The Circuit Designer's Companion

The Circuit Designer's Companion

4th Edition - July 17, 2017

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  • Author: Peter Wilson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081017647
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081017654

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The fourth edition of this classic work on circuit design gives you the understanding and practical know-how to produce optimized, reliable, cost-effective electronic circuits. It bridges the gap between the theoretical learning that most university courses provide and the practical knowledge and application that comes from years of experience. Topics covered include analog and digital circuits, component types, power supplies and printed circuit board design, plus new coverage of the latest advances in electronics since the previous edition published. The Circuit Designer’s Companion is ideal for Professional electronics design engineers, advanced amateur electronics designers, electronic engineering students and professors looking for a book with a real-world design outlook. Updated with new material on: Extreme Environment Design Design for Reliability Wide Band Gap Devices for Power Electronics

Key Features

  • Provides an invaluable companion for circuit designers and practicing electronics engineers that includes best practices
  • Includes practical, real-world considerations for components, PCBs, manufacturability, reliability and cost
  • Contains new material on design tools, high-speed circuits, variability and tolerances, noise, simulation methods and testing


Professional electronics design engineers, advanced amateur electronics designers, electronic engineering students and professors looking for a book with a real-world design outlook

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    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

    4.5 MOSFETs

    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

    8.6 Filtering

    8.7 Cables and connectors

    8.8 EMC design checklist

    Chapter 9. General product design

    9.1 Safety

    9.2 Design for production

    9.3 Testability

    9.4 Reliability

    9.5 Thermal management

    Appendix: Standards


Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2017
  • Published: July 17, 2017
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081017647
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081017654

About the Author

Peter Wilson

Peter 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

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