Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits 1st edition, Behzad Razavi

I have all of the books written by Dr. Razavi, and this is the most recent one. CMOS has been the mainstream on analog design today, and more and more books cover this area. From Roubik Gregorian / Gabor Temes's "Analog MOS Integrated Circuits for Signal Processing" to Phillip Allen / Douglas Holberg's "CMOS Analog Circuit Design", from David Johns / Kenneth Martin's "Analog Integrated Circuit Design" to Roubik Gregorian's "Introduction to CMOS OP-AMPs and Comparators", we can see the rapid development of CMOS analog design techniques. And this book is the most updated one among these books. It covers basic CMOS design techniques as well as some important topics, such as common-mode feedback and current feedback amplifiers. Everything is expressed clearly and easy to understand. However, it does not address some of today's popular topics, such as low-voltage design techniques, constant-Gm and rail-to-rail amplifiers. Hope we can see these in the final edition. The readers can find these topics from Johns/Martin and Gregorian's books. Anyway, I still rate it as a 5-star book.

This is an excellent book that provides a fresh look at CMOS Analog Circuit Design. Behzad Razavi has a clear writing style that takes the reader from an intuitive level of understanding circuit performance to a mathematical explantion based on this understanding. This text also covers most areas of modern Analog CMOS design including all variations of modern op amps, switched capacitor circuits, feedback, noise analysis, frequency response, stability and compensation, as well as oscillators and PLLs. The material is covered in context of modern sub-micron processes and includes coverage of short-channel effects in these technologies. I have found answers in this book to many of the questions I have come across recently. In particular, Dr. Razavi uses the examples in the book to characterize various circuit performance metrics for typical circuit configurations using a symbolic approach. This results in an expression that highlights which circuit/device parameters contribute to the particular performance metric under study.

This is an international edition of Razavi's book!
The book is much more poor printed compared with US edition.
The international editions of a textbook are often much cheaper, poor printed and most important, THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE SOLD IN THE US.

This book was sold directly by Amazon.
Amazon is cheating when selling this book. There is no place saying it is an international edition. I also cannot understand why amazon can sell the international edition in US. This is not allowed.

I wonder, whether this international edition, sold with a much cheaper price outside the States but with much poor print quality, is worth $67.
After all, if I want to buy an illegal, cheap international edition, I do not need to buy this one sold by Amazon. There are a lot of cheaper international editions in ebay. They will at least tell you what they sell is international edition, not like Amazon, who says nothing.

I am practicing analog engineer with >15yr experience and can say this is one of the best books on analog CMOS design out there

What I like
* Awesome exercises. Really makes you think no matter how many years of experience you have. Keeps you motivated
* Very good ability to cover so many topics w/o being verbose. Each sentence has been carefully worded and has depth in it if you really concentrate

Things missing
* The last few chapters were not very in-depth. Since these are not really taught in grad school but learnt more by experience, a little more depth would have been great.

Not good
* There were a few mistakes/typos in the book. I don't have the latest edition to see if they were fixed

I recently completed an analog design class using the Razavi text. This book is a bit thin on semiconductor theory, but rich with circuit theory. I did not need to refer to other texts to achieve a high grade in the class.

Most of the problems are quite challenging; yet, if completed, one will become quite competent in the chapter material.

I was able to complete a SPICE-based qty 90 CMOS device project at the end of the semester.

A negative would be the lack of digital and non-linear analysis, but Razavi does scope the material to "analog."

Some students complained that the derivations were thin and incomplete. I disagree; I thought steps used and explained were methodical, if not redundant. Again, I was never wanting for another text.

Other than the similar Grey and Meyer text, this text would certainly seem to become the standard for analog CMOS design.

Not many book around discussing analouge circuit design using CMOS tech, and this book offers reader with a new and fresh prespective of circuit design, compared with so called 'bible' like Paul & Gray analog IC design book.

Mostly dealing with basic building block and circuit analysis, and the so called circuit "synthesis" is quite comprehensive and clear to follow.

Lots of problem to solve and good for mind excercises.

Good stepstone for book like Analog VLSI: Signal and Information Processing by Mohammed Ismail, Terri Fiez

This is the preview edition. Hope in the 'finalised' edition, the authour will include answers/ solutions to the problems.

Product Details :
Hardcover: 684 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 1 edition (August 15, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0072380322
ISBN-13: 978-0072380323
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches

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