The reviewer is an individual who is interested in practical design
knowledge, not high level block diagram descriptions, or books filled with
pages of incomprehensible mathematics. Titles are alphabetized.
- VHDL: Programming By Example, Douglas L. Perry, ISBN:
0-07-140070-2. Very good book. Good examples, and good explanations.
After reading this book, I was able to quickly implement some VHDL
designs. Worth buying as a reference book.
- Verilog HDL Synthesis, J.
Bhasker, ISBN: 0-9650391-5-3. A bit too concise. A questionable
- Advanced Digital Design with the
Verilog HDL, Michael Ciletti, ISBN: 0-13-089161-4. Okay,
but not great. Still looking for a good verilog book.
- Developing USB PC Periferals, Wooi Ming Tan,
ISBN:0-929392-64-7. Very out of date. Deals with win 98 only. Is
mainly just a dump of some sample code. Is very short - only
about 80 pages.
- Analog and Digital Filter Design,
Steve Winder, ISBN: 0-7506-7547-0. Is a good survey book, and high
level overview. Not much math, or derivations. Good at
telling you when to use the various topologies, and the design
approach. I would have bought it but it was pricey.
- Design of Analog Filters, Rolf
Schaumann, ISBN: 0-19-511877-4. Great book with good derivations, very
practical, well written, easy to follow. I bought this.
- Active Filter Cookbook, Don
Lancaser, ISBN: 0-7506-2986-X. Okay book, very concise, a bit out
Power Supply and Transformer Design
- Handbook of Transformer Design and
Applications, William M. Flanagan, ISBN:0-07-021291-0. Very
disappointing. Not practical. Poorly written. Most people these
days are designing switching mode power supplies, and this book
doesn't say much about the subject. Don't buy.
- Magnetic Core Selection for
Transformers and Inductors, Colonel Wm. T. McLyman, ISBN:
0-8247-9841-4. This has a lot of practical information and many tables
for magnetic core selection. It's expensive, and so for me it
would be a questionable buy.
- Power Supply Cookbook, Marty
Brown, ISBN: 0-7506-7329-X, Practical, and concise. Well
worth the price. Buy it.
- Switching Power Supply Design,
Abraham I. Pressman, ISBN: 0-07-052236-7 , Comprehensive and very well
written. Covers all of the important topologies. Buy this!
- Switchmode Power Supply Handbook,
Keith Billings, ISBN: 0-07-006719-8, Well written, good book,
very practical and comprehensive. However, I like the Pressman book
better. Buy this!
- Transformer and Inductor Design
Handbook, Colonel Wm. T. McLyman, ISBN: 0-8247-5393-3. This is a
very practical book, on the subject. It contains lots of practical
advice on how to select your transformer, for various power supply
topologies. It is very well written, and has very good
illustrations. You can tell that this guy has actually designed
transformers, and isn't just regurgitating other academic
material. Buy this one if you can afford it - it's pricey.
- Electric Motors and Drives, Huges,
ISBN: 0-7506-1741-1. Not a lot of useful information. No
circuits. Just high level overview. Don't buy.
- Motor Control Electronics, Valentine,
ISBN: 0-07-066810-8. Very good and extensive book. Has
schematics, and is extensive with 700 pages. Worth buying.
- Stepping Motors a guide to theory and
practice. ISBN 0- 85296-029-8. Decent little book.
Explains some concepts that are sometimes difficult to
understand. Not sure I'd buy.
RF and Antennas
- Antenna Engineering Handbook, Richard Johnson,
ISBN:0-07-032381-X. Decent as a handbook. Somewhat
- Antenna Handbook, Antenna
Fundamentals and Mathematical Techniques, Y. T. Lo, S.
W. Lee. ISBN 978-0442015923. Great book if you like doing 3D
integrals. Nearly pure math without descriptive text. Has some
good tables of theoretical antenna properties. It would be
better with some real world examples.
- Antenna Theory and Design,
Warren Sutzman and Garry Thiele, ISBN 978-0471025900. Good book
that doesn't get bogged down with excessive math. Well written
and coherent. Covers good topics.
- Antennas For All Applications,
Kraus, ISB: 0-07-112240-0. This is the Antenna Bible. I
need to buy this one!!
- Build Your Own Low-Power Transmitters, Graf and
Sheets, ISBN: 0-7506-7244-7. Very good Book! Has lots of different
lower frequency transmitters for AM, FM, and TV. Lots of working
examples with actual component values, and very good circuit
descriptions. Buy this one.
- Foundations of Interconnect and Microstrip Design,
Edwards and Steer, ISBN: 0-471-60701-0. This is a decent
book. Has some accurate formulas for microstrip design. Has an
emphasis on intra-chip connections. I'm not sure I'd buy.
- Microstrip Antenna Design Handbook, Garg, Bhartia
ISBN:0-89006-513-6. This is an incomprehensible, disjoint, dump
of integral equations. Might be good for someone who already was an
expert in the field. A fairly useless book from a design point of
view. Don't buy.
- Microstrip Antennas: The Analysis and Design of Microstrip
Antennas and Arrays, Pozar and Schambert, ISBN: 0-7803-1078-0.
This is just a dump of journal articles.
- Microwave and RF Design of
Wireless Systems, David
Pozar. ISBN 978-0471322825 . Decent book. Discusses system
level RF design, as well as lower level topics such as S-parameters,
Friis Equation, etc.
- Practical RF Handbook, Hickman, ISBN:
0750653698. Terrible, useless book. Nothing but vague block
diagrams and vague descriptions.
- RF Design Guide: Systems Circuits Equations, Vixmuller,
ISBN 0-89006-754-6. Terrible, vague book, no useful circuits.
- RF Practical RF Design Manual, Doug Memaw, ISBN:
1-891237-00-4. Okay book, but not great. Some useful circuits. I
- RF Circuit Design, Chris Bowick. ISBN: 07506-7244-7.
This is one of the best RF books out there on the subject. It holds your hand through
the complex process of using Smith charts, and S parameters. It gives
a great explanation of how to create matching circuits. I just which
that the book had been longer, and covered other topics in such great
detail. If you are going to buy an RF book, buy this first.
- RF Circuit Design, Reinhold Ludwig ISBN, 0-13095327-7.
More of a text book. Good explenation of 2 port parameters. Lots of
mat., not much real circuit design.
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