Bebop to the Boolean Boogie: An Unconventional Guide to Electronics / Edition 3

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Overview

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.
CONTENTS:
Section 1: Fundamentals
Chapter 1 Analog versus Digital
Chapter 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Crystals
Chapter 3 Conductors, Insulators, and Other Stuff
Chapter 4 Semiconductors (Diodes and Transistors)
Chapter 5 Primitive Logic Functions
Chapter 6 Using Transistors to Build Logic Gates
Chapter 7 Alternative Numbering Systems
Chapter 8 Binary Arithmetic
Chapter 9 Boolean Algebra
Chapter 10 Karnaugh Maps
Chapter 11 Slightly More Complex Functions
Chapter 12 State Machines
Chapter 13 Analog-to-Digital and Vice Versa
Section 2: Components and Processes
Chapter 14 Integrated Circuits (ICs)
Chapter 15 Memory ICs
Chapter 16 Programmable ICs
Chapter 17 Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)
Chapter 18 Circuit Boards
Chapter 19 Hybrids
Chapter 20 System-in-Package (Sip) and Friends
Chapter 21 Alternative and Future Technologies Section 3: Design Tools and Stuff
Chapter 22 General Concepts
Chapter 23 Design and Verification Tools

Appendix A Assertion-Level Logic
Appendix B Positive Logic versus Negative Logic
Appendix C Reed-Müller Logic
Appendix D Gray Codes
Appendix E Linear Feedback Shift Registers (LFSRs)
Appendix F Pass-Transistor Logic
Appendix G More on Semiconductors
Appendix H Rounding Algorithms 101
Appendix I Pass-Transistor Logic
Appendix J An Interesting Conundrum
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Glossary
Index

*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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Every so often a technical book comes along that sets a standard for others to follow; two previous books that come immediately to mind are Foundations of Wireless and Electronics by M.G. Scroggie and The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill, both of which have run to a number of editions (Scroggie was first published in 1936!). We believe two more technical books are about to line up alongside the all-time greats and both of these are Bebop books. We are sure you will discover that the article Alternative and Future Technologies is informative and easy to read. Maxs style helps things along tremendously and you will find you have absorbed masses of technical information almost without conscious effort.
Everyday Practical Electronics

Maxfield literally takes the digital bull by the horns. We are treated to explanations of Boolean algebra, transistor switches, an introduction to logic and memory circuits--even customer-designed (application specific) integrated circuits-delivered in a lively style with well-thought-out illustrations and indexes. For those of use who love electronics--love finding out how things work--Bebop to the Boolean Boogie is a must-have reference.
Stephan Ohr, contributing editor to Computer Design

This is a dangerous book. . . . Not only do you stand a chance of learning something from it, but ten years from now you will still remember it!
Pete Waddell, editor, Printed Circuit Design

When you turn on everyday electronic appliances and computers, theres an electron dance that goes on inside. Maxs book can help you hear and understand the music and learn the steps. Read this book and youll have a greater appreciation of how things work (or, how they should work), and you may even pick up some Karnaugh knowledge along the way!
Brian Moran, Manager of Technical Evangelism, Microsoft

Lives up to its title as a useful and entertaining technical guide . . . well suited for students, technical writers, technicians, and sales and marketing people.
Electronic Design

If you want to be reminded of the joy of electronics, take a look at Clive (Max) Maxfields book Bebop to the Boolean Boogie.
Computer Design

Writing a book like this one requires audacity! . . . Maxfield writes lucidly on a variety of complex topics without writing down to his audience.
EDN
Bebop covers all the basics, from the history of number systems (much more interesting than the tiresome number system discussions found in all elementary texts), to basic logic design, PALs, and even PC-board issues. EDN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856175074
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/19/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 654,147
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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.
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Table of Contents

Section 1: Fundamentals
Chapter 1 Analog versus Digital
Chapter 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Crystals
Chapter 3 Conductors, Insulators, and Other Stuff
Chapter 4 Semiconductors (Diodes and Transistors)
Chapter 5 Primitive Logic Functions
Chapter 6 Using Transistors to Build Logic Gates
Chapter 7 Alternative Numbering Systems
Chapter 8 Binary Arithmetic
Chapter 9 Boolean Algebra
Chapter 10 Karnaugh Maps
Chapter 11 Slightly More Complex Functions
Chapter 12 State Machines
Chapter 13 Analog-to-Digital and Vice Versa
Section 2: Components and Processes
Chapter 14 Integrated Circuits (ICs)
Chapter 15 Memory ICs
Chapter 16 Programmable ICs
Chapter 17 Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)
Chapter 18 Circuit Boards
Chapter 19 Hybrids
Chapter 20 System-in-Package (Sip) and Friends
Chapter 21 Alternative and Future Technologies Section 3: Design Tools and Stuff
Chapter 22 General Concepts
Chapter 23 Design and Verification Tools

Appendix A Assertion-Level Logic
Appendix B Positive Logic versus Negative Logic
Appendix C Reed-Müller Logic
Appendix D Gray Codes
Appendix E Linear Feedback Shift Registers (LFSRs)
Appendix F Pass-Transistor Logic
Appendix G More on Semiconductors
Appendix H Rounding Algorithms 101
Appendix I Pass-Transistor Logic
Appendix J An Interesting Conundrum
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Glossary
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    So long and thanks for all the fish

    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).

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