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The Circuit Designer's Companion by [Wilson, Peter]
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"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.

About the Author

Dr. Peter Wilson is an Academic in the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Group at the University of Southampton, where he also obtained his PhD degree. 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 has been a member of the Academic staff at the University of Southampton since where he has published more than 80 papers and 2 books. Dr Wilson is a Member of the IET, a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6708 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 3 edition (16 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M9HM9A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very technical but useful book. When you learn theoretical electronics or Arduino-by-numbers the world is simple. When you add in practical concerns and component variation and EMI life becomes more complicated. This book covers real-world practical stuff for circuit layout. It's helped me to clarify a few things and given me a few pointers for "good" vs "bad" layout design and issues I could see and niw identify or design out.
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I'm not a professional electrical/electronics design engineer, but I am well qualified and a long standing hobby practitioner in the subject.

The book is full of details and explanations surrounding the practicality of transforming a good circuit design into a reliable, fault free reality. For a hobby I don't need circuits to pass EMC tests - but at least there is information to allow me to design and implement in a way which is aligned with best practice. Similarly for PCB design and layout, particularly for mixed analogue / digital boards.

The print quality is as good as one expects from Newnes as is the content. It will be a book picked up at different times during a project.
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I regard this as an essential reference that any practising Electronics Engineer would do well to have. Contains much of the need to know information you don't learn at university.
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I bought a copy for a graduate engineer I am mentoring. This book contains all the stuff you need to know that they don't teach you at University!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ec4ecb4) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ecd5bac) out of 5 stars I'm not an EE, and I don't play one on television... 21 Feb. 2013
By Kurt G. Schumacher - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a software guy. Putting a soldering iron in my hand is not the best decision you could make. But I put in a lot of time working for companies that are primarily hardware developers, so I had to learn something about electronics and circuit design. I mostly do website and graphics design these days, but I have some friends who are Electrical Engineers, and I like to be able to understand what they're saying sometimes. And I wanted something a bit more advanced that "Electronics for Dummies".

The Circuit Designer's Companion is way more advanced than that. Certainly more than I need, but I still found it very interesting when it wasn't making my brain hurt. And it's not totally irrelevant to software development; one of my first instructors in programming described a computer program as a "temporary circuit". I did learn a lot about electronics from reading it.

I showed this book to my EE friends, and they all wanted to steal it. I had some of them over to play cards one night when I had just got the book in. They saw it and spent the rest of the evening going through the book looking for the "new bits" while I worked on my website. Gotta love engineers.

Based on their recommendations, if you're in the electronics field, especially circuit design, you should have this book. (One of them has the first and second editions, and he still tried to steal mine!)
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ec7433c) out of 5 stars Good update on a standard, although kinda pricey for what it is 6 April 2012
By Joel Kolstad - Published on Amazon.com
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I happen to have access to a copy of the second edition of this book courtesy of my employer. It's a great reference when you're starting a new product or shifting to a new phase of product design (e.g., PCB layout, power distribution, EMC, etc.) since it clearly and thoroughly covers a lot of the basics. Ironically, many of the topics in it are *not* what a newly-minted electrical engineer coming out of school knows -- the information in the book is a lot of very *practical* advice about what really works (or not) and how things are really done (or not) in industry, which is a topic many schools don't address... or only address at a superficial level. Even for experienced engineers, it's a good resource to quickly clarify foggy memories of things like, "let's see... is it the X or Y capacitor types that are line to line?"

There's not as many additions to the third edition as you might expect. The new material is primary regarding programmable logic devices, ADCs, and a tiny bit on power management -- largely reflecting how ubiquitous programmable logic has has become, how many more devices now need at least some real-world (analog) input, and how many more devices today are battery-powered, I guess. The "Introduction to the 3rd Edition" does mention this -- that it "has really been an exercise of revision rather than revolution." As far as I can tell, that largely just means that they re-drew some of the illustrations, re-formatted some tables, re-flowed the text to fit the now-slightly-larger page size... and hopefully went over the material with a fine-toothed comb to check for errors?

It is true that today most of what's in this book can readily be found on-line with just a little Googling. However, I still think it has significant value in that the book is so comprehensive, rather than having to bookmark/search for a dozen different web sites each covering the equivalent of a few chapters of the book, you just have to crack open this one tome and it's all covered.

Overall, while this is a good book, it's kinda hard to recommend at anything approaching the full-retail price of sixty bucks. Forty would be more like it, IMO (and happens to be about the eBook price)... and I'd be recommending it to everyone as a "must have" if it were thirty or less. As-is, I suggest trying to find a bargain on the second edition, which should be available as the 3rd edition "takes over" ... although ironically as of today (4/6/12), the second edition has a higher price tag!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f6759d8) out of 5 stars The slightest of drawbacks -- otherwise a brilliant source 22 May 2012
By J - Published on Amazon.com
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It should be noted that this very valuable engineering book was written and updated by expert British engineers, and so the section on PCB layout practices revolves around millimeters and not inches. Just a slight drawback if you're a U.S. engineer where the PCB industry is interpreted mostly using mils (0.001"). I don't mind adding the conversions as I go. Have had the book for only one week as a reference at work and I've already used it several times. Highly recommended. It is actually more useful than (and works faster than) the internet.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f675cb4) out of 5 stars A well organized, easy to read reference book. 12 April 2013
By Robert E. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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The table of contents and the flow of chapters in this book made it interesting and easy to read, I read about half way through in the first sitting.
My only knock is the PCB section being in millimeters instead of mils; it would help to have both in the design rule section. Yes I can easily convert units but it slows me up.
It is a good book to use as a backup when trying to convince coworkers of grounding and power distribution schemes. Yes the information is online but we know there are different design ideas online and this book is a good way to filter them.
I am going to use it immediately in my work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f6758dc) out of 5 stars Good book, good ideas lightly covered, tons of typos... 15 Mar. 2015
By Ssound - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book, its like having a chat with an experienced circuit designer, and by that I mean that there are a lot of tips, tricks, and ideas, but very lightly covered, for example the author will present a problem and will mention a solution, but in very few cases does he mention how to implement the given solution, what to look for, common values, calculations, etc... sometimes its more about the concept of the solution rather than the solution itself. And sometimes topics which deserve much more depth are covered in a couple of paragraphs, for example the RFapplications of the JFET is around 4 lines long, or sometimes the author will say something like "the following circuit is useful for X purpose" but will not mention how to calculate it or why it works. There are very few and very valuable worked examples, however you have to spend a bit of time figuring out how the author got the numbers he presents to you (which sometimes are just brought out of the blue) and sometimes you just have to struggle with all the typos.

The reason why im giving it 3 stars rather than the 4 stars that it may deserve, is the amount of typos all over the book, out of the few worked out examples some formulas are clearly wrong, sometimes its just some letters that got "switched", sometimes it seems like the editor "copy-pasted" similar terms but forgot to update them with their corresponding values, sometimes in a formula a division symbol might be replaced with a product simbol, etc.. and sometimes the results are just plainly wrong. And in some cases even the ilustrations are wrong, for instance it will show an npn transistor when clearly a pnp was intended, all of these make you stare at a single page until you figure out where the mistake is, its like trying to find Waldo, electronics edition... Also, many of the diagrams (the ilustrations are ok) are not very clear.

This book reminds me a little bit about the Art of Electronics, but with a lot less content, a lot less math, and a lot less applications and examples.

Overall I would say this is a good book, an interesting read, but clearly a bit on the pricey side considering the amount of information. The shocking thing about it, is that the book is on its Third edition and all these typos are just brutally in your face...
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