Analog Circuit Design - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750691666, 9781483102313

Analog Circuit Design

1st Edition

Art, Science, and Personalities

Editors: Jim Williams
eBook ISBN: 9781483102313
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th June 1991
Page Count: 518
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Analog Circuit Design: Art, Science, and Personalities discusses the many approaches and styles in the practice of analog circuit design. The book is written in an informal yet informative manner, making it easily understandable to those new in the field.
The selection covers the definition, history, current practice, and future direction of analog design; the practice proper; and the styles in analog circuit design. The book also includes the problems usually encountered in analog circuit design; approach to feedback loop design; and other different techniques and applications.
The text is recommended for those who are new to integrated circuit engineering, especially in the area of analog circuit design, and would like a less serious yet rich take on the subject.

Table of Contents




One Introduction

1. Barometersand Analog Design

2. Analogs Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, or Metaphors of the Continuum

3. It's An Analog World—Or Is it?

4. Is Analog Circuit Design Dead?

Two What Is Analog Design?

5. On Being the Machine

6. Reflections of a Dinosaur

7. Max Wien, Mr. Hewlett, and a Rainy Sunday Afternoon

Three The Making of an Analog Engineer

8. True Analog Circuit Design

9. The Story of the P2 (The First Successful Solid-State Operational Amplifier With Picoampere Input Currents)

10. Propagation of the Race (of Analog Circuit Designers)

11. The Process of Analog Design

12. Analog Design Discipline: ATale of Three Diodes

13. Should Ohm's Law Be Repealed?

Four Intuitions and Insights

14. Good Engineering and Fast Vertical Amplifiers

15. Understanding Why Things Don't Work

16. Building Blocks for the Linear IC Designer: Linear Synthesis for Monolithic Circuits

17. How to Design Analog Circuits Without a Computer or a Lot of Paper

18. Starting to Like Electronics in Your Twenties

19. Where Do Little Circuits Come From?

20. The Process of Analog Design

21. The Art of Good Analog Circuit Design—Some Basic Problems and Possible Solutions

22. My Approach to Feedback Loop Design

23. The Zoo Circuit: History, Mistakes, and Some Monkeys Design a Circuit

Five Techniques, Tips, and Applications

24. Reality-Driven Analog Integrated Circuit Design

25. Current-Feedback Amplifiers

26. Analog Extensions of Digital Time and Frequency Generation

27. Some Practical Aspects of SPICE Modeling for Analog Circuits

28. Design of Crystal Oscillator Circuits

29. A Tale of Voltage-to-Frequency Converters(Ancient History)

30. Op Amps and Their Characteristics



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About the Editor

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

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