This entertaining and readable book provides a solid, comprehensive introduction to contemporary electronics. It's not a "how-to-do" electronics book, but rather an in-depth explanation of how today's integrated circuits work, how they are designed and manufactured, and how they are put together into powerful and sophisticated electronic systems. In addition to the technical details, it's packed with practical information of interest and use to engineers and support personnel in the electronics industry. It even tells how to pronounce the alphabet soup of acronyms that runs rampant in the industry.
- Written in conversational, fun style that has generated a strong following for the author and sales of over 14,000 copies for the first two editions
- The Third Edition is even bigger and better, with lots of new material, illustrations, and an expanded glossary
- Ideal for training incoming engineers and technicians, and for people in marketing or other related fields or anyone else who needs to familiarize themselves with electronics terms and technology
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About the Author
Clive "Max" Maxfield received a BS in Control Engineering from Sheffield Polytechnic, England in 1980. He began his career as a mainframe CPU designer for International Computers Limited (ICL) in Manchester, England. Max now finds himself a member of the technical staff (MTS) at Intergraph Electronics, Huntsville, Alabama. Max is the author of dozens of articles and papers appearing in magazines and at technical conferences around the world. Max's main area of interest are currently focused in the analog, digital, and mixed-signal simulation of integrated circuits and multichip modules.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Fundamentals 1. Analog versus Digital 2. Atoms, Molecules, and Crystals 3. Conductors, Insulators, and Other Stuff 4. Semiconductors (Diodes and Transistors) 5. Primitive Logic Functions 6. Using Transistors to Build Logic Gates 7. Alternative Numbering Systems 8. Binary Arithmetic 9. Boolean Algebra 10. Karnaugh Maps 11. Slightly More Complex Functions 12. State Machines 13. Analog-to-Digital and Vice Versa
Section 2: Components and Processes 14. Integrated Circuits (ICs) 15. Memory ICs 16. Programmable ICs 17. Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) 18. Circuit Boards 19. Hybrids 20. System-in-Package (Sip) and Friends 21. Alternative and Future Technologies Section 3: Design Tools and Stuff 22. General Concepts 23. Design and Verification Tools
Appendix A. Assertion-Level Logic B. Positive Logic versus Negative Logic C. Reed-Müller Logic D. Gray Codes E. Linear Feedback Shift Registers (LFSRs) F. Pass-Transistor Logic G. More on Semiconductors H. Rounding Algorithms 101 I. Pass-Transistor Logic J. An Interesting Conundrum
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think that this books is poorly and confusingly written. It purports to explain the basic workings of computers but much of the book is devoted to extraneous information regarding different types of chips and chip manufacturing. A much better book on basic computer function in my opinion is "Code" by Petzold.
Who says that British are stuffy? Look how happy and comical they are: Monty Python, Benny Hill, Douglas Adams and best of all Clive Maxfield (AKA Max the Magnificent). So grab a copy of this book, set your infinite improbability drive on maximum and enjoy reading about electronics and other interesting facts. Honestly, I didn't know that Greenland Eskimos had a base 20 counting system, using their toes in addition to their fingers. I would have thought they would be more likely to have a base 4 system being all bundled up in mittens to stay warm. Max writes with a British accent but he still spells everything correctly (color instead of their colour etc.). That's part of the charm, you can learn whilst being entertained (did you see how I slipped that in there?). So why do you want this book? Well, I wish I could have gotten it when I was in college instead of spending hundreds of dollars each semester on books. This one book could easily replace most of my EE texts since the coverage is so broad, in fact there are many useful subjects that were never covered in my courses like board layout and future technologies. It contains everything you NEED in an easy to understand format instead of superfluous Ph.D. technobabble. It even contains the kitchen sink, well, almost; one of the many Appendixes has his recipe for a spicy Seafood Gumbo. There is also a detailed Glossary. You say you're done with college and you know all this material. Maybe, but a refresher is always good and I'm sure everyone will learn something from this volume. For instance, although the color gray can also be spelled grey and be correct, counters are definitively Gray after the inventor. Plus, now you don't have to have a shelf of all your old text books, get rid of them and replace them with this one book so you have more room for others on your shelf. Or better yet, give it to a loved one to read so their eyes won't gloss over with a reply of "Yes, dear." or "Isn't that nice." when you start to talk to them about work. In fact, it would make a good follow on to "There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings". Many of you may be familiar with Max's style from his magazine articles and blogs. If you enjoy his amusing and wide ranging tangents then you'll be right at home with this book. You may even learn about him and from whence he came (there you go, another British word).