NEW PRODUCT – The Art of Electronics: The X Chapters – by Horowitz & Hill

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NEW PRODUCT – The Art of Electronics: The X Chapters – by Horowitz & Hill

Wow did you hear about that new sequel coming out? No, no, not The Matrix 4 – it’s The Art of Electronics – X Chapters! More delicious, practical electronic advice from the masters, Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill.

The Art of Electronics: The X Chapters expands on topics introduced in the best-selling third edition of The Art of Electronics, completing the broad discussions begun in the latter.

In addition to covering more advanced materials relevant to its companion, The X Chapters also includes extensive treatment of many topics in electronics that are particularly novel, important, or just exotic and intriguing.

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This enticing spread of electronics wisdom and expertise will be an invaluable addition to the library of any maker, student, researcher, or practitioner with even a passing interest in the design and analysis of electronic circuits and instruments. You’ll find techniques and circuits that are available nowhere else!

Clocks in at a whopping 500+ pages with 45 tables – so prepare yourself for a very long and informative book club!


  • List of Tables
  • Preface
  • ONE: Real-World Passive Components
    • 1x.1 Wire and Connectors
      • 1x.1.1 Wire gauge: resistance, heating, and current-carrying capacity
      • 1x.1.2 Stranding, insulation, and tinning
      • 1x.1.3 Printed circuit wiring
      • 1x.1.4 PCB traces
        • Resistance and current-carrying capacity; Capacitance and inductance; Transmission-line impedance and attenuation
    • Transmission-line impedance and attenuation
      • 1x.1.5 Cable configurations
      • 1x.1.6 Inductance and skin effect
      • 1x.1.7 Capacitive and magnetic coupling
      • 1x.1.8 Mitigation of coupled signals
      • 1x.1.9 Shielded enclosures
      • 1x.1.10 Connectors
      • 1x.1.11 Connectors for RF and high-speed signals
      • 1x.1.12 High-density connectors
      • 1x.1.13 Connector miscellany
    • 1x.2 Resistors
      • 1x.2.1 Temperature coefficient
      • 1x.2.2 Self-capacitance and self-inductance
      • 1x.2.3 Nonlinearity (voltage coefficient)
      • 1x.2.4 Excess noise
      • 1x.2.5 Current-sense resistors and Kelvin connection
      • 1x.2.6 Power-handling capability and transient power
        • Do-it-yourself testing; Overload to failure
      • 1x.2.7 Resistor dividers
      • 1x.2.8 “Digital” Resistors
        • The digipot zoo; Digipot cautions; Wrapup
    • 1x.3 Capacitors
      • 1x.3.1 Temperature coefficient
      • 1x.3.2 ESR
      • 1x.3.3 ESL
      • 1x.3.4 Dissipation factor
      • 1x.3.5 Voltage coefficient of capacitance
      • 1x.3.6 AC voltage coefficient
      • 1x.3.7 Aging
      • 1x.3.8 Frequency dependence of capacitance
      • 1x.3.9 Electromechanical self-resonance and microphonics
      • 1x.3.10 Dielectric absorption
      • 1x.3.11 Capacitor choices for typical applications
        • Bypass and decoupling; Oscillators, filters, and timing; High frequency; Energy storage; AC line filtering; High voltage
      • 1x.3.12 Capacitor miscellany
    • 1x.4 Inductors
      • 1x.4.1 The basics
      • 1x.4.2 Air-core inductors
        • Solenoid – approximate; Solenoid – exact; Toroid; Loop
      • 1x.4.3 Magnetic-core inductors
        • Ferromagnetic materials; Ferrite-core solenoid; Ferrite-core toroid; Gapped core; Noise and spike suppression
      • 1x.4.4 Inductors and transformers for power converters
      • 1x.4.5 Why build it, when you can buy it?
      • 1x.4.6 Inductor examples
        • Radiofrequency “chokes” and bias-T’s
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​1x.5 Poles and Zeros, and the “s-Plane”
    • 1x.6 Mechanical Switches and Relays
      • 1x.6.1 Why use mechanical switches or relays?
      • 1x.6.2 So what’s the problem?
        • Relay and switch contact life; Contact protection; Relay coil suppression; Improving relay switching speed
      • ​​​​​​​1x.6.3 Other switch and relay parameters
        • Switches: Function, actuator, bushing, terminals; Relays: Moving-armature, reed, and solid-state
    • ​​​​​​​1x.7 Diodes
      • 1x.7.1 Diode characteristics
        • The family tree; Reverse (leakage) current; Forward voltage drop; Dynamic impedance; Peak current; Reverse capacitance; Zener capacitance
      • ​​​​​​​1x.7.2 Stored charge and reverse recovery
        • Reverse recovery test circuit; Dependence on reverse and forward currents; Dependence on diode size; Schottky and fast-recovery diodes; Soft-recovery diodes; Step-recovery diodes; A farout step-recovery application: Larkin’s 40-amp kilovolt pulser; What about forward recovery?
      • ​​​​​​​1x.7.3 The tunnel diode
        • Current versus voltage: Region of negative resistance; Measuring the tunnel diode characteristic curve; Tunnel diode trigger circuit
    • ​​​​​​​1x.8 Miscellaneous Circuits with Capacitors and Inductors
      • 1x.8.1 Improved leading-edge detector
      • 1x.8.2 Capacitance multipliers
  • TWO: Advanced BJT Topics
    • ​​​​​​​2x.1 What’s the Actual Leakage Current of BJTs and JFETs?
    • 2x.2 Current-Source Problems and Fixes
      • 2x.2.1 Improving current-source performance
      • 2x.2.2 Current mirrors: multiple outputs and current ratios
      • 2x.2.3 Widlar logarithmic current mirror
      • 2x.2.4 Current source from Widlar mirror
    • 2x.3 The Cascode Configuration
    • 2x.4 BJT Amplifier Distortion: a SPICE Exploration
      • 2x.4.1 Grounded-emitter amplifier
      • 2x.4.2 Getting the model right
      • 2x.4.3 Exploring the linearity
        • Input–output transfer function; Gain versus input
      • ​​​​​​​2x.4.4 Degenerated common-emitter amplifier
      • 2x.4.5 Differential amplifier
        • Estimating the distortion
      • 2x.46 Differential amplifier with emitter degeneration
      • 2x.4.7 Sziklai-connected differential amplifier
      • 2x.4.8 Sziklai-connected differential amplifier with current source
      • 2x.4.9 Sziklai-connected differential amplifier with cascode
      • 2x.4.10 Caprio’s quad differential amplifier, with cascode
      • 2x.4.11 Caprio’s quad with folded cascode – I
      • 2x.4.12 Caprio’s quad with folded cascode – II
      • 2x.4.13 Measured distortion
      • 2x.4.14 Wrapup: amplifier modeling with SPICE
    • 2x.5 Early Effect and Early Voltage
      • 2x.5.1 Measuring Early effect
      • 2x.5.2 Some Early effect formulas
      • 2x.5.3 Consequences of Early effect: Output resistance
        • Maximum single-stage voltage gain; Current-source output impedance
    • ​​​​​​​2x.6 The Sziklai Configuration
      • 2x.6.1 Two-transistor “standard” Sziklai
      • 2x.6.2 Three-transistor “enhanced” Sziklai
      • 2x.6.3 Push–pull output stage: a Sziklai application
    • 2x.7 Bipolarity Current Mirrors
      • 2x.7.1 A simple high-speed bipolarity current source
        • Reducing input current; Operating at higher voltages
      • ​​​​​​​2x.7.2 Precision bipolarity current source with folded cascode
    • 2x.8 The Emitter-Input Differential Amplifier
      • 2x.8.1 An application: High-current, high-ratio current mirror
      • 2x.8.2 Improving the emitter-input differential amplifier
    • 2x.9 Transistor Beta versus Collector Current
    • 2x.10 Parasitic Oscillations in the Emitter Follower
    • 2x.11 BJT Bandwidth and fT
      • 2x.11.1 Transistor amplifiers at high frequencies: first look
        • Reducing the effect of load capacitance
      • 2x.11.2 High-frequency amplifiers: the ac model
        • ac model; Effects of collector voltage and current on transistor capacitances; Low- and highcurrent regions; SPICE parameters; Comparing SPICE models with measured fT; Wideband micropower BJTs; Collector–base time constant and maximum oscillation frequency
      • 2x.11.3 A high-frequency calculation example
    • 2x.12 Two-terminal Negative Resistance Circuit
    • 2x.13 If It Quacks Like an Inducktor . . .
    • 2x.14 ‘‘Designs by the Masters”: ±20 V, 5 ns, 50 Ω Amplifier
      • 2x.14.1 Output stage block diagram
      • 2x.14.2 Output stage: the full enchilada
      • 2x.14.3 Output stage: some fine points
      • 2x.14.4 Epilogue: 120 V, 5 A, dc-10 MHz Laboratory Amplifier
        • Circuit details; Output protection; Transistor choices
  • THREE: Advanced FET Topics
    • ​​​​​​​3x.1 A Guided Tour of JFETs
      • 3x.1.1 Gate current, IGSS and IG
    • 3x.2 A Closer Look at JFET Transconductance
      • 3x.2.1 Dependence of gm on ID
      • 3x.2.2 Dependence of gm on VDS
      • 3x.2.3 Performance of the transconductance enhancer
      • 3x.2.4 Transconductance in the JFET source follower
    • 3x.3 Measuring JFET Transconductance
    • 3x.4 A Closer Look at JFET Output Impedance
      • 3x.4.1 A JFET’s gos-limited gain, Gmax
      • 3x.4.2 Source degeneration: another way to mitigate the gos effect
      • 3x.4.3 Dependence of gos on drain current density
      • 3x.4.4 Dependence of gos and Gmax on VDS
      • 3x.4.5 A parting shot: gos – sometimes it matters, sometimes it doesn’t
      • 3x.4.6 Example: A low-noise open-loop differential amplifier
    • 3x.5 MOSFETs as Linear Transistors
      • 3x.5.1 Output characteristics and transfer function
        • Datasheet curves; Measured data
      • 3x.5.2 Linear operation: hotspot SOA limitation
      • 3x.5.3 Exploring the subthreshold region
        • MOSFETs at low drain voltage; MOSFETs at high drain voltage
      • 3x.5.4 Exploring a high-voltage
        • MOSFET
        • IXTP1N120 transfer characteristics; IXTP1N120 transconductance 3x.5.5 SPICE models for power
        • MOSFETs in the subthreshold region
      • 3x.5.6 Typical SPICE model for a power MOSFET
        • Equivalent circuit; Model capacitances; Other models
      • 3x.5.7 An unusual low-voltage MOSFET
    • 3x.6 Floating High-Voltage Current Sources
      • 3x.6.1 Raising output impedance with a cascode
      • 3x.6.2 Reducing power dissipation
      • 3x.6.3 Small-signal output impedance
      • 3x.6.4 Low-cost predictable current source
      • 3x.6.5 Current sources for higher voltages
        • A simple scheme; Distributed series string; Some applications: HV amplifier; HV probe; Highvoltage current sources: 250 µA; High-voltage current sources: 2 mA; Current sources in highvoltage amplifiers; High-voltage current sources: 5 mA and more; Perfect high-voltage current source
    • 3x.7 Bandwidth of the Cascode; BJT versus FET
      • 3x.7.1 The common-gate/ common-base amplifier
      • 3x.7.2 Cascode as common-gate/ common-base amplifier
      • 3x.7.3 Estimating cascode bandwidth
      • 3x.7.4 What about MOSFETs?
      • 3x.7.5 Bandwidth of the source follower
    • 3x.8 Bandwidth of the Source Follower with a Capacitive Load
      • 3x.8.1 Follower with resistive signal source
      • 3x.8.2 Follower driven with a current signal
    • 3x.9 High-Voltage Probe with High Input Impedance
      • 3x.9.1 Compensated-offset MOSFET follower
      • 3x.9.2 Bootstrapped op-amp follower
    • 3x.10 CMOS Linear Amplifiers
    • 3x.11 MOSFETs Through the Ages
      • 3x.11.1 A MOSFET Saga: the First 30 Years
      • 3x.11.2 The next 15 years
        • Logic-level gates; Packages; Pchannel MOSFETs; High-voltage parts; Capacitances
      • 3x.11.3 Four kinds of power MOSFETs
        • Comparison of capacitances; Energy: what does all this capacitance stuff mean? Conclusion
    • 3x.12 Measuring MOSFET Gate Charge
      • 3x.12.1 The gate charge curve depends on load current
      • 3x.12.2 Gate charge curves at constant load current
      • 3x.12.3 The gate charge curve depends also on drain voltage
      • 3x.12.4 Gate charge test circuit
      • 3x.12.5 The Miller plateau
    • 3x.13 Pulse Energy in Power MOSFETs
      • 3x.13.1 Limited only by maximum junction temperature
        • Controlled Conduction; Avalanche Mode
      • 3x.13.2 Alternative graphs
    • 3x.14 MOSFET Gate Drivers
    • 3x.15 High-Voltage Pulsers
      • 3x.15.1 Two-switch +600 V pulser
      • 3x.15.2 Two-switch +500 V 20 A fast pulser
      • 3x.15.3 Two-switch reversible kilovolt pulser
      • 3x.15.4 Output monitor
      • 3x.15.5 Three-switch bipolarity kilovolt pulser
    • 3x.16 MOSFET ON-Resistance versus Temperature
    • 3x.17 Thyristors, IGBTs, and Wide-bandgap MOSFETs
      • 3x.17.1 Insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT)
      • 3x.17.2 Thyristors
      • 3x.17.3 Silicon carbide and gallium nitride MOSFETs
    • 3x.18 Power Transistors for Linear Amplifiers
    • 3x.19 Generating Fast High-Current LED Pulses
      • 3x.19.1 10 ns pulser
      • 3x.19.2 High-power pulser
        • Wiring; Gate voltage; Power dissipation
      • 3x.19.3 Integrated LED Drivers
    • 3x.20 Precision 1.5 kV 1 µs Ramp
    • 3x.21 Fast Shutoff of High-Energy Magnetic Field
      • 3x.21.1 Helmholtz coils, rapid field shutoff
      • 3x.21.2 High voltage, high current switches
    • 3x.22 Precision Charge-dispensing Piezo Positioner
      • 3x.22.1 Fast MOSFET pulsed charge dispenser
      • 3x.22.2 Analog charge dispenser
      • 3x.22.3 Small-step pulsed charge dispenser
  • FOUR: Advanced Topics in Operational Amplifiers
    • ​​​​​​​4x.1 From Philbrick to SMT
    • 4x.2 Feedback Stability and Phase Margins
      • 4x.2.1 Sliding f 2: phase margin and circuit performance
      • 4x.2.2 What about amplifiers with GCL>1?
      • 4x.2.3 Applying Bode plots to amplifier design
      • 4x.2.4 Afterword: High-speed op-amps
        • SPICEing the 3-pole op-amp
    • 4x.3 Transresistance Amplifiers
      • 4x.3.1 Stability problem
      • 4x.3.2 Stability solution
      • 4x.3.3 An example: PIN diode amplifier
        • Gaining speed; “Pedal to the metal”; Sub-picofarad capacitors
      • 4x.3.4 A complete photodiode amplifier design
      • 4x.3.5 Gain-switching
      • 4x.3.6 Some loose ends
      • 4x.3.7 Designs by the masters: A wide-range linear transimpedance amplifier
      • 4x.3.8 A “starlight-to-sunlight” linear photometer
      • 4x.3.9 Autoranging wideband transimpedance amplifier
      • 4x.3.10 Multiple-range cascode-bootstrap wideband TIA
    • 4x.4 Unity-Gain Buffers
      • 4x.4.1 Stability of the composite amplifier
      • 4x.4.2 Some more applications
      • 4x.4.3 Some cautions
    • 4x.5 High-Speed Op-amps I: Voltage Feedback
      • 4x.5.1 Voltage feedback and current feedback
        • Some confusing terms
      • 4x.5.2 Overview of the table
      • 4x.5.3 Scatterplots: Seeking trends
    • 4x.6 High-speed Op-amps II: Current Feedback
      • 4x.6.1 Properties of CFBs
        • Closed-loop bandwidth; Slew rate and output current; The feedback network and stability; Input current and precision
      • 4x.6.2 Care and feeding of CFBs
      • 4x.6.3 “Hybrid” VFB+CFB op-amps
      • 4x.6.4 When to use CFBs
      • 4x.6.5 Mathematical postscript: bandwidth and gain in CFBs
      • 4x.6.6 Remarks on the table
    • 4x.7 Power Supply Rejection Ratio
    • 4x.8 Capacitive-Feedback Transimpedance Amplifiers
      • 4x.8.1 Capacitive-feedback TIA for gigabit optical receivers
    • 4x.9 Slew Rate: A Detailed Look
      • 4x.9.1 Increasing slew rate
      • 4x.9.2 Case study: high-voltage pulse generator
    • 4x.10 Bias-Current Cancellation
      • 4x.10.1 The best of both worlds?
      • 4x.10.2 Bias cancellation: the circuits
        • Simplest: Mirroring the base current of a cascode twin; Better: Bootstrapping the cascode bias; Another way: replicating the emitter current
      • 4x.10.3 Bias cancellation: how well does it work?
    • 4x.11 Rail-to-Rail Op-amps
      • 4x.11.1 Rail-to-rail inputs
      • 4x.11.2 Rail-to-rail outputs
      • 4x.11.3 Output near ground: when “RRO” isn’t
      • 4x.11.4 Offsetting the negative supply terminal 338
      • 4x.11.5 Designs by the masters: the Monticelli output stage
    • 4x.12 Slewing and Settling
      • 4x.12.1 Dependence on fT
        • Slew-rate enhanced op-amps
      • 4x.12.2 A caution: ’scope overdrive artifacts
    • 4x.13 Resistorless Op-amp Gain Stage
    • 4x.14 Silicon Photomultipliers
      • 4x.14.1 SiPM characteristics
      • 4x.14.2 SiPM construction
      • 4x.14.3 SiPM characteristics, electronics, and waveforms
    • 4x.15 External Current Limiting
    • 4x.16 Designs by the Masters: Bulletproof Input Protection
    • 4x.17 Canceling Base-Current Error in the Current Source
    • 4x.18 Analog “Function” Circuits
      • 4x.18.1 The Lorenz attractor
      • 4x.18.2 Summing amplifiers
        • Non-inverting Adder; Adder– subtractor
    • 4x.19 Normalizing Transimpedance Amplifier
    • 4x.20 Logarithmic Amplifier
      • 4x.20.1 Temperature compensation of gain
    • 4x.21 A Circuit Cure for Diode Leakage
    • 4x.22 Capacitive Loads: Another View
      • 4x.22.1 Frequency of oscillation
      • 4x.22.2 So, how about a few equations?
    • 4x.23 Precision High-Voltage Amplifier
      • 4x.23.1 Overview
      • 4x.23.2 High-voltage output stage
      • 4x.23.3 Front-end amplifier stage
      • 4x.23.4 Feedback stability
      • 4x.23.5 Circuit capacitances and capacitive loads
        • No load, no feedback capacitance; Add feedback capacitance; Add load capacitance; Output series resistor; SPICE analysis
      • 4x.23.6 Output slew rate
      • 4x.23.7 Measured performance
      • 4x.23.8 Variations: unipolarity, higher voltages, greater speed
        • MOSFET transistor choices
      • 4x.23.9 Faster HV amplifier: 1MHz and 1200V
        • Transistor choices; Circuit changes
      • 4x.24 High-Voltage Bipolarity Current Source
        • 4x.24.1 Performance issues
      • 4x.25 Ripple Reduction in PWM
      • 4x.26 Nodal Loop Analysis: MOSFET Current Source
        • 4x.26.1 Example: MOSFET current source
          • Nodal model; KCL equations; Node equations; Results
        • 4x.26.2 Example: fast 2.5 A pulsed current
  • NINE: Advanced Topics in Power Control
    • ​​​​​​​9x.1 Reverse Polarity Protection
    • 9x.2 Lithium-Ion Single-Cell Power Subsystem
      • 9x.2.1 Charger features
      • 9x.2.2 Monitor and Protect
      • 9x.2.3 Output voltage regulator
      • 9x.2.4 Multiple cells: a “battery”
    • 9x.3 Low-Voltage Boost Converters
    • 9x.4 Foldback Current Limiting
    • 9x.5 PWM for DC Motors
      • 9x.5.1 The myth: PWM as secret sauce
        • An experiment; Toy trains and sewing machines; Another experiment
      • 9x.5.2 Wrapup: PWM versus dc for motor drive
      • 9x.5.3 Afterword: DC motor model
        • Series resistance: Op-amp analogy
    • 9x.6 Transformer + Rectifier + Capacitor = Giant Spikes!
      • 9x.6.1 The effect
      • 9x.6.2 Calculations and cures
    • 9x.7 Low-Voltage Clamp/Crowbar
      • 9x.7.1 New clamp/crowbar
        • Circuit operation; Additional details; Performance
    • 9x.8 High-Efficiency (“Green”) Switching Power Supplies
    • 9x.9 Power Factor Correction (PFC)
    • 9x.10 High-Side High-Voltage Switching
    • 9x.11 High-Side Current Sensing
      • 9x.11.1 Pulse generator overcurrent limit
      • 9x.11.2 Current monitor for high-voltage amplifier
        • Current monitor for HV bipolarity amplifier
    • 9x.12 High-Voltage Discharge Circuit
    • 9x.13 Beware Counterfeits (or, Don’t Bite into That Apple)
    • 9x.14 Low-Noise Isolated Power
    • 9x.15 Low-Current Non-isolated DC Supplies
      • 9x.15.1 Simplest circuit: reactance-limited zener bias
      • 9x.15.2 Improved circuit: full-wave rectifier
      • 9x.15.3 Why hasn’t Silicon Valley responded?
      • 9x.15.4 Case study: ceiling fan
      • 9x.15.5 Inverse Marx generator
    • 9x.16 Bus Converter: the “DC Transformer”
      • 9x.16.1 Differences from classic switch-mode converter
      • 9x.16.2 Bus converter applications
      • 9x.16.3 Bus converter example
      • 9x.16.4 A few comments
    • 9x.17 Negative-Input Switching Converters
      • 9x.17.1 Negative buck from positive boost
      • 9x.17.2 Negative boost from positive buck
    • 9x.18 Precision Negative Bias Supply for Silicon Photomultipliers
    • 9x.19 High-Voltage Negative Regulator
    • 9x.20 The Capacitance Multiplier, Revisited
    • 9x.21 Precision Low-Noise Laboratory Power Supply
      • 9x.21.1 Overview
      • 9x.21.2 Circuit details
      • 9x.21.3 Performance
    • 9x.22 Lumens to Watts (Optical)
    • 9x.23 Sending Power on a Beam of Light
    • 9x.24 ‘‘It’s Too Hot” Redux
      • 9x.24.1 The finger test
      • 9x.24.2 Better thermometry
    • 9x.25 Transient Voltage Protection and Transient Thermal Response
      • 9x.25.1 The problem
      • 9x.25.2 The solution
      • 9x.25.3 TVS devices
        • Gas surge arrestors; Metal oxide varistors; Zener TVSs
      • 9x.25.4 MOV versus zener TVS
      • 9x.25.5 “Series-mode” transient protection
      • 9x.25.6 TVS circuit example
        • Fast-switching magnet
      • 9x.25.7 Transient test circuit
        • Standard test pulses
      • 9x.25.8 Transient thermal response
  • Parts Index
  • Subject

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