Hardcover: 872 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (August 24, 2009)
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Introduction and Summary - Henry Ott has been a well-known expert and consultant in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for a number of years during his career with AT&T Bell Labs, and as a full-time consultant since leaving Bell Labs. His first book, Noise Reduction Techniques in Electronic Systems, was written in 1977 and a revised second edition was published in 1988. While the basic information in the second edition remains much the same, technology has marched on dramatically, rendering some of the concepts and solutions somewhat antiquated. So, it was with great interest, that I learned of Ott's most recent book, Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering (2009), which was a complete rewrite and now twice as thick, with 843 pages (ISBN 978-0-470-18930-6, $96.00 through .com).There are now 18 chapters with six appendices - nine of which, have been completely rewritten. Both analog, digital and mixed-signal circuit design principles are covered, as well as frequencies from audio through GHz. Ott strives to balance the theory with practical applications gleaned from his years as a consultant. The theory is explained so it's easily understood by product design engineers. Solved problems are included, so as to make this text appropriate for upper-level college courses.After reading his text, I come away very impressed with the content. This is a book addressed to the working product designer - not for those trying to learn the theory. For that, I would suggest Clayton Paul's book, Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility (2nd. edition), or several other like texts. However, Ott includes just enough theory to help explain the basic concepts.
As other reviewers have said, this is a great reference for EMC issues, and I wholeheartedly agree. As an analogengineer, though, I find it extremely valuable for analog design, too. It's not surprising that so many respectedanalog designers refer to Henry Ott's work.Anyone involved in the design of mixed-signal (analog and digital) printed circuit boards will find a goldmineof information in the chapter covering this topic (Chapter 17: Mixed-Signal PCB Layout). The rationale for using or not using split ground planes is clearly explained, and it is likely that many designers, including this reviewer, have been doing it improperly and creating noisier PCBs that result in noisier analog signals. More often than not, it is better not to split the ground plane, but parts placement is the key. This chapter alone is worth the price of the book.Chapter 4: Balancing and Filtering thoroughly covers the topic of balanced circuits and includes the entire signal chain: the driver, the cable, and the receiver (both transformer-input and op-amp-input based). Anyone working with low-level analog signals (audio engineers, instrumentation engineers) will find this chapter very valuable. Also of great value is the chapter on cabling (Ch. 2). It clearly explains how and under what circumstances cable shielding works to guard against electric and magnetic interference, and the differences between coaxial cable and twisted pair connections.
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