Ngspice Documentation

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!

Circuit Simulation
Author:
Farid N. Najm
Publisher:
Wiley, IEEE, Hoboken, New Jersey
Date:
2010
ISBN:
978-0-470-53871-5

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.

BSIM4 and MOSFET Modeling for IC Simulation
Author:
Weidong Liu, Chenming Hu
Publisher:
World Scientific, Singapopre
Date:
2011
ISBN:
978-981-256-863-2

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.

Cover text.

40th Anniversary of Spice, an IEEE milestone
Author:
various
Publisher:
IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine
Date:
Spring 2011, Vol. 3, no. 2

Features:

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.

Operation and Modeling of the MOS Transistor
Author:
Yannis Tsividis, Colin McAndrew
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Date:
Third edition, 2011
ISBN:
978-0-19-517015-3

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

Editorial review.

Comments by HV: _The_ standard on MOS devices.

Circuit Simulation with SPICE OPUS: Theory and Practice
Author:
Tadej Tuma, Árpád Burmen
Publisher:
Birkhäuser
Date:
June 1st, 2009
ISBN:
0817648666

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.

Editorial review.

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.

Switched-Mode Power Supplies
Author:
Christophe P. Basso
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional
Date:
Feb. 01, 2008
ISBN:
0071508589

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.

Editorial review

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!

The Designer's Guide to SPICE and Spectre®
Author:
Ken Kundert
Publisher:
Springer Verlag
Date:
May 31, 1995
ISBN:
0792395719
The Designer's Guide to SPICE and Spectre® is an in-depth guide to circuit simulators from a designer's perspective: the pitfalls of circuit simulation, such as convergence and accuracy problems, are explained in terms a circuit designer is comfortable with. The book gives designers insight into why these problems occur and how to avoid them. It also provides practical advice on how to make many difficult measurements with a circuit simulator, such as loop gain of an op-amp or distortion measurements of such clocked circuits as d-to-a converters and sample-and-hold circuits. Finally, suggestions are given about how to handle difficult classes of circuits, such as oscillators, charge-storage or very large circuits. After reading The Designer's Guide to SPICE and Spectre®, you will spend less time fighting your simulator and more time exploring, understanding and designing your circuits. Audience: Written for practising analog and mixed-signal circuit designers who are already familiar with the basics of operating SPICE. Useful for anyone who uses a circuit simulator, no matter which, since the focus is on the fundamental characteristics and behavior of circuit simulators in general.

Editorial review.

The SPICE Book
Author:
Andrei Vladimirescu
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Date:
December, 1993
ISBN:
0471609269
Extremely easy-to-follow due to its natural progression tutorial approach on how to advance from the solution of typical electrical and electronic circuit examples by hand, followed by a SPICE verification through the discussion of simulation results. The first part contains relevant data about SPICE in order to analyze both linear passive and electronic circuits. The latter half provides more detail on such topics as distortion models and analysis, basic algorithms in SPICE, analysis option parameters and how to direct SPICE to find a solution when it fails.

Editorial review.