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Intuitive Analog Circuit Design

This book reflects Marc Thompson’s twenty years of experience designing and teaching analog circuit design. He describes intuitive and “back of the envelope” techniques for designing and analyzing analog circuits, including transistor amplifiers (CMOS and bipolar), transistor switching, thermal circuit design, magnetic circuit design, control systems, and the like. 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. This book outlines some ways of thinking about analog circuits and systems that hopefully develops such “circuit intuition” and a “feel” for what a good, working analog circuit design should be.

Analog, linear, and power supply engineers; electronics engineering students

Paperback, 496 Pages

Published: April 2006

Imprint: Newnes

ISBN: 978-0-7506-7786-8


  • Introduction and motivation; Bode plots, Review of pole-zero plots, Second-order systems, Relationship between bandwidth and risetime; Bipolar device models; Review of feedback systems; Bandwidth estimation techniques; Transistor switching and switching speed estimation; Transistor extended models; CMOS amplifiers; Advanced transistor amplifier design techniques; Operational amplifier topologies; Real-world op-amps; Operational amplifier circuit potpourri; Analog filtering; PC board layout; Impedance of a PC board trace, Power supply bypassing; Passive components; Mechanical circuit analogies, Thermal circuits, Magnetic circuits


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