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5 Best EMC Books to read in 2023 (Recommended by EMC Experts)

The EMC world has grown quite fast in the past few years. Technology and standards are continuously evolving and becoming more complex to fit our needs better. To keep up with the latest trends, it's essential to stay educated on all things EMC related by reading books, attending conferences, or taking classes that offer certifications in this field.

In this article, the Mitai team will share with you some of their must-read EMC books that helped our EMC engineers to grow into an expert in the EMC industry while also keeping up with new regulations such as FCC CFR 47 Part 15B Class A requirements for RF emissions below 10MHz. The radiated and conducted EMI test procedures are defined in the ANSI Standard C63.4.

Reading the right books can help you become a better engineer, designer, and overall EMC wizard in your team.πŸ§™

#1 Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering by Henry W. Ott

Complemented with over 250 problems with answers, it remains one of the most  important reads for professionals/engineers interested in the EMC field.

If you want to learn about EMC in-depth, the book Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering by Henry W. Ott will be the best choice for you. The author of this book has done an excellent job of explaining complex subjects without complicating them and making them easy to understand. The book covers everything about electromagnetic compatibility starting from basic principles through circuit design techniques, electromagnetic transients, shielding etc., which makes it a comprehensive source for learning about EMC.

"Henry Ott has literally 'written the book' on the subject of EMC. . . . He not only knows the subject but has the rare ability to communicate that knowledge to others."--EE Times

  • Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Wiley; 1. edition (11 Sept. 2009)
  • Language ‏ : β€Ž English
  • Total Pages ‏ : β€Ž 880 pages

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While maintaining and updating the core information--such as cabling, grounding, filtering, shielding, digital circuit grounding and layout, and ESD--that made the previous book such a wide success, this new book includes additional coverage of:

  • Equipment/systems grounding

  • Switching power supplies and variable-speed motor drives

  • Digital circuit power distribution and decoupling

  • PCB layout and stack-up

  • Mixed-signal PCB layout

  • RF and transient immunity

  • Power line disturbances.

  • Pre-compliance EMC measurements

  • New appendices on dipole antennae, the theory of partial inductance, and the ten most common EMC problems.

The reader will also find different examples of circuit simulations and practical designs that can be used for implementing their circuits and systems or even developing new products with good EMC properties.

This book is helpful for engineers and researchers who are interested in developing new products with good EMC characteristics. They can use this book as an excellent resource material since it has all the necessary information on how to implement these features into existing products or even develop new ones based on current practices at companies such as Boeing Co., Airbus SE NV., Ford Motor Company, and so many others.

#2 EMC for Product Designers
by Tim Williams

EMC is an important part of product design but can be complicated. EMC for Product Designers by Tim Williams is a great resource for beginners to get started with EMC and learn the basics.

This book covers all the fundamentals you need to know, including electromagnetic theory and the basics of EMI/RFI testing. It also has chapters on common problems in products (such as ground loops or power supply noise) so you can avoid them in future designs.

"Tim Williams worked for a variety of companies as an electronic design engineer and has monitored the progress of the EMC Directive and its associated standards since it was first made public, over the last 25 years."

  • Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Newnes, 5th edition (15 Oct. 2016)
  • Language ‏ : β€Ž English
  • Total Pages ‏ : β€Ž 552 pages

EMC for Product Designers by Tim Williams

EMC for Product Designers, Fifth Edition, provides all the key information needed to meet the requirements of the EMC compliance standards. More importantly, it shows how to incorporate EMC principles into the product design process, avoiding cost and performance penalties to meet the needs of specific standards that produce a better overall product. As well as covering the 2016 versions of the EU EMC and Radio Directives, this new edition has been thoroughly updated to be in line with the latest best practices in EMC compliance and product design. 

New chapters added in this book:

  • A chapter on EMC and Functional Safety

  • A chapter on international compliance requirements

  • Design and installation aspects of switch mode power converters, including DC-DC converters and variable speed motor drives

  • New details on CISPR 32

  • Update to new versions of DEF STAN 59-411, DO-160 and MIL-STD 461 with more commentary on implications and requirements of military and aerospace standards, with an added reference to CE Marking for military and problems of Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems.

  • New sections on IC emissions measurements per IEC 61967, and immunity tests per IEC 62132

  • New coverage of FFT/time domain receivers

  • Expanded section on military/aerospace RF and transient immunity

  • The latest practice in PCB layout with more discussion of slots in ground planes

  • Current practice on decoupling

  • Thee latest 2016 mandatory regulations of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and the EMC Directive

#3 Printed Circuit Board Design Techniques for EMC Compliance
by Mark I. Montrose

Printed Circuit Board Design Techniques for EMC Compliance is the perfect book for everyone who wants to learn about PCB design. This book is ideal for designers with knowledge of EMC who are seeking information about the required testing standards for their product."

The author, Mark I. Montrose, has explained all of the techniques in detail so that they are easy to understand and implement by anyone with some experience with circuit boards or electronics.

The key takeaways are:

  • How to determine whether a new design meets EMC requirements before building anything.

  • A list of common sources of RFI problems and ways to fix them.

Mark Montrose specializes in Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) plus Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) as well as system-level design for both domestic and international regulatory requirements and functionality.

  • Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Wiley-IEEE Press; 2. edition (20 Jun. 2000)
  • Language ‏ : β€Ž English
  • Total Pages ‏ : β€Ž 336 pages

Printed Circuit Board Design Techniques for EMC Compliance by Mark I. Montrose

Mitai team's EMC experts recommend this book to anyone who designs circuit boards professionally or as a hobbyistβ€”it doesn’t matter if you work at an electronics company or just want to build your own computer case from scratch (and then fill it with fans).

  • Essential topics discussed include:

  • Introduction to EMC

  • Interconnects and I/O

  • PCB basics

  • Electrostatic discharge protection

  • Bypassing and decoupling

  • Backplanes-Ribbon Cables-Daughter Cards

  • Clock Circuits-Trace Routing-Terminations

  • Miscellaneous design techniques

The simplified approach to PCB design and layout is based on real-life experience, training, and knowledge. Printed Circuit Board Techniques for EMC Compliance.

#4 Grounds for Grounding by Elya B.Joffe and Kai-Sang Lock

Grounding is a critical aspect of EMC. A good knowleldge about grounding is critical for every single person interested in building reliable electronics. Grounds for Grounding is a comprehensive guide to designing electrical and electronic circuits and systems. It combines theory and practical examples to show how a few fundamental principles can be applied to a wide range of situations.

The authors start by introducing the foundational concepts of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), including the often misunderstood concept of a "ground loop." They then delve into the various types of grounding, including safety grounding, grounding for electromagnetic interference control, and case studies related to grounding.

  • Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Wiley-IEEE Press; 1. edition (26 Jan. 2010)
  • Language ‏ : β€Ž English
  • Hardcover ‏ : β€Ž 1088 pages

Grounds for Grounding by Elya B.Joffe and Kai-Sang Lock

The following topics are covered in subsequent chapters:

  • Fundamentals of grounding design,

  • Bonding principles,

  • Grounding for power distribution and lightning protection systems,

  • Grounding in wiring circuits and cable shields,

  • Grounding of EMI terminal protection devices,

  • Grounding on printed circuit boards,

  • Integrated facility and platform grounding systems.

The book includes practical case studies to help readers understand the concepts and each chapter concludes with a bibliography. Grounds for Grounding is an essential resource for electrical and electronic engineers who design circuits, systems, and facilities.


#5 Signal and Power Integrity by Eric Bogatin

The last one we saved for the best, this best-selling book focuses on the fields of signal and power integrity. Both topics are usually mixed and Mr. Bogatin gives clear explanations about the fundamentals of both areas.

Eric Bogatin is a Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on signal integrity and system design. In 2011, his company, Bogatin Enterprises, which he founded with his wife, Susan in 1990, was acquired by Teledyne LeCroy. After concluding his live public classes in 2013, he devoted his efforts into creating the Signal Integrity Academy, a web portal to provide all of his classes and training content online, for individuals and for companies.

  • Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Prentice Hall; third edition (2018)
  • Language ‏ : β€Ž English
  • Hardcover ‏ : β€Ž 992 pages

Signal and Power Integrity by Eric Bogatin

The book starts by introducing concepts such as time and frequency domains, so explaining the relationship between switching speed and bandwidth. It continues talking about impedance in ideal situations as well as in real ones, considering losses and parasitic components. It ends with S-parameters and their use in signal and power integrity. Each chapter is completed with a set of review questions.

This book covers the following topics:

  • What Signal Integrity and Power Integrity are
  • Impedance and its effects on signal integrity
  • Transmission lines: reflections, skin effect, losses, crosstalk
  • S-parameters and its applications in Signal-Integrity applications
Our EMC experts have been working with EMC for more than 10 years now and have had the opportunity to work with some of the best professionals in the industry.  

In conclusion, as you can see, plenty of EMC books will walk you through the world of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). Since technology and standards are continually evolving in this field it's important to stay educated on all the latest trends.




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