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on 7 June 1997
When things aren't working in your circuits use
this book to get you started on how to find WHY
things aren't working. This book is a collection
of essays originally published by the author, and
a couple of other contributers in trade magazines.
They in general consist of lists and explanations
of problems and how to fix them. These lists are
grouped by kinds of circuits. I would have liked
to see more specifics on power supply problems
and on Phase Locked Loops and other oscillators.
Of particular use (at least to me)
is the advice on equipping your bench. If you build
huge boards this isn't as valuable as if you build
100 - 200 component circuits. The author has an
overly anti-Spice bias, but his cautions are generally
worth remembering. (I once took a grad course on
the internals of Spice, and another one on the
internals of mechanical simulation programs - they
all require that you understand the problem before
you rely on the computer). Obviously large very
inter-related circuit boards will require more
computer aided design because of the sheer complexity.
This book does tend to attribute a lot of problems
in systems to heat, whereas my most typical problem
is poor mechanical connections of some
sort (bad connectors, solder joints, etc). I use
this book as a reminder of what I need to be
aware of when I have a problem. A lot of the
engineers at HP and elsewhere really like this book, and THEY
are the analog design "water-walkers" that I truly
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on 18 November 1997
Working in an environment of Spice fanatices who's circuits don't always work, it's a relief to know that I'm not alone. Bob also writes with a humorous approach which requires some wit in the cut-and-dried field of electronics.
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