Analog Circuit Design

1st Edition

A Tutorial Guide to Applications and Solutions

Editors: Bob Dobkin Jim Williams
Print ISBN: 9780123851857
eBook ISBN: 9780123851864
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 30th August 2011
Page Count: 960
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Analog circuit and system design today is more essential than ever before. With the growth of digital systems, wireless communications, complex industrial and automotive systems, designers are challenged to develop sophisticated analog solutions. This comprehensive source book of circuit design solutions will aid systems designers with elegant and practical design techniques that focus on common circuit design challenges. The book’s in-depth application examples provide insight into circuit design and application solutions that you can apply in today’s demanding designs.

Online support package, including LTspiceÒ software, Design Notes, plus videos and data sheets can be found at:

Key Features

  • Covers the fundamentals of linear/analog circuit and system design to guide engineers with their design challenges
  • Based on the Application Notes of Linear Technology, the foremost designer of high performance analog products, readers will gain practical insights into design techniques and practice
  • Broad range of topics, including power management tutorials, switching regulator design, linear regulator design, data conversion, signal conditioning, and high frequency/RF design
  • Contributors include the leading lights in analog design, Robert Dobkin, Jim Williams and Carl Nelson, among others


Electronics engineers and designers; electronics technicians; engineering students; electronics hobbyists, circuit designers, electrical engineers, instrumentation engineers, or electrical engineering students

Table of Contents



Publisher’s Note




Why write applications?


Part 1: Power Management

Section 1. Power Management Tutorials

1. Ceramic input capacitors can cause overvoltage transients

Plug in the wall adapter at your own risk

Building the Test Circuit

Turning on the switch

Testing a portable application

Input voltage transients with different input elements

Optimizing Input Capacitors


2. Minimizing switching regulator residue in linear regulator outputs: Banishing those accursed spikes



3. Power conditioning for notebook and palmtop systems


Battery charging

Power supplies for palmtop computers

4. 2-Wire virtual remote sensing for voltage regulators: Clairvoyance marries remote sensing


“Virtual” remote sensing


VRS linear regulators

VRS equipped switching regulators

VRS based isolated switching supplies

VRS halogen lamp drive circuit


Section 2. Switching Regulator Design

5. LT1070 design manual



LT1070 operation

Pin functions

Basic switching regulator topologies

Application circuits

Negative buck converter

Negative-to-positive buck-boost converter

Positive buck converter

Flyback converter

Totally isolated converter

Positive current-boosted buck converter

Negative current-boosted buck converter

Negative input/negative output flyback converter

Positive-to-negative flyback converter

Voltage-boosted boost converter

Negative boost converter

Positive-to-negative buck boost converter</


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About the Editor

Bob Dobkin

Bob Dobkin is a founder and Chief Technical Officer of Linear Technology Corporation. Prior to 1999, he was responsible for all new product development at Linear. Before founding Linear Technology in 1981, Dobkin was Director of Advanced Circuit Development at National Semiconductor for eleven years. He has been intimately involved in the development of high performance linear integrated circuits for over 30 years and has generated many industry standard circuits. Dobkin holds over 100 patents pertaining to linear ICs and has authored over 50 articles and papers. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Linear Technology Corporation, Milpitas, CA, USA

Jim Williams

Jim Williams, who worked for Linear Technology for nearly three decades, was a talented and prolific circuit designer and author in the field of analog electronics until his untimely passing in 2011. In nearly 30 years with Linear, he had the unique role of staff scientist with interests spanning product definition, development and support. Before joining Linear Technology in 1982, Williams worked in National Semiconductor’s Linear Integrated Circuits Group for three years. Williams was a legendary circuit designer, problem solver, mentor and writer with writings published as Linear application notes and EDN magazine articles. In addition, he was writer/editor of four books. Williams was named Innovator of the Year by EDN magazine in 1992, elected to Electronic Design Hall of Fame in 2002, and was honored posthumously by EDN and EE Times in 2012 as the first recipient of the Jim Williams Contributor of the Year Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Linear Technology Corporation, Milpitas, California


"This book is a great companion volume to Volume I with informative application notes and a full complement of reference designs. The chapters are not just every day application notes and reference designs, but give insights to problem-solving, design decision-making the thought process that goes along with a robust, successful design. That's why I love this book…This book is a keeper that needs to be on every designer's bookshelf, right next to Volume I.", March 2013

"Subtitled 'Immersion in the black art of analog design', this huge book has over 1,200 A4 pages of joy…you will learn something from every page…delightfully readable.", April 2013

"…this is quite an extensive work with 1250 pages. A collection of "application notes"…[it will] help you understand and solve practical problems. Here interesting questions will be answered such as ‘Why is my phone ringing,’ but also highly complex power supply circuits." --Design and Elektronik, February 2013

"For analog designers or anyone who brushes against analog design issues…Analog Circuit Design: A Tutorial Guide to Applications and a great place to start. Each time I look through this book, I get new insight and understanding based on the knowledge, experience, challenges, and mysteries the authors and other contributors bring…books like this can help you get your job done faster and with fewer re-spins." --Planet Analog, January 2013

"This in-depth source book of circuit design solutions supplies engineers with practical design techniques that focus on common analog challenges. The full support package includes online resources such as data sheets, design notes and LTspice design simulation software tools from Linear Technology." and others, December 2012

"The 932-page book compiles 41 of Linear