Books on spice
There are a lot of books that deals with Spice (and thus ngspice) and circuit simulation. The following list is neither complete nor representative of the available literature. Suggestions are welcome!
This book gives a clear description of the numerical techniques and algorithms that are part of modern circuit simulators, with a focus on the most commonly used simulation modes: DC analysis and transient analysis. Tested in a graduate course on circuit simulation at the University of Toronto, this unique text provides the reader with sufficient detail and mathematical rigor to write his/her own basic circuit simulator. There is detailed coverage throughout of the mathematical and numerical techniques that are the basis for the various simulation topics, which facilitates a complete understanding of practical simulation techniques.
From the cover text.
Comments by HV: So go for it: write your own circuit simulator! Or better use ngspice, but learn a lot about it with this book.
Compact models of semiconductor devices are the bridge between integrated circuit design and manufacturing in the IC industry. BSIM4, as the industry standard MOSFET compact model, has served design and manufacturing companies from the 130 nanometer technology node to the 20 nm node today. Over the past decade, BSIM4 has contributed to the IC industry worth untold billions of dollars.
This book presents BSIM4 systematically. It provides analyses and insights into the advanced MOS device theory and process implementation, compact modeling methodology and engineering practice, characterization and parameter extraction, as well as SPICE implementation for BSIM4. This book is dedicated to the BSIM users and those that make their profession in these areas.
This in fact is not a book, but a collection of 7 papers on the history of Spice by R. Rohrer, L. W. Nagel, T. Quarles (original Spice authors) and others, plus the original paper from 1971 and a review paper by D.O. Pederson from 1983.
Features of this text:
Operation and Modeling of the MOS Transistor has become a standard in academia and industry. Extensively revised and updated, the third edition of this highly acclaimed text provides a thorough treatment of the MOS transistor--the key element of modern microelectronic chips. New to this edition: * Energy bands and the energy barrier viewpoint are integrated into the discussion in a smooth, simple manner * Expanded discussion of small-dimension effects, including velocity saturation, drain-induced barrier lowering, ballistic operation, polysilicon depletion, quantum effects, gate tunneling current, and gate-induced drain leakage * Expanded discussion of small-signal modeling, including gate and substrate current modeling and flicker noise * New chapter on substrate nonuniformity and structural effects, discussing transversal and lateral (halo) doping nonuniformity, stress and well proximity effects, and statistical variability * A completely re-written chapter on modeling for circuit simulation, covering the considerations and pitfalls in the development of models for computer-aided design * Extensively updated bibliography * An accompanying website includes additional details not covered in the text, as well as model computer code
Comments by HV: _The_ standard on MOS devices.
Introduction and in depth reading on a SPICE simulator.
This book is the first complete guide to analog circuit design using the circuit simulator software package SPICE OPUS. Developed by the authors and used by academics and industry professionals worldwide, SPICE OPUS is an improved version of the well-known University of California at Berkeley circuit simulator SPICE3 that has been freely available online since 2000. Aimed at novices as well as professional circuit designers, the book is a unique combination of a basic guide to general analog circuit simulation and a SPICE OPUS software manual. All simulations as well as the free simulator software may be directly downloaded from the SPICE OPUS homepage: www.spiceopus.si. The book is divided into three parts: mathematical theory of circuit analysis, a crash course in SPICE OPUS, and a complete SPICE OPUS reference guide. Circuit Simulation with SPICE OPUS is intended for a wide audience of undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in electrical and systems engineering, circuit design, and simulation development. The book may be used as a textbook for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course on circuit simulation as well as a self-study reference guide for students and researchers alike.
Comments by HV: This book is largely compatible to ngspice and is a really good source for beginners as well as people who like to look inside a simulator.
Develop Cutting-Edge Switch-Mode Power Supplies with SPICE Tools.
Switch-Mode Power Supplies is a comprehensive resource on using SPICE as a power conversion design companion. This book uniquely bridges analysis and market reality to teach the development and marketing of state-of-the-art switching converters: Invaluable to both the graduating student and the experienced design engineer, this guide explains how to derive founding equations of the most popular converters...design safe, reliable converters through numerous practical examples...and utilize SPICE simulations to virtually breadboard a convertor on the PC before using the soldering iron.
And a small warning is due (by HV): On the accompanying CD with SPICE example input files several commercial SPICE flavours are supported, unfortunately none is compatible to ngspice. Therefore I have started preparing input files usable with ngspice. Please use ngspice input files for downloading. Files for chapter 1 are now available. More chapters to follow!