Robust Electronic Design Reference Book
Volumes I and II

This web site is being maintained by John R. Barnes, who was the President and Chief Engineer of dBi Corporation from 2002 to September 30, 2013, when we closed because ObamaCrap made it too expensive for us to remain in business.

ISBN 1-4020-7739-4, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004, $430.00 (US)

John R. Barnes KS4GL, PE, NCE, NCT, ESDC Eng, ESDC Tech, PSE, Master EMC Design Engineer, SM IEEE
December 19, 2010

To read a sample chapter, please go to Chapter 17. To date readers and I have found 16 errors in the two volumes. These errors, and corrections to them, are available at

My first book, Electronic System Design: Interference and Noise Control Techniques, focused on designing electronics to meet design specifications. It was published in English (Prentice-Hall, 1987, ISBN 0-13-252123-7) and Russian (Mir Publishers, 1990, ISBN 5-03-001369-5).

With 15 chapters, 9 appendices, 16 tables, and 120 figures in 234 pages, Electronic System Design had approximately:

My second and third books, Robust Electronic Design Reference Book, Volumes I and II, which were released by Kluwer Academic Publishers on March 24, 2004, are much more ambitious. I have tried to cover every aspect of successfully developing electronic products and equipment, starting from a fuzzy idea or need, and with a minimum of time/ money/ wasted effort/ angst getting to: These books assume that you know enough electronics to design circuits and make them work (at least somewhat and sometimes) in your own lab. If you are studying electronics in college, these books probably won't help you much until at least your senior year. But from that point on in your studies and career, these books will take you from how how electronic components and circuits are supposed to work to how they actually do work--and help you develop a deep understanding of electronics so that your designs will meet all of their requirements through:

Following the guidelines and applying the information provided in these books, you can ensure that your designs:

  1. Work.
  2. Are safe and reliable.
  3. Can be manufactured, tested, repaired, and serviced economically.
  4. May be marketed and used worldwide.
  5. Can be easily adapted/ enhanced to meet new and changing market requirements.

With 46 chapters, 21 appendices, 194 tables, and 663 figures in 1,736 pages, Robust Electronic Design Reference Book, Volumes I and II have approximately:

Robust Electronic Design Reference Book, Volume I covers: Robust Electronic Design Reference Book, Volume II covers: Kluwer merged with Springer in July 2004. For further information on Robust Electronic Design Reference Book, Volumes I and II (ISBN 1-4020-7739-4), please also see: To buy copies directly from the publisher, you can: Richard Georgerian and Gary Steinkogler E-mailed me that the a number of online book sellers are also selling Robust Electronic Design Reference Book, Volumes I and II (ISBN 1-4020-7739-4), many of them at a discount from the list price of $430.00 per set. As of December 19, 2010 these included: If you see my book offered at a price that looks too good to be true, please check the ISBN. The set of Volumes I and II is ISBN 1-4020-7739-4. Volume I alone is ISBN 1-4020-7737-8. Volume II alone is ISBN 1-4020-7738-6. We broke the book into two volumes because some of the people who browsed through the manuscript at the IEEE EMC Symposium in Boston in 2003 said that they weren't electronic engineers, but they could really use the information in the appendices. By offering the appendices as a second book, Alex Greene (my Editor) felt that we could increase the market for the book(s), and I agreed. I included the Acronyms and Common/Trade Names, Conversion Factors, Glossary, Schematic Symbols, and Definitions of Units and Symbols sections in Volume I, even though they were already in the Appendices, so that Volume I would be self-contained. But if you are doing electronics design, I believe that you will use both volumes.

If you run across other sources, please E-mail me the URL at so that we can share this information with other prospective users/ buyers of the books. Thanks!

If you run into an error in either book, please check to see if I have posted a correction. If I haven't, please E-mail me at with:

dBi Corporation was a one-man test house (testing laboratory) based in Lexington, Kentucky, testing a wide variety of commercial electronic products for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), electromagnetic interference (EMI), and electrostatic discharge (ESD) under its ISO 17025 accreditation. dBi was founded in Winchester, Kentucky in 1995 by Donald R. Bush, shortly after he retired from 30 years service with IBM Lexington's/ Lexmark's EMC Lab. John R. Barnes, who'd worked with Don at IBM Lexington and Lexmark, bought dBi in 2002 after Don's death, and moved the company to Lexington, Kentucky. John closed dBi at 11:59pm EDT on September 30, 2013, because ObamaCrap had increased operating expenses to the point that we could no longer afford to remain in business.

We'd like to thank all of the clients who chose dBi to test their products from 1995 to 2013. Below is a brief summary of our accomplishments during the 18 years we were in business.

From 1995 to 2001, under Don Bush's ownership and operation, dBi:

From 2002 to 2013, under John Barnes' ownership and operation, dBi:

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