Bebop to the Boolean Boogie

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What you will discover:

the difference between the analog and digital worlds
what logic gates are and how to make them from transistors
where numbers come from and why the Babylonian's counting systems gave them so many problems when it rained
what integrated circuits, circuit boards, hybrids, and multichip modules are, how they are made, and what they're used for
how to survive the experience of assertion-level logic, positive logic, negative logic, and pass-transistor logic
where computers came from and what Charles Babbage and his lady friend did in their spare time
superconductors, diamond substrates, optical interconnection technologies, virtual hardware and much, much more!

-the difference between the analog and digital worlds-what logic gates are and how to make them from transistors-where numbers come from and why the Babylonian's counting systems gave them so many problems when it rained
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Editorial Reviews

Despite a light-hearted title and an off-beat attitude throughout, this is a technical book, arranged in two sections, the first on fundamental electronics concepts and the second on components and processes. Coverage includes the difference between the analog and digital worlds; primitive logic functions; alternative numbering systems; Boolean algebra; Karnaugh maps; integrated circuits; circuit boards; hybrids; multichip modules; and alternative and future technologies. Includes numerous appendices. No references. Published by HighText Publications, PO Box 1489, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878707222
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Analog versus Digital 1
Ch. 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Crystals 5
Ch. 3 Conductors and Insulators; Voltage, Current, Resistance, Capacitance, and Inductance 11
Ch. 4 Semiconductors: Diodes and Transistors 23
Ch. 5 Primitive Logic Functions 31
Ch. 6 Using Transistors to Build Primitive Logic Functions 39
Ch. 7 Alternative Numbering Systems 47
Ch. 8 Binary Arithmetic 63
Ch. 9 Boolean Algebra 75
Ch. 10 Karnaugh Maps 93
Ch. 11 Using Primitive Logic Functions to Build More Complex Functions 101
Ch. 12 State Diagrams, State Tables, and State Machines 125
Ch. 13 Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog 135
Ch. 14 Integrated Circuits (ICs) 139
Ch. 15 Memory ICs 153
Ch. 16 Programmable ICs 165
Ch. 17 Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) 183
Ch. 18 Circuit Boards (PWBs and DWBs) 193
Ch. 19 Hybrids 229
Ch. 20 Multichip Modules (MCMs) 245
Ch. 21 Alternative and Future Technologies 261
Appendix A Assertion-Level Logic 307
Appendix B Positive Logic versus Negative Logic 311
Appendix C Reed-Muller Logic 319
Appendix D Gray Codes 325
Appendix E A Reed-Muller Extraction Utility 331
Appendix F Linear Feedback Shift Registers (LFSRs) 351
Appendix G Pass-Transistor Logic 369
Appendix H No-Holds-Barred Seafood Gumbo 373
Abbreviations and Acronyms 377
Glossary 381
Dramatis Personae 415
Index 417
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