Books for circuit Design

20 August 2019 Link

Here is a list of books which I have found useful in different areas on which I have worked on:

Analog Circuit Design

  • Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits
This is a very good book to start Analog Circuit Design. It is not as beefy as Gray and Meyer so it's easier to read up. It has lots of problems in all chapters. It is good as a reference as well. It covers a very wide variety of topics on analog covering all topics very comprehensively.
  • Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits
This is a very good reference for Analog Circuits both for Bipolar and CMOS design. It covers every topic very thoroughly and in a very easy to understand way
  • Opamps for everyone
Good book discussing opamp applications for practical implementations. Discusses all aspects of designing with opamps like Frequency response, Noise and PCB design.
  • Design of CMOS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits
Very interesting to read, contains a lot of background about different circuits and contains design steps for circuits. Very useful to a starter to get a taste of how design goes.
  • Analog Design Essentials
A very good up to the point book containing lots of ideas for implementing circuits. It covers a wide variety of circuits and discusses advantages and disadvantages of each approach. A must have reference for any Analog IC Designer.

Switching Regulators

  • Switching Power Supply Design
Very good book to learn fundamentals and advanced concepts in a very easy and step by step way for Switching Regulators. Goes into the depth of different converters including Push-Pull, Flyback, Buck, Boost, Buck-Boost, etc. Also different control schemes, losses in the converters and hence efficiency calculations.

Analog Layout

  • Art of Analog Layout
A great book and must have to learn good layout practices and why they are there. Covers each device separately and analyses mismatch factors and other effects that should be considered for good layout. I refer it almost everytime my chip is in Layout.

Network Analysis and Synthesis

  • Network Analysis and Synthesis
Classic book for Network Analysis. Explains the fundamentals of network analysis very nicely. It starts of with describing signals and waveforms and then moves on to Fourier Analysis, differential equations and Laplace transform. It then talks in great detail on analyzing networks and a lot of techniques on network and filter synthesis. This book has some very nice sections on how to deal with networks which and given discontinuous inputs and then how to solve them using differential equations as well. That gives you a deep understanding on the full differential as well as Laplace method of getting solutions to your circuits. It is a must have book for any analog designer.

  • Network Analysis
Older book than the above from the teacher of Mr. Kuo. A very good read and companion to the above book.

  • Electricity by Harry Mileaf
When I was 11 years old I found volume 2 of this book in my home book shelf. When I started reading it, I just couldn't stop. It handled the basic electricity stuff with so much simplicity and ease that it was a truly enjoyable experience. I went ahead and got all the other volumes and finished reading them as well. The author does a great job of introducing all the fundamentals related to RLC circuits. My fundamentals of calculating resistance of networks was based on this book. It made me real fast, even faster than my school teachers when I reached High School in solving resistor networks! Each page handles a separate concept and explains it beautifully. I really recommend getting it for anyone interested in a very good read or anyone just starting electronics at home or school

Solid State Physics

  • Solid State Semiconductor Devices
This book covers all the basics of Solid State devices for a circuit designer and covers the diode, BJT and MOS devices in detail building up to their theory from basic physics.

  • Semiconductor Physics and Devices - Basic Principles
This book starts off with the Scrodinger equation and introduction to Quantum Physics and builds it all the way up to Energy bands and the semiconductor diode equation and then it builds it up to BJT and MOS. A very good book to learn Device Physics from the very basics.

  • Physics of Semiconductor Devices
A very good comprehensive reference to have handy and look up the concepts in detail. I think this book is like a super set of the above 2 books and is good to keep handy to look into concepts in more detail. Many times the concepts that I have not been clear about from the above 2 books have been made clear by Sze.

Digital Circuit Design

  • Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals
This is a very good book that I read in my undergraduate days. It starts of with simple Combinational circuits and Karnaugh maps and then builds it up to Sequential circuit and then builds that up into making a simple microprocessor. It gives a very deep understanding on the basics of how these things were conceptually started and built up. I still refer to this book sometimes to refresh my concepts of set up and hold times!

  • Computer Architecture
Referred this book in my undergraduate class about Microprocessors. The sections I read were very well explained and answered all my questions. It really helps understanding the new microprocessor architectures and pipelining concepts.


  • Designer's Guide to SPICE and Spectre
This is an excellent book containing the intricacies of SPICE and Spectre algorithms. Why they converge and why they do not. It goes through DC,AC, Transient analysis in details and gives a very comprehensive explanation of all parameters you can tweak to make your simulation more accurate or just to start converging.