The Circuit Designer's Companion - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780081017647

The Circuit Designer's Companion

4th Edition

Authors: Peter Wilson
Paperback ISBN: 9780081017647
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 9th August 2017
Page Count: 474
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The Circuit Designer's Companion, Fourth Edition provides 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, along with new coverage of the latest advances in electronics. It 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.

Five new chapters on Extreme Environment Design, Design for Reliability, Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques, Circuit Protection Devices, Counterfeit Avoidance and Detection are new to this edition. Additional sections on: Advanced Packaging; Wide Band Gap Devices for Power, Sensors, Burn In testing and accelerated ageing are also included.

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


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

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



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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