar transistor models

    Basic bipolar transistor amplifiers

    Bandwidth estimation techniques

    Advanced transistor amplifier techniques

    High gain bipolar amplifiers

    Introduction to MOSFET devises

    Bipolar transistor switching

    Review of feedback models

    Basic operational amplifier topologies and a case study

    Review of current feedback operational amplifiers

    Analog low-pass filters

    Review of passive components

    Other useful design techniques and loose ends


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