Table of Contents


Introduction to the first edition (Tim Williams, 1990)

Introduction to the second edition (Tim Williams, 2004)

Introduction to the third edition (Peter Wilson, 2012)

Chapter 1. Grounding and wiring

1.1 Grounding

1.2 Wiring and cables

1.3 Transmission lines

Chapter 2. Printed circuits

2.1 Board types

2.2 Design rules

2.3 Board assembly: surface mount and through hole

2.4 Surface protection

2.5 Sourcing boards and artwork

Chapter 3. Passive components

3.1 Resistors

3.2 Potentiometers

3.3 Capacitors

3.4 Inductors

3.5 Crystals and resonators

Chapter 4. Active components

4.1 Diodes

4.2 Thyristors and triacs

4.3 Bipolar transistors

4.4 Junction field effect transistors


4.6 IGBTs

Chapter 5. Analog integrated circuits

5.1 The ideal op-amp

5.2 The practical op-amp

5.3 Comparators

5.4 Voltage references

5.5 Circuit modeling

Chapter 6. Digital circuits

6.1 Logic ICs

6.2 Interfacing

6.3 Using microcontrollers

6.4 Microprocessor watchdogs and supervision

6.5 Software protection techniques

6.6 Choice of hardware platform

6.7 Programmable logic devices

6.8 Field programmable gate arrays

6.9 Analog-to-digital conversion

6.10 Different types of analog-to-digital converter

Chapter 7. Power supplies

7.1 General

7.2 Input and output parameters

7.3 Abnormal conditions

7.4 Mechanical requirements

7.5 Batteries

7.6 Advanced circuit protection

Chapter 8. Electromagnetic compatibility

8.1 The need for EMC

8.2 EMC legislation and standards

8.3 Interference coupling mechanisms

8.4 Circuit design and layout

8.5 Shielding


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About the author

Peter Wilson

Peter R. Wilson is Professor of Electronic Systems Engineering in the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Bath. After obtaining degrees at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh he worked as a Senior Design Engineer with Ferranti, Scotland and then as a Technical Specialist for Analogy, Inc. in Oregon, USA. After obtaining his PhD at the University of Southampton, he joined the faculty and was a member of the Academic staff at the University of Southampton from 2002 till 2015 when he moved to the University of Bath. He has published more than 100 papers and 3 books. Peter Wilson is also a Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Bath and Integra Designs Ltd., UK


"Wilson (electrical and electronic engineering, U. of Southampton) revises a textbook and handbook written by Tim Williams and previously published in 1990 and 2004. Some of the technological details have changed in the two decades, he says, but most of the underlying principles remain the same. There is material here for anyone from bright-eyed students to grizzled veterans, though not always the same information. Among the topics are printed circuits, active components, analogy integrated circuits, electromagnetic compatibility, and general product design." --Reference and Research Book News, Inc.