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Books About Spice and Simulation

the documentation that comes with circuit simulators usually focuses on how to make the software do things, assuming that the user already knows what needs to be done. the books on this page have been selected to help fill this gap.

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Elementary Spice

The SPICE Book

Andrei Vladimirescu.

both the spice novice and experienced users will find the material useful. the early chapters discuss devices and analyses, each starting with a simple linear example accessible to a novice and works though tutorial-style to more advanced material. later chapters discuss hierarchical models, distortion analysis, tackling non-convergence issues, algorithms and how these are affected by setting options.


Gordon Roberts and Adel Sedra

The structure of this book makes it particularly useful as a text to accompany an analog design course for engineering students. It includes many examples, which are available for . Some examples use PSpice syntax and may need to be translated, e.g. using the ps2macspice script available elsewhere on this website, before they will work with MacSpice and other simulators that use Berkeley syntax.

Intermediate Spice

Inside Spice

Ron M. Kielkowski.

幸运飞艇超稳计划群 kielkowski spent many years training engineers to use spice, and this experience comes through strongly in this book. most topics are covered in three stages: an introduction explaining the basic principles; simple examples illustrating how the principles are applied to circuit analysis; a discussion of issues that occur in practical cases and how these can be addressed. the mathematics used in explanations is rarely above high-school level.

幸运飞艇超稳计划群 the book is not perfect. in particular, it has a tendency to cover the same point several times in different places. (i assume that this is because it was derived from training material.) in one or two places, it describes spice2 behaviour without making it clear that spice 3 differs. however, i believe that, with the help of inside spice, almost every user would be able to diagnose and cure most of the problems they are likely to encounter in day-to-day circuit analysis with spice.

The Designer's Guide to SPICE and Spectre

Ken Kundert.

The target audience is analog and mixed-signal circuit designers who have some experience of using SPICE. Emphasises the fundamental characteristics and behaviour of circuit simulators in general. Simulation pitfalls (e.g. convergence and accuracy issues) their causes and how to avoid them are carefully explained. It also discussed how to make measurements of properties such as loop gain and distortion measurements with a circuit simulator. Simulation of awkward circuits, such as oscillators, charge-storage or very large circuits is also covered.

High Speed A/D Converters - Understanding Data Converters Through SPICE

Alfi Moscovici.

it is possible to simulate a/d and d/a convertors with spice, but it's not particularly easy. this book concentrates on undersampled (aka nyquist) convertors. it seems to be aimed at practising engineers and engineering students, and develops a set building-block models that can be combined together to analyse complicated systems.

The MacSpice FFT functions are very useful for this sort of work.

SPICE Circuit Handbook

Steven M. Sandler.

The title of this book should have been Handbook of Circuits, each with a SPICE Simulation. It is a compilation of ca 50 circuits that have been both tested and simulated. The idea seems to be that the reader will use these as a starting point for development and modification of their own designs.

Circuit Simulation with SPICE OPUS

Tadej Tuma and Árpád Bürmen.

幸运飞艇超稳计划群although written to support spice opus, much of the discussion in this book is applicable to other spice 3f5 derivatives such as macspice. it includes a discussion of the basic mathematics of circuit analysis, and the algorithms implemented in spice.

Advanced Spice

Switch-Mode Power Supplies - Spice Simulations and Practical Designs

Christophe P. Basso.

a very good book about switched-mode power supplies (smps). these are difficult to simulate because activity occurs over a wide range of time-scales from nanoseconds to seconds. to overcome these difficulties the author develops analog behavioural models and subcircuits that serve as macro-models for parts of the systems. a strength of the book is the way it includes validation of models within the development process.

Switch-Mode Power Supply SPICE Cookbook

Christophe Basso.

幸运飞艇超稳计划群 this book is an excellent toolkit for practising designers, but it is not a textbook for novices. 'cookbook' describes it well, it provides a comprehensive set of expertly constructed recipes, but a sound understanding of both smps design and spice are essential pre-requisite knowledge.

VLSI Circuit Simulation and Optimization

V. Litovski and M. Zwolinski.

the title of this otherwise excellent book does not convey the balance of the content. firstly, the authors explain how simulators work, not how to use them. secondly, a majority of the content is a detailed description of the algorithms used by analogue circuit simulators. the target audience seems to be senior undergraduates on engineering degrees. the authors draw on both the research literature and practical experience developing simulator codes. towards the end of the book a few chapters discuss the principles of mathematical optimisation methods and the simulation of digital circuits.

Semiconductor Modeling

Roy G. Leventhal, Lynne Green, et al.


Node List Tolerance Analysis

Robert R. Boyd.


MOSFET Modelling with SPICE

Daniel P. Foty.


Transistor Level Modeling for Analog/RF IC Design

Wladyslaw Grabinski et al. (Editors).


SPICE: Practical Device Modeling

Ron M. Kielkowski.

kielkowski gives detailed step-by-step methods for constructing, from datasheets and/or measurements, spice models for: resistors, and inductors; rectifier and zener diodes; bipolar transistors; small-signal jfets; power mosfets; and analog behavioral elements. the style and tone is practical rather than academic, similar to his 'inside spice' (see above).

MOSFET Models for SPICE Simulation, including BSIM3v3 and BSIM4

William Liu.

if your work involves mosfets modelled with bsim3 or bsim4 you must consider getting a copy of this book. chapters 3 and 4 were the highlights for me. the former includes a very useful list of bsim3 parameters with practical explanations of what they mean and how they are used. the latter discusses flaws in bsim3, and is essential reading.

Semiconductor Device Modeling with SPICE

Giuseppe Massobrio and Paolo Antognetti.


Not Yet Classified

Spice: A Guide to Circuit Simulation and Analysis Using PSpice

Paul W. Tuinenga (3rd Edn).


Analog Integrated Circuits for Communication: Principles, Simulation and Design

Donald O. Pederson and Kartikeya Mayaram.


SPICE for Microelectronic Circuits

Gordon W. Roberts and Adel S. Sedra.


Macromodeling With Spice

J. A. Connelly and Pyung Choi.


Switch-Mode Power Supply Simulation: Designing with SPICE 3

Steven M. Sandler.


Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits

Paul R. Gray and Robert G. Meyer.


Illustrated Guide to Spice

Robert Lamey.


Spice for Electronics

Clifford D. Ferris.


Computer Aided Circuit Analysis Using SPICE

Walter Banzhaf.


Spicey Circuits: Elements of Computer-Aided Circuit Analysis

Rahul Chattergy.


Computerized Circuit Analysis with SPICE

Thomas W. Thorpe.


Electronic Circuit and System Simulation Methods

Lawrence T. Pillage, Ronald A. Rohrer and Chandramouli Visweswariah.


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