Connect with us

Wanted: Book recommendations for discrete circuit design

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Stefan Heinzmann, Jun 17, 2004.

Scroll to continue with content
  1. Hi all,

    I'm interested in your recommendations for textbooks on electronic
    design using discrete components. Most texts nowadays seem to emphasize
    integrated circuits, and most applications material from manufacturers
    also circle around ICs. There's nothing wrong with ICs, but there are
    plenty of areas where discrete circuits continue to be appropriate. Do I
    have to resort to 30-year old unobtainable transistor application
    manuals or is there anything more up-to-date?

    I've already got:

    Amos & James "Principles of Transistor Circuits" 9th Ed.
    AoE 2nd Ed.
    Tietze/Schenk (in German) 11th Ed.
    Mauro "Engineering Electronics"
    Langford-Smith "Radio Designer's Handbook" (ok, that's pretty old
    material, but still relevant)
    Jim William's two books
    Bob Pease's Troubleshooting book
    Various more specialized texts on amplifiers, OpAmps, SMPS and such, but
    they're not that relevant to discrete design.

    Is there anything I ought to add to this list? I'm interested in smart
    real-world circuits with explanations, not in the 17th analysis of the
    bipolar transistor in common emitter configuration (unless it is truly

    Are there any good bibliographies (with reviews) on electronic design
    available on the net?
  2. Electronics Designers Handbook by Giacoletto ( 1977; 2nd edition - McGraw
  3. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    The "Reference Data for Radio Engineers" books are cheap and plentiful
    on the used market, and are very handy.

  4. normanstrong

    normanstrong Guest

    Interesting. I have an "Electronic Designers' Handbook by Landee et
    al (1957 - also by McGraw Hill) An excellent book.

    Norm Strong
  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hi Stefan,

    My favorite: Horowitz and Hill, "The Art of Electronics", Cambridge.
    Lots of discrete stuff in there. Also, Winfield Hill (one of the
    authors) participates in this forum.

    Then check out the ARRL: "The ARRL Handbook" is a "must have" when doing
    any discrete design in the RF or microwave ranges.

    The Tietze/Schenk you've got is also a really good one. It has almost
    everything in there that is needed for discrete designs. I was surprised
    when I saw a version of it in Spanish the other day.

    Regards, Joerg
  6. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Bowick's paperback, RF Circuit Design, is good too.

  7. The Landee edition was the first edition of this book
  8. dB

    dB Guest

    I've found "Electronic Circuit Design - an engineering approach" by
    Savant Roden and Carpenter, pub. Benjamin/Cummings, ISBN
    0-8053-7860-X, to be very good.
  9. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    What would a non-engineering approach to circuit design be like?

  10. Pick the closest "one chip" solution(s) out of data books, sort-of
    read the example circuits, hack it all together on a solderless
    breadboard and play with it until the prototype seems to work.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  11. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    The publisher would not go with a 3rd edition of that, so the authors
    self-published through Discovery Press. It is now titled Electronic
    Design : From Concept to Reality. They are nutcases- a very sterile
    presentation, and I don't like their attitude.
  12. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    You can always check out the "listmania" submissions under electronic
    design on Amazon- but I suspect that the subject of discrete electronics
    design has been subsumed by integrated circuit design. As for
    Giacoletto, the former RCA genius, his handbook is a compendium of
    abbreviated articles, but it should be useful for a biblio of ancient
  13. Fred Bloggs wrote:

    There's another, more recent, tome from the same authors, published by
    Addison-Wesley: "Electronic Design: Circuits and Systems". Do your
    comments apply to this, too? I normally tend to trust Addison-Wesley.
  14. Ben Bradley

    Ben Bradley Guest

    It just about has, but not totally. One interesting source of
    discrete-component design discussion is in audio power amplifier
    design. Douglas Self's book is here:

    Some discussion of audio power amps here:

    I recall seeing on the names of 'competing' authors in
    the field.
  15. He has written two books, both of which I've got. I agree with your
    recommendation (I know Doug personally, btw.).
    The field of audio power amplifiers? I suppose you mean John Linsley
    Hood or G. Randy Slone, for example?!?
Ask a Question
Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?
You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.
Electronics Point Logo
Continue to site
Quote of the day