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A must-read book for every analog designer

for both practicing analog designers and those who are thinking of becoming one...

The Art and Science of Analog Circuit Design, is a book edited by Jim Williams, an analog guru who spent significant amount of his career teaching postgaduate students in analog electronics design at MIT, he was also a circuit designer with Linear and National Semiconductor. A brilliant writer, who is unfortunately not with us on this world anymore.
      A few chapters of his book are a must-read for every analog engineer as well as everyone who is thinking of going towards the analog electronics design path. I would like to "advertise" some of his most brilliant works based solely on my personal views.
      It is more than just another circuit design book, it is an adventure through the world of analog design combining theory and real world examples with deep philosophies behind the design process. Apart from design aspects, this book would tell you why you should or should not attempt going on the dark side of the moon. For those of you who have already landed there, by opening "Part 1: Learning How", you will find a mirror of yourself on every page.


This is a weird book. When I was asked to write it I refused, because I didn't believe anybody could, or should, try to explain how to do analog design.


      The weird collection of articles by Williams however, by far does not finish here.
Analog Circuit Design: Art, Science and Personalities - it is the predcessor of the firstmentioned in the post book, released some 9ish years before the release of its second edition. Even though that both books share somewhat similar names, the latter covers far deeper and heavily philosophical analog design paradigms. Some of my personal favourite chapters include:

  Analogs, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, or Metaphors of the Continuum

  Reflections of a Dinosaur

  The Zoo circuit: History, Mistakes, and Some Monkeys Design a Circuit

  Propagation of the Race

As you might notice, all the articles included in both books and edited by Williams are written by practicing analog gurus. But let's hop over to some less philosophical works from Williams, yes, you guessed it right - technical notes. Here is my proposal:

  Switching Regulators for Poets - A Gentle Guide for the Trepidatious

  Bridge Circuits - Marrying Gain and Balance

  1ppm Settling Time Measurement for a Monolithic 18-Bit DAC - When Does the Last Angel Stop Dancing on a Speeding Pinhead?

  Slew Rate Verification for Wideband Amplifiers - The Taming of the Slew

One last link to share with you - check out doctoranalog's blog entirely dedicated to Williams and the early silicon era gurus.

So, to summarize, I am getting even more confused, does analog design take a heavy part in the philosophy of science then? Also, how about coining a new book genre - "philosophical analog science fiction"? :)

Date:Sun Oct 27 23:07:51 CET 2015

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