Excellent introductory book, November 7, 2004 Reviewer: Ozdal Barkan (Mountain View, CA United States)
This is a real book. It is not one of those cut and paste jobs where "authors" throw together material covered in other places. This author has gone through pains to simplif y things, explain common misconceptions, and add his own insights. All books should be written like this. I have read many books covering Signal Integrity and yet I still learned a few new ideas and it clarified things for me. It was a joy to read. There are a few things that could have been done better including some of the figures which look like they have been created by an amateur, but these don't take away from the overall good effort.
This book is vastly superior to some highly praised books on Signal Integrity like Hall, Hall, and McCall's book or like Dally's book. It might be too basic to compete with such "distinguished" books but those books can't touch this one in terms of being a real effort to explain things. If you want to progress to more advanced material I recommend the books by Bakoglu, H.B.; Howard Johnson; Brian Young; Ott, Henry; and Paul Clayton. Of course, signal integrity is no black magic and if you really want to progress you can read books on Microwaves ---a field where transmission lines & impedance matching networks were used long before signal integrity books became so popular.
Great Practical Information for Signal Integrity Designers, August 9, 2004 Reviewer: D. J. Savage (Los Angeles, CA)
I work in test and measurement as an Application Engineer and assist with Signal Integrity issues/solutions often. Signal and Power Integrity Simplified", by Eric Bogatin, is one of the best fundamental overview books on Signal Integrity I have seen.
SI is a growing and vastly misunderstood segment of measurement and Dr. Bogatin does an excellent job at covering the fundamentals in a clear, concise and easy to understand fashion. His coverage of the core of SI is very thorough with entire chapters dedicated to Time and Frequency Domains, Impedance, Transmission Lines, Cross Talk as well as Differential Signals.
Unlike most engineering texts, "Signal and Power Integrity Simplified" covers key topics with a style that is more intuitive than mathematical. This is refreshing since, for complex topics, mathematical equations do not always speak to every engineer to clarify the issue. Dr. Bogatin uses a variety of word pictures as well as easily understandable diagrams to make his points. This is not to say the book is not technical, it is very technical (he introduces Maxwell's Equations) yet easier to understand than most for complex topics.
Each chapter provides a "Bottom Line" rather than a summary. These are numbered points of one or two sentences reinforcing the key concepts of the chapter. This makes for convenient and easy referral after reading the text. Throughout each chapter, Dr. Bogatin also provides "tips" to drive home a basic point and supply help or insight for the designer. These tips are easy to spot in the book as they are separated from the main text and labeled "tips". The tips alone are worth the price of the book.
Since Signal Integrity is an area effecting engineers working on high-speed products who have not typically had to deal with traditional RF/microwave effects, Dr. Bogatin does an excellent job presenting these rather daunting concepts simply so the designer is up to speed quickly.
The value this text brings is in its
-Intuitive style -Tips -Bottom Lines -General Design Guidelines -Rules of Thumb -Appendixes with the Collected Guidelines and Rules of Thumb
This book is a must for your technical library and essential for SI engineers.
All you wanted to know about high-speed design practices, November 4, 2003 Reviewer: Bruno Paillard (Sherbrooke, Que. Canada) "Signal and Power Integrity Simplified" is undoubtedly one of the best books that I have read on the subject. For a designer it is critically important to maintain a correct mental image of the electromagnetic effects that the design must take into account. Without a clear and balanced mental image flaws might be introduced in the design; corrective measures may not work as anticipated, and may even worsen the situation as is too often the case in the field of high-speed design and EMI control.
Contrary to many who focus on the algebraic developments without guiding the reader through the actual physical meaning of these developments, this book contributes to the establishment of a clear and solid mental image. I especially appreciated the treatment of inductance in chapter 6, as well as the use of field-solver images throughout the book, which help a great deal in visualizing the electromagnetic effects.
Even though it tackles an admitedly difficult subject, the book is actually very easy to read. It explains modern design practices with great clarity. In all honesty, I read it from cover to cover like a good novel! and, I might add, there are more than a few things that it finally helped me fully understand.
A book that closes the loop between theory and practice, October 15, 2003 Reviewer: charles grasso (Louisville, CO United States) I was very pleased with this book. Not only does it cover a very useful area of design, it is very well written and very clear its approach to complex engineering. Although there are other books that cover similar material, I found this book to have a clear consise and pleasing delivery. I especially enjoyed that the author focused first on the basis of the problem - I liked the chapter on Inductance - and then folded the concepts into transmission lines. All the "controversial" elements are addessed from partial inductance to differential signalling. I have read many books on this subject and this one fits a nice niche between the heavy theoretical ( such as Clayton Pauls Tranmission Line) to the very basic. Overall - a very nice addition to anyones shelf!