Hickman's Analog and RF Circuits

Hickman's Analog and RF Circuits

1st Edition - January 15, 1998

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  • Author: Ian Hickman
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080507996
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750637428

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Hickman's latest guide is essential reading for anyone designing analog circuits. This book, along with the recent Analog Circuits Cookbook also available from Newnes, will enlighten, inform, interest and even amuse readers, and give them the ability to tackle analog and RF design problems with confidence. Based on articles published in Electronics World, this book covers such topics as RF amplifiers, oscillator design and behaviour, waveform analysis, optoelectronics, filters and op-amps, as well as offering intriguing insights in chapters such as Cautionary Tales for Circuit Designers, Circuit Reflections and Is Matching Easy? Ian Hickman is one of the world's leading analog and RF engineers. Using illustrations and examples rather than tough mathematical theory, Ian Hickman presents a wealth of ideas and tips based on his own workbench experience.

Key Features

  • Essential reading for analog circuit designers
  • Hickman's wit and wisdom is based on a wealth of industrial experience
  • Helps readers tackle analog and RF design problems with confidence


Electronics engineers, technicians and enthusiasts; small electronic RF design companies; students; academics

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: General analog circuitry
    Voltage references
    Versatile twin amplifier has many uses
    Differentiating op-amps
    Current conveyor ICs - a new building block
    Single-pot polarity and gain adjustment
    LCR measuring transformed; Cautionary tales for circuit designers
    Analog signal processing
    Reflections opto-electronics

    Part 2: Audio: Low distortion audio oscillator
    MOSFET stabilises Wien amplitude
    High-performance THD meter
    Listening for clues

    Part 3: RF: White noise - white knight
    Ready to use RF amplifiers; Synchronous oscillators: alternative to PLL?
    The ins and outs of oscillator action
    The transformer-ratio-arm-bridge
    Smaller steps to better performance
    Tweaking the diode detector
    Oscillating at UHF
    Modulating linearly
    Sweeping to VHF

    Part 4: Basic principles
    Charting RF performance
    Magic numbers in electronics
    Harmonising theory with practice
    Analysing waveforms in the practical world
    Sinewaves step by step
    Is matching easy?

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 1998
  • Published: January 15, 1998
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080507996
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750637428

About the Author

Ian Hickman

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Electronics author and freelance journalist

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