The Circuit Designer's Companion,
Edition 4
By Peter Wilson

Publication Date: 19 Jul 2017

The fourth edition of this classic work on circuit design gives you the understanding and practical know-how to produce optimized, reliable, cost-effective electronic circuits. It bridges the gap between the theoretical learning that most university courses provide and the practical knowledge and application that comes from years of experience. Topics covered include analog and digital circuits, component types, power supplies and printed circuit board design, plus new coverage of the latest advances in electronics since the previous edition published.

The Circuit Designer’s Companion is ideal for Professional electronics design engineers, advanced amateur electronics designers, electronic engineering students and professors looking for a book with a real-world design outlook.

Updated with new material on:

  • Extreme Environment Design
  • Design for Reliability
  • Wide Band Gap Devices for Power Electronics

Key Features

  • Provides an invaluable companion for circuit designers and practicing electronics engineers that includes best practices
  • Includes practical, real-world considerations for components, PCBs, manufacturability, reliability and cost
  • Contains new material on design tools, high-speed circuits, variability and tolerances, noise, simulation methods and testing
About the author
By Peter Wilson, University of Bath and Integra Designs Ltd., UK
Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Grounding and wiring

1.1 Grounding

1.2 Wiring and cables

1.3 Transmission lines

Chapter 2. Printed circuits

2.1 Board types

2.2 Design rules

2.3 Board assembly: surface mount and through hole

2.4 Surface protection

2.5 Sourcing boards and artwork

Chapter 3. Passive components

3.1 Resistors

3.2 Potentiometers

3.3 Capacitors

3.4 Inductors

3.5 Crystals and resonators

Chapter 4. Active components

4.1 Diodes

4.2 Thyristors and triacs

4.3 Bipolar transistors

4.4 Junction field effect transistors


4.6 IGBTs

Chapter 5. Analog integrated circuits

5.1 The ideal op-amp

5.2 The practical op-amp

5.3 Comparators

5.4 Voltage references

5.5 Circuit modeling

Chapter 6. Digital circuits

6.1 Logic ICs

6.2 Interfacing

6.3 Using microcontrollers

6.4 Microprocessor watchdogs and supervision

6.5 Software protection techniques

6.6 Choice of hardware platform

6.7 Programmable logic devices

6.8 Field programmable gate arrays

6.9 Analog-to-digital conversion

6.10 Different types of analog-to-digital converter

Chapter 7. Power supplies

7.1 General

7.2 Input and output parameters

7.3 Abnormal conditions

7.4 Mechanical requirements

7.5 Batteries

7.6 Advanced circuit protection

Chapter 8. Electromagnetic compatibility

8.1 The need for EMC

8.2 EMC legislation and standards

8.3 Interference coupling mechanisms

8.4 Circuit design and layout

8.5 Shielding

8.6 Filtering

8.7 Cables and connectors

8.8 EMC design checklist

Chapter 9. General product design

9.1 Safety

9.2 Design for production

9.3 Testability

9.4 Reliability

9.5 Thermal management

Appendix: Standards


Book details
ISBN: 9780081017647
Page Count: 496
Retail Price : £58.95
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Professional electronics design engineers, advanced amateur electronics designers, electronic engineering students and professors looking for a book with a real-world design outlook