Table of Contents

The Art of Electronics Third Edition covers the full range of subjects normally treated in electronics books, as well as
a rich complement of important but neglected topics. 
Below you will find an outline of the chapters and appendices.
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List of Tables xxii


Preface to the First Edition xxv


Preface to the Second Edition xxvii


Preface to the Third Edition xxix


ONE: Foundations

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Voltage, current and resistance
1.3 Signals
1.4 Capacitors and ac circuits
1.5 Inductors and transformers
1.6 Diodes and diode circuits
1.7 Impedance and reactance
1.8 Putting it all together – an AM radio
1.9 Other passive components
1.10 A parting shot: confusing markings and itty-bitty components

TWO: Bipolar Transistors

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Some basic transistor circuits
2.3 Ebers–Moll model applied to basic transistor circuits
2.4 Some amplifier building blocks
2.5 Negative feedback
2.6 Some typical transistor circuits

THREE: Field-Effect Transistors

3.1 Introduction
3.2 FET linear circuits
3.3 A closer look at JFETs
3.4 FET switches
3.5 Power MOSFETs
3.6 MOSFETs in linear applications

FOUR: Operational Amplifiers

4.1 Introduction to op-amps – the “perfect component”
4.2 Basic op-amp circuits
4.3 An op-amp smorgasbord
4.4 A detailed look at op-amp behavior
4.5 A detailed look at selected op-amp cir- cuits
4.6 Op-amp operation with a single power supply
4.7 Other amplifiers and op-amp types
4.8 Some typical op-amp circuits
4.9 Feedback amplifier frequency compensation

FIVE: Precision Circuits

5.1 Precision op-amp design techniques
5.2 An example: the millivoltmeter, revisited
5.3 The lessons: error budget, unspecified parameters
5.4 Another example: precision amplifier with null offset
5.5 A precision-design error budget
5.6 Component errors
5.7 Amplifier input errors
5.8 Amplifier output errors
5.9 RRIO op-amps: the good, the bad, and the ugly
5.10 Choosing a precision op-amp
5.11 Auto-zeroing (chopper-stabilized) amplifiers
5.12 Designs by the masters: Agilent’s accurate DMMs
5.13 Difference, differential, and instrumentation amplifiers: introduction
5.14 Difference amplifier
5.15 Instrumentation amplifier
5.16 Instrumentation amplifier miscellany
5.17 Fully differential amplifiers

SIX: Filters

6.1 Introduction
6.2 Passive filters
6.3 Active-filter circuits

SEVEN: Oscillators and Timers

7.1 Oscillators
7.2 Timers

EIGHT: Low-Noise Techniques

8.1 “Noise”
8.2 Signal-to-noise ratio and noise figure
8.3 Bipolar transistor amplifier noise
8.4 Finding en from noise-figure specifications
8.5 Low-noise design with bipolar transistors
8.6 Low-noise design with JFETS
8.7 Charting the bipolar–FET shootout
8.8 Noise in differential and feedback amplifiers
8.9 Noise in operational amplifier circuits
8.10 Signal transformers
8.11 Noise in transimpedance amplifiers
8.12 Noise measurements and noise sources
8.13 Bandwidth limiting and rms voltage measurement
8.14 Signal-to-noise improvement by bandwidth narrowing
8.15 Power-supply noise
8.16 Interference, shielding, and grounding

NINE: Voltage Regulation and Power Conversion

9.1 Tutorial: from zener to series-pass linear regulator
9.2 Basic linear regulator circuits with the classic 723
9.3 Fully integrated linear regulators
9.4 Heat and power design
9.5 From ac line to unregulated supply
9.6 Switching regulators and dc–dc converters
9.7 Ac-line-powered (“offline”) switching converters
9.8 A real-world switcher example
9.9 Inverters and switching amplifiers
9.10 Voltage references
9.11 Commercial power-supply modules
9.12 Energy storage: batteries and capacitors
9.13 Additional topics in power regulation

TEN: Digital Logic

10.1 Basic logic concepts
10.2 Digital integrated circuits: CMOS and Bipolar (TTL)
10.3 Combinational logic
10.4 Sequential logic
10.5 Sequential functions available as integrated circuits
10.6 Some typical digital circuits
10.7 Micropower digital design
10.8 Logic pathology

ELEVEN: Programmable Logic Devices

11.1 A brief history
11.2 The hardware
11.3 An example: pseudorandom byte generator
11.4 Advice

TWELVE: Logic Interfacing

12.1 CMOS and TTL logic interfacing
12.2 An aside: probing digital signals
12.3 Comparators
12.4 Driving external digital loads from logic levels
12.5 Optoelectronics: emitters
12.6 Optoelectronics: detectors
12.7 Optocouplers and relays
12.8 Optoelectronics: fiber-optic digital links
12.9 Digital signals and long wires
12.10 Driving Cables

THIRTEEN: Digital meets Analog

13.1 Some preliminaries
13.2 Digital-to-analog converters
13.3 Some DAC application examples
13.4 Converter linearity – a closer look
13.5 Analog-to-digital converters
13.6 ADCs I: Parallel (“flash”) encoder
13.7 ADCs II: Successive approximation
13.8 ADCs III: integrating
13.9 ADCs IV: delta–sigma
13.10 ADCs: choices and tradeoffs
13.11 Some unusual A/D and D/A converters
13.12 Some A/D conversion system examples
13.13 Phase-locked loops
13.14 Pseudorandom bit sequences and noise generation

FOURTEEN: Computers, Controllers, and Data Links

14.1 Computer architecture: CPU and data bus
14.2 A computer instruction set
14.3 Bus signals and interfacing
14.4 Memory types
14.5 Other buses and data links: overview
14.6 Parallel buses and data links
14.7 Serial buses and data links
14.8 Number formats

FIFTEEN: Microcontrollers

15.1 Introduction
15.2 Design example 1: suntan monitor (V)
15.3 Overview of popular microcontroller families
15.4 Design example 2: ac power control
15.5 Design example 3: frequency synthesizer
15.6 Design example 4: thermal controller
15.7 Design example 5: stabilized mechanical platform
15.8 Peripheral ICs for microcontrollers
15.9 Development environment
15.10 Wrapup

APPENDIX A: Math Review

APPENDIX B: How to Draw Schematic Diagrams

APPENDIX C: Resistor Types

APPENDIX D: The ́venin’s Theorem

APPENDIX E: LC Butterworth Filters

APPENDIX F: Load Lines

APPENDIX G: The Curve Tracer

APPENDIX H: Transmission Lines and Impedance Matching

APPENDIX I: Television: A Compact Tutorial


APPENDIX K: “Where Do I Go to Buy Electronic Goodies?”

APPENDIX L: Workbench Instruments and Tools

APPENDIX M: Catalogs, Magazines, Databooks

APPENDIX N: Further Reading and References

APPENDIX O: The Oscilloscope

APPENDIX P: Acronyms and Abbreviations