Synopses & Reviews
There are many books discussing electronic circuit design which include a chapter or two dedicated to wideband and high-speed circuits and instrumentation. In most of those books the way of achieving a high bandwidth relies almost exclusively on the selection of semiconductor devices fast enough to do the job. Only a few of them go deep enough into specific details useful for starting the high-speed circuit design from scratch; fewer still dedicate enough space to identify the causes for bandwidth limitation, let alone the remedies and solutions possible with careful and systematic consideration of active and passive component interactions and specific circuit topology selections.
There are also many books discussing circuit analysis, modeling and performance optimization strategies; almost none, however, offers also the complete introduction to mathematical procedures required for a successful design, particularly if time-domain or transient performance is of prime importance.
Wideband Amplifiers attempts to cover both of these requirements, starting from the basics of mathematical procedures and circuit analysis but also offering the more advanced topics of system optimization and synthesis, along with the complete mathematical apparatus required. We have tried to show the circuit examples in such a way that the main principles for achieving high bandwidth are clearly exposed, independently of the actual device technology used in the circuit realization. At the same time we were striving not to loose sight of the everyday needs of a circuit design engineer, so we have intentionally limited the contents of mathematics to the necessary minimum. While some of the derivations require a degree of previous mathematical knowledge, we have taken care to include the trivial steps in order to help a less experienced reader to follow the subject easily. For those who want answers more immediately, the computer routines on the accompaining CD will be of help.
In this way we hope that Wideband Amplifiers will have a more lasting value, both as a learning guide and as a reference design manual.
Review
"Wideband Amplifiers by Peter Staric and Eric Margan is to my knowledge by far the best modern book about this topic and can be highly recommended to anyone who is engaged in the design of such amplifiers. It can be truly called a Standard Book, well worth to be included in the Springer catalogue. A substantial portion of the book contains knowledge only available within the very few companies which play a leading role in this field. One strength of this book is its comprehensiveness: it is not necessary to refer to other books in order to derive benefits from it, the mathematics required to understand the main part are meticulously explained in its first chapters. The second part of the book deals with the standard peaking circuits and then introduces the socalled „T-Coil" which is essentially a complex transformer. The knowledge about these circuits is inversely proportional to their importance." (Dr.-Ing. Artur Seibt - Wien, Austria)
Synopsis
With the exception of the tragedy on September 11, the year 2001 was relatively normal and uneventful: remember, this should have been the year of the Clarke s andKubrick s Space Odyssey, mission to Juiter; it should have been the year of the HAL-9000 computer. Today, the Personal Computer is as ubiquitous and omnipresent as was HAL on the Discovery spaceship. And the rate of technology development and market growth in electronics industry still follows the famous Moore Law, almost four decades after it has been first formulated: in 1965, Gordon Moore of Intel Corporation predicted the doubling of the number of transistors on a chip every 2 years, corrected to 18 months in 1967; at that time, the landing on the Moon was in full preparation. Curiously enough, today noone cares to go to the Moon again, let alone Jupiter. And, in spite of all the effort in digital engineering, we still do not have anything close to 0.1% of the HAL capacity (fortunately? ). Whilst there are many research labs striving to put artificial intelligence into a computer, there are also rumors that this has already happened (with Windows-95, of course )."
Synopsis
This work covers two bases, both performance optimization strategies and a complete introduction to mathematical procedures required for a successful circuit design. It starts from the basics of mathematical procedures and circuit analysis before moving on to the more advanced topics of system optimization and synthesis, along with the complete mathematical apparatus required. The authors have been at pains to make the material accessible by limiting the mathematics to the necessary minimum.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments.- Foreword. Release Notes.- Part 1. The Laplace Transform.- Part 2. Inductive Peaking Circuits.- Part 3. Wideband Amplifier Stages With Semiconductor Devices.- Part 4. Cascading Amplifier Stages, Selection of Poles.- Part 5. System Synthesis and Integration.- Part 6. Computer Algorithms for Analysis and Synthesis of Amplifier - Filter Systems.- Part 7. Algorithm Application Examples.- Index.