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Here's a list of reference books that served as companions for creating many of the circuits and tutorials on this site.

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   SPICE SIMULATION                                                          

 SPICE: A Guide to Circuit Simulation. cover

This has been my long standing PSpice guide for many years now. Provides a "tutorial approach" to using PSpice through graduated examples. This is a netlist based book, a great reference covering the all the basics. The cover claims a best-selling guide (I'm not surprised), a great starter on SPICE.


 OrCAD PSpice and Circuit Analysis
An easy to follow guide to OrCAD's PSPICE with lots of circuit examples. Provides full explanations regarding op amps, discrete semiconductors, filters, and transmission lines, etc. Mostly netlist based SPICE files with several chapters on creating schematics with capture.


 The Spice Book cover

Vladimirescu, one of SPICE's original developers, not only gives the novice a great introduction, but dives in deep for the more experienced user. Lot's of examples with some advanced circuits as well. I really enjoyed the SPICE algorithms explained in detail. You also get a nice SPICE history lesson and some insight on analog behavioral modeling and convergence.

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  CIRCUIT DESIGN AND ANALYSIS                                    

 The Art of Electronics
I recommend this book as the electronics book to have on your shelf. Covers analog and digital design, a broad reference of circuits from various areas. A great nuts and bolts approach to circuit design that emphasizes intuitive understanding over mathematics. An excellent companion to an engineering text. The informal style takes the stuffiness out of theory and puts some fun back into it.

 Microelectronic Circuits
Here's an engineering text that covers the essential analog and digital concepts. This 4th edition says its one of the most widely accepted texts for teaching. Op amps, discrete semiconductors, feedback theory, filters, digital gates and memory devices are covered. Clear explanations without losing the full engineering theory. This book along with the Art of Electronics have made the perfect resource pair for me.

 IC Op-Amp Cookbook cover

Another classic book that seems to give you security just having it on your shelf. Covers basic op amp theory in excellent detail. But, like the title says, its more cookbook than theory. However, with over 200 practical circuit applications, its an awesome collection of op amp circuits to have on hand.


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  MORE REFERENCES                                                        

Here's more essential reference books I've reached for many times over the years while designing and analyzing circuits.

Operational Amplifiers and Linear Integrated Circuits R. Coughlin, F. Driscoll
Prentice Hall College Div, 2000, ISBN: 0130149918

Analog Filter Design M. E. Van Valkenberg
Oxford University Press, 1995, ISBN: 0195107349

Troubleshooting Analog Circuits R. Pease
Butterworth-Heinemann, 1993, ISBN: 0750694998

The Art and Science of Analog Circuit Design J. Williams
Newnes, 1998, ISBN: 0750670622

Optimizing Op Amp Performance J. Graeme
McGraw-Hill Professional, 1996, ISBN: 0070245223

Basic Electrical Engineering A. Fitzgerald
McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 1981, ISBN: 007021154X

 Microelectronics: Digital and Analog Circuits and Systems J. Millman
McGraw Hill College Div, 1979, ISBN: 007042327X


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Here's some recommendations from our visitors. Thanks for your input!

Op Amps for Everyone Design Guide, PDF file from the Texas Instruments Website.

Understanding Thermocouples, PDF file from the Omega Website.


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