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The Signal

Learning analog seems like a daunting task. Analog engineers do not generally acquire their experience in a linear path from start to finish: They zigzag a path through an obstacle course of hurdles. They acquire insights in small pieces – a bit here and a bite (not a byte) there. Slowly, puzzle pieces fit into place, and hazy concepts come into focus. We will never have the satisfaction of jumping a final hurdle or tapping the final puzzle piece into place; that just won’t happen. Colleagues much smarter than I am cannot answer all of my questions … and I cannot answer all of yours. So this assemblage of little analog lessons is hopelessly incomplete. Still, I think you will find it helpful. It may fill some gaps in your knowledge or stimulate your thinking. Each topic addressed in this book was originally published as a post on my blog, “The Signal,” which you can still visit on TI’s E2E™ Community. As such, you’ll find that the lessons are short and to the point; practical and intuitive; bite-sized and easy to digest. I needed it to be that way because I’m a simple guy with little patience. Most of my blog posts sparked questions and other dialogue. I have included links at the end of each topic to the original post when comments were posted. I think you will find some valuable lessons taught there. Furthermore, this compendium does not include all of my blogs. I’ve included links to other topics, at the end. If you have any questions about the topics I cover here, or any other precision-amplifier questions for that matter, I hope you will submit them to the Precision Amplifiers forum on TI’s E2E Community. For reference, I created most of the images in this e-book using TI’s TINA-TI™ free software tool, downloadable from TI’s website.”

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