LONDON – Jim Williams, a respected analog engineer who passed away in June 2011, has made a posthumous contribution to electronic engineering as a co-author and co-editor of Analog Circuit Design, published by Newnes, an imprint of Elsevier Science & Technology Books.
The secondary title of the 960-page book is: A tutorial guide to applications and solutions. It is co-edited by Bob Dobkin, a founder and chief technology officer of Linear Technology Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.).
Williams also worked for Linear Technology – for nearly three decades having started out as an applications engineer in the early years of the company. Other authors included in book include Carl Nelson.
Newnes describes the book as "comprehensive source book of circuit design solutions that will aid systems designers with elegant and practical design techniques that focus on common circuit design challenges." The book is based on Linear Technology application notes covering such topics as power management, switching and linear regulator design, data conversion, signal conditioning, and high frequency/RF design, Newness said.
Will this book be a collection of Application and design note from this company? If that is the case, why do I need to buy? I can freely download all notes from their website! Any body can tell me why I should buy one?
You can find it on Amazon for 5 bucks less and free shipping.
There it says it is based on application notes. But I'm sure it's not just a collection, otherwise, like said above, "why need to buy?".
Hopefully there is a lot of insight commentary.
As any Linear Designer knows, learning is not confined to the classroom. The classroom provides theory but this type of Text Book is the type that Designers like to have at the ready even if it is a compilation of application notes there is always information that "fills in the gaps" of our practical knowledge, and without a consistent updating of that knowledge you will fall behind. If you fill in one gap of knowledge over the app notes then the $90 is well worth the price. You can't put a price on practical experience and the art of Linear Design straight from the mind.
This book is definitely a Text Book. If you feel as though you have stepped out of the classroom then you have decided to leave your career behind you for all but the simplest tasks.
From the table of contents, it looks like that the book covers a wide range of analog topics: from power supply design to data converters to RF design. I'm sure this could be a very handy reference to the engineers.
Has anyone gone through a preview of the book?
Judging from the table of contents at http://www.elsevierdirect.com/toc.jsp?isbn=9780123851857 , it indeed looks like a collection of application notes.
If you still want to buy it, there is a discount of 30% mentioned in the last paragraph of http://www.elektronikpraxis.vogel.de/index.cfm?pid=856&pk=328069&nl=1&cmp=nl-101 (use Google Translate if necessary).