The Art and Science of Analog Circuit Design by Jim Williams

By Jim Williams

* Visualizing the operation of analog circuits * Troubleshooting for maximum circuit functionality * generating a saleable product * profession suggestions for engineers

during this significant other textual content to Analog Circuit layout: paintings, technology, and Personalities, seventeen members current extra instructional, ancient, and editorial viewpoints on topics on the topic of analog circuit layout. via offering divergent tools and perspectives of people that have accomplished a few degree of good fortune of their box, the essays and anecdotes provide a few positive counsel in parts no longer often lined in engineering classes, akin to advertising and profession development.

Visualizing the operation of analog circuits
Troubleshooting for maximum circuit functionality
Producing a saleable product

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He considered it so expensive, he wanted to put it back on the shelf. In contrast, he tells me that $2,000 is a bargain for a 20-year-old, used oscilloscope that only smokes a little bit and will only require one or two weekends to fix up. And $1,000 is a great deal on a 'scope that doesn't work at all, because it can be cannibalized for parts to repair the 'scopes that smoke comes out of (assuming that it has enough parts left that never smoked). 4. O. becomes invisible for several hours.

God, what a nightmare it is to troubleshoot these boards. They are generally multilayer and the individual traces can't be seen, so finding interconnects is impossible. The only connections that can be probed or modified are the I C s leads themselves. You generally can't read the markings on resistors or capacitors, because they are so small. Development work is accomplished with stereo microscopes. So hobby electronics has taken a major beating in the last twenty years. It's become intellectually difficult to build a really significant project, to say nothing of increased expense and construction difficulty.

The pin count of the packages just skyrocketed. The sockets are expensive and fragile. A transition began which is almost complete today: breadboards are simply not attempted to develop each subsystem of a board; the first tentative schematic will be laid out on a full-fledged circuit board. Any corrections are simply implemented as board revisions. These boards contain mostly surface-mount components. This technique is not practical for the hobbyist. God, what a nightmare it is to troubleshoot these boards.

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