Intuitive Analog Circuit Design

2nd Edition

Authors: Marc Thompson
Paperback ISBN: 9780124058668
eBook ISBN: 9780124059085
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 22nd November 2013
Page Count: 722
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Intuitive Analog Circuit Design outlines ways of thinking about analog circuits and systems that let you develop a feel for what a good, working analog circuit design should be. This book reflects author Marc Thompson's 30 years of experience designing analog and power electronics circuits and teaching graduate-level analog circuit design, and is the ideal reference for anyone who needs a straightforward introduction to the subject.

In this book, Dr. Thompson describes intuitive and "back-of-the-envelope" techniques for designing and analyzing analog circuits, including transistor amplifiers (CMOS, JFET, and bipolar), transistor switching, noise in analog circuits, 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.

Introducing analog circuit design with a minimum of mathematics, this book uses numerous real-world examples to help you make the transition to analog design. The second edition is an ideal introductory text for anyone new to the area of analog circuit design.

Key Features

  • LTSPICE files and PowerPoint files available online to assist readers and instructors in simulating circuits found in the text
  • Design examples are used throughout the text, along with end-of-chapter examples
  • Covers real-world parasitic elements in circuit design and their effects


Electronics engineers and designers; analog designers; engineering students; electronics hobbyists

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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About the Author

Marc Thompson

Dr. Thompson specializes in custom R/D, analysis, and failure investigations into multi-disciplinary electrical, magnetic, electromechanical and electronic systems at Thompson Consulting, Inc. (Harvard MA). The author is also Teaching Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He teaches graduate-level and undergraduate seminars in analog, power quality, power electronics, electomechanics, electric motors, rotating machinery, and power distribution for high-tech companies. He has taught for University of Wisconsin-Madison, covering classes in electric motors, electromechanical systems, power electronics and magnetic design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Thompson Consulting, Inc. MA, USA. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA.


" 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