Intended for aspiring analog engineers and designers, the book starts with basic bipolar transistor models, then works its way through major amplifier and oscillator circuit-level designs, including some circuits using operational amplifiers. Despite the subtitle, optimization and simulation results are presented only at a high level, showing results but no input files and little detail. Figures are black and white, showing circuit diagrams and simulation results, although some color plots can be downloaded from the author’s website.

Surprisingly, the author mentions briefly MOS and JFET transistors in the first chapter (without details on modeling), but does not include them in circuits except for Class E amplifiers. He also refers to Class A and B amplifiers early on, yet does not explain the differences until about a third of the way into the book. At the very end of the book, a two-page list of references (mainly books) and an equally brief index are useful, but rather thin. Although the book takes a gradual approach suitable for a textbook, it lacks problems or exercises it would need for such a purpose.

Review by Bogdan Hoanca, a professor of management information systems at the University of Alaska Anchorage, USA.

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