Hardcover: 880 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 3 edition (April 16, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.9 x 9.3 inches
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This book is extremely useful, helping the poor soul who had been suddenly thrown in the cold waters of switching power supply design, with no clue where to even start. As other reviewers stated, the late Mr. Pressman deals with the subject by treating each topology as a separate entity instead of taking the more modern, unified approach (see, for example `Switching Power Supplies A-Z' by Sanjaya Maniktala). For someone who just wants to design a flyback converter, for example, its equivalences with the buck-boost converter may not be worth much, but this book is certainly not for the academically inclined.In this third edition of the book, Mr. Billings keeps the original Pressman text virtually intact, and just comments or adds a note here and there, in an attempt to bring the book up to date. Entirely new sections were only added to chapter 7 (magnetic design) and chapter 9 (MOSFETs and IGBTs). I have yet to read chapter 9, so will limit my comments to chapter 7. The added section is very practical, but, unfortunately, poorly proofread. There are numerous typographic errors in formulas, arithmetic errors in calculations, references to wrong figures, different values entered for the same parameter, and so on. There are also repetitions of the same discussion, just a few pages apart from each other, as if to hammer it down. Although the book is written for the practicing engineer and avoids even basic calculus like the plague, I am finding Mr. Billings' approach of just throwing formulas at the reader instead of deriving them from basic electromagnetic theory rather perplexing.
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