Most efficient way to obtain a paper analog design book from PDF(see URL)

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Martin C., Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Martin C.

    Martin C. Guest

    There are electronics books out there that I'd like to print but I'm
    trying to figure out what's the most efficient way to do so.

    For example, here's a 250-page book titled "Designing Analog Chips" by
    Hans Camenzind, located at:

    Is there an efficient printing mechanism that you can tell me about?

    For example, I only have a B&W laser printer.

    The book is 250 pages (so that's 125 sheets of paper).
    At Costco, I can buy 1,000 sheets of paper for $35 (~4 cents a sheet).
    How much is typical laser powder cost per two-sided sheet of paper?

    If I assume total costs at about 5 cents a sheet, that book costs me
    about $6.25 to print. But, the author recommends color. Plus you'd want
    to bind it somehow. Plus, not all books are in an 8.5x11 form factor.

    Larger books will cost correspondingly more.

    Other than buying the book new or used on Amazon, do you have helpful
    ideas for self printing of electronic design books most efficiently?
    Martin C., Mar 28, 2012
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  2. Martin C.

    Jeff Guest

    Staples and FedEx/Kinkos are able to print and bind documents like
    that but they are costly - likely more than simply buying the books.
    You can get laser paper that is prepunched so that you can use a
    normal 3-ring binder for storage. When printing pdf files, you can
    resize the pages to fit 8.5x11 paper.
    Jeff, Mar 28, 2012
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  3. Martin C.

    miso Guest

    How about an Android tablet as an ebook reader. Do you really need hardcopy?

    The book is pretty aggressive, covering semiconductors, circuits and
    even layout, but seems quite skimpy on basic circuit analysis. Norton,
    Thevenin, and of course models of transistors (hybrid Pi, etc). You may
    want to get a used copy of Gray and Meyer.

    I can see some chip designers arguing with bits of the book, especially
    the part on component matching and the use of dummy elements.
    miso, Mar 28, 2012
  4. Using *wireless*?

    [sloppy crossposting trimmed...]
    Allodoxaphobia, Mar 28, 2012
  5. Martin C.

    John Keiser Guest

    If your eyes are good enough, use a program like FinePrint to put 4 [or even
    8] pages on one piece of paper. [I do this for drafts.]
    Or, as suggested above, an iPad makes an excellent reader and would hold
    your entire collection. Even the smaller iPodTouch will work.

    John Keiser, Mar 28, 2012
  6. Martin C.

    Martin C. Guest

    I don't know ... call me old school.

    There's just something about having a hard copy around ... something to
    flip the pages of ... to write in the margin ... to put a bookmark in ...
    that just feels right.

    I can't get that on a little screen of my laptop.

    BTW, I'm still looking for a good cmos analog circuit to capture,
    simulate, and lay out ...

    To that end, I found this set of books on the design of cmos op amps from
    ADI (the masters of analog!):

    Op Amp Applications Handbook

    Linear Circuit Design Handbook


    TI Design Guide: Op Amps For Everyone:

    Circuits I have Known:
    Martin C., Mar 29, 2012
  7. Martin C.

    miso Guest

    Well for capture and simulation, it is hard to beat LTC spice. At least
    for windows. For layout, do you mean PCB or integrated circuit?

    Gray and Meyer has some CMOS design in it. I have a number of book on
    CMOS analog design, but there aren't that many secrets to it. Plenty of
    other textbooks on CMOS analog. Phillip Allen, Alan Grebene for
    instance. Not free of course, but they are actual textbooks.

    Incidentally Hans' improved mirrors are kind of marginal. What most CMOS
    companies do is use two different threshold devices based on which poly
    is used. One device has a normal threshold, and the other is close to
    zero. You use the low threshold device for the cascode element. Hans
    circuit tries to do this by sizing the devices, but that produces a very
    large device as the cascode element, which in turn has significant
    capacitance. That might be all the process he used was capable of doing,
    but the dual poly scheme goes back to the NMOS analog days when I was
    using Intel's double poly NMOS.

    ADI is fine, but these days, there are good analog designs out of TI,
    LTC, Maxim and maybe a few others. But note that CMOS linear as a means
    to produce analog components is marginal at best. The advantage to CMOS
    linear is to product systems on a chip rather than precision components.
    Note I would designate oversampled converters and charge redistribution
    circuits as systems on a chip.
    miso, Mar 29, 2012
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