Transistor Amplifiers, Dennis Feucht, Innovatia, 2016, ISBN: 9781682736265; $60 US.
Transistor amplifier literature has existed for well over a half century. Why another book on an old subject? What is lacking in the analog circuits literature are detailed examples that give newer engineers gaining confidence in design some exposure to the thought sequences of an experienced engineer. The last half of this book presents the detailed design of about a dozen amplifiers of 2 to 6 transistors (one being a bandgap reference) by “walking through” their design considerations at an engineering level of detail as an actual design activity. Several amplifiers are designed in this book, step-by-step, with explanation. A few are shown below.
One amplifies temperature: a bandgap reference, Paul Brokaw style:
While going through design details, the actual circuits - most based on a monolithic NPN-PNP array, the CA3096 - are built, measured (with measurement considerations included such as probe loading and transmission-line sources), and compared to the theoretical calculations, then assessed. The following book excerpt (page 316) is of cascode amplifier 3, shown above. Power-supply rejection is measured and calculated, and the results compared.