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  • Back to book  |  Preface  |  Table of contents  |  MicroCap 7  |  Innovations  |  Errata

    Electronic Design, Fourth Edition is written for use in the core electronics courses in undergraduate programs in electrical engineering. The book provides coverage of three areas: discrete devices, linear integrated circuits, and digital integrated circuits. A practicing engineer looking for a current reference for self-study will also find this book valuable. The only prerequisite for understanding the material in this text is a basic knowledge of circuit analysis.

    Why This Book?

    With many books in the field of analog and digital electronics to choose from, you may wonder why we have written yet another book on the subject. Our principal goal in writing this text is to relieve our frustrations. We had attempted to teach electronics to undergraduates using traditional texts. These other texts look at the field from a theoretical point of view, emphasizing analysis and the physics of semiconductors, but paying little attention to the important and exciting design applications. Dealing only with fundamentals detracts from the excitement of the subject, and, indeed, the student may never develop the design skills required for a career position in electronics. While our book covers the fundamentals in a thorough and direct fashion, it goes one step further toward a balanced approach to designing electronic systems. The requirements of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the industry demand that this type of approach be taken.

    It is our hope that this book will inspire the imaginations of tomorrow's engineers. These professionals will be called upon to design, not just to analyze, electronic systems.

    Features of This Text

    As this text enters its fourth edition, we have maintained many positive features of the previous editions will enhancing important areas. These include:

    Heavy emphasis on design.

    Numerous design Examples that provide a real-world flavor. These are taken from the years of engineering experience of the authors.

    A readable writing style that results from class teaching and student evaluation of the earlier editions.

    A proper balance among the three areas of the text.

    Extensive use of Exercises. Unlike the examples, these exercises contain only the answers (not solutions). They allow students to reinforce the concepts.

    Both the analog and digital portions of the text have been thoroughly updated. Data sheets are taken from current references.

    Each chapter begins with a list of objectives and ends with a summary.

    Computer simulations using PSPICE have been added to many sections of the text. Extensive discussion of computer models is included.

    Many of the design approaches taught in the book have been enhanced to help the student understand the reasons leading to various design decisions. Although design problems are under-specified (i.e., fewer equations than number of unknowns), the student must not get the impression that any decisions are arbitrary.

    Any hints of the dreaded "cook book approach" have been removed from design discussions.

    MOSFET coverage has been expanded.

    All diagrams in the text have been redrawn for improved clarity.

    Uniqueness of the System Design Approach

    Contacts with practicing engineers and engineering recruiters have encouraged us to place significant emphasis on design of electronic systems. The new engineer will be asked to design systems using an ever-increasing inventory of new linear and digital ICs, discrete components, and electromechanical devices. Thus, we attempt to teach engineering students to think as system designers, rather than to mimic just a few design approaches. Our goal is to "educate" rather than to "train."

    Elementary design procedures are introduced early in the text to motivate the student. It is our experience that electronic design is best comprehended through a "learn by doing" approach. Thus, topics such as small-signal analysis have been presented immediately following dc analysis to allow for presentation of some early meaningful and realistic design problems.


    The book includes appendices covering:

    Standard Component Values

    Manufacturers' Data Sheets for selected devices

    Answers to Selected Problems

    Micro-Cap 7, Student Edition

    Included with this text is a CD with the most recent version of the very popular electronic circuit analysis program, Micro-Cap. This program, from Spectrum Software, adapts a SPICE engine to a user-friendly input and output format. A brief manual is included on the CD.

    Accuracy of the Book

    Nobody likes errors! As authors, we have nightmares about them. Every effort has been made to write and publish an accurate book. Many reviewers have picked through the earlier editions of the text, and users of the first three editions were often vocal in pointing out typographical errors. This new edition evolved out of extensive use in the classroom environment. It has been thoroughly checked and class-tested with students.

    Instructional Adjuncts

    The following materials are available to instructors:

    An Instructor's Manual containing complete solutions to all the exercises and end-of-chapter problems in the book. The manual includes design case studies.

    Problem sets on computer disk.

    Overhead projector Transparency Masters of the important figures in the text

    A Laboratory Manual is available separately from the publishers. It is keyed to sections of the book.

    Guide for Classroom Use

    The material in this book can be presented in a series of two or three one-semester courses or three one-quarter courses in the junior and/or senior years.

    Earlier versions of this book have been successfully used in both individual courses (e.g., analog electronics or digital electronics), and comprehensive sequences of courses. Examples of some approaches are given in the following table:

    One quarter course in basic electronics

    Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6

    One semester course in basic electronics

    Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

    Two-quarter sequence in basic electronics

    Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12

    Two-semester sequence in basic electronics

    Chapters 1 through 12

    One quarter or one semester course in digital electronics

    Chapters 14, 15 and 16


    We express our appreciation to the students in the various electronic design classes the authors have taught while using the earlier versions of this text. Sincere thanks are extended to our colleagues, Professor Hassan Babaie, Lou Balin, Roy Barnett, Fred Daneshgaran, Ed Evans, Mike Hassul, Ken James, George Killinger, and Sid Soclof for their comments and assistance with various portions of the manuscript.

    A very special acknowledgment to the late Dr. C. J. Savant, Jr. Sixteen years ago, Dr. Savant had a dream of authoring a core electronics book that "broke the mold" and prepared graduates for the real world in a way no other books were doing. We are pleased that he lived to see his dream fulfilled with a text whose first two editions were used and enjoyed by students at well over 100 major universities in the United States. His influence stretched around the world with the many translations of those texts. This book would not have been possible without the pioneering vision of this outstanding professor and unique human being.

    Every book is the result of a number of iterations and revisions based on classroom experience and the expert advice of reviewers. We were fortunate to have fifty seven readers review all or part of the manuscripts for the first, second and third and fourth editions. We hereby thank the following reviewers, and the many others who are not mentioned by name, for their efforts:

    H. Jack Allison, Oklahoma State University

    Kay D. Baker, Utah State University

    W. L. Beasley, Texas A&M University

    Robert L. Bernick, Cal Poly Pomona

    Raymond Black, New Mexico State University

    T. V. Blalock, University of Tennessee

    Frank Brands, Washington State University

    John Churchill, UC Davis

    R. G. Deshmuckh, Florida Institute of Technology

    Mahmoud El Nokali, University of Pittsburgh

    E. L. Gerber, Drexel University

    Ward Helms University of Washington

    George W. Hoyle, Northern Arizona University

    Alfred T. Johnson, Jr., Widener University

    B. Lalevic, Rutgers University

    Hung Chang Lin, University of Maryland

    John Lowell, Texas Tech University

    Edward W. Maby, Rensselaer Polytechnic

    Eugene Manus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Donald C. Moore, South Dakota State University

    Richard Morris, University of Portland

    David A. Navon, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Harry Neinhaus, University of South Florida

    Charles Nelson, California State University, Sacramento

    David Perlman, Rochester Institute of Technology

    William Sayle, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Bernhard Schmidt, University of Dayton

    Deborah Sharer, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    Barry Sherlock, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    Paul Van Halen, Portland State University

    Darrell L. Vines, Texas Tech University

    J. L Yeh, Rutgers University

    Carl R. Zimmer, Arizona State University

    Reza Zoughi, Colorado State University

    We also acknowledge Dr. Bradley Clymer of The Ohio State University, who participated in many discussions regarding the philosophy of the third edition and made numerous valuable suggestions.

    We truly hope that all of the people who contributed to this book and had a hand in its development are as pleased with the finished product as we are.

    Gordon L. Carpenter 

    Martin S. Roden 

    William R. Wieserman 

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