Intuitive Analog Circuit Design

2nd Edition

Print ISBN: 9780124058668
eBook ISBN: 9780124059085
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 22nd November 2013
Page Count: 722
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This book reflects Dr. Thompson's twenty years of experience designing and teaching analog circuit design, and is the ideal reference for anyone who needs a straightforward introduction to the subject. In this book, Marc Thompson 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, 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.

Intuitive Analog Circuit Design outlines ways of thinking about analog circuits and systems that will develop 'circuit intuition' and a 'feel' for what a good, working analog circuit design should be. Analog circuit design is introduced with a minimum of mathematics. The book uses numerous analogies from digital design to help readers whose main background is in digital make the transition to analog design. This new edition is an ideal introductory text for anyone who is new to this area.

Table of Contents


In memoriam

Preface to the Second Edition

Changes in the second edition

Software used by the author


From a Next Generation Analog Designer (?)

Chapter 1. Introduction and Motivation


The need for analog designers

Some early history of technological advances in analog integrated circuits

Digital vs. analog implementation: designer's choice

So, why do we become analog designers?

Note on nomenclature in this text

Note on coverage in this book

Further reading

Chapter 2. Review of Signal Processing Basics


Review of Laplace transforms, transfer functions, and pole-zero plots

First-order system response

Second-order systems

Free vibration of damped, second-order system

Logarithmic decrement

Higher order systems

Review of resonant electrical circuits

Use of energy methods to analyze undamped resonant circuits

Risetime for cascaded systems

Chapter 2 problems

Further reading

Chapter 3. Review of Diode Physics and the Ideal (and Later, Nonideal) Diode


Current flow in insulators, good conductors, and semiconductors

Electrons and holes

Drift, diffusion, recombination, and generation

Effects of semiconductor doping

PN junction under thermal equilibrium

PN junction under applied forward bias

Reverse-biased diode

The ideal diode equation

Charge storage in diodes

Charge storage in the diode under forward bias

Reverse recovery in bipolar diodes

Reverse breakdown

Taking a look at a diode datasheet

Some quick comments on Schottky diodes

Chapter 3 problems

Further reading

Chapter 4. Bipolar Transistor Models


A little bit of history

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" 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