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Electronics Simplified

Electronics Simplified, Third Edition, discusses the aims and methods of electronics, with emphasis on digital electronics and software options. It covers the latest developments in electronics, including Blu-ray, digital TV and radio, HD and 3D TV, robotic systems, radar, cellular phones, GPS, and microcomputers. Organized into 17 chapters, the book introduces the reader to every aspect of electronics from fundamentals to applications, with minimal mathematics required. It provides an overview of electricity, waves, and pulses and how a steady voltage is generated, along with power, alternating voltage, and AC and DC transmission. The information on microcomputers has been greatly expanded, while information on analog fundamentals has been retained. It also discusses passive components such as transformers, resistors and capacitors, inductors, transformers, resonance, and diodes; active components and integrated circuits, particularly what a transistor is and what it does; how traditional radio works; elements of television, including color television; digital television and radio broadcasting; and digital signals and digital recording. Finally, the principles of CD recording are explained, along with the basics of microprocessors, calculators, computers, and computer peripherals. This book is essential reading for hobbyists, technicians, professionals, and students. It is suitable for anyone taking a qualification course in electronics, or for those who want to know more about the digital revolution.


Hobbyists, technicians, low level professionals and students - anyone taking a course or qualification in electronics who wants to understand the principles that they will be applying, but without a project/ design focus.

Paperback, 368 Pages

Published: April 2011

Imprint: Newnes

ISBN: 978-0-08-097063-9


  • 'Ideal for students who are just about to begin a course that involves electronics, for people who are interested in the subject but do not know where to start, or for those who need a straightforward revision of the basics.' Electrotechnology


  • Preface

    Chapter 1 Electricity, Waves, and Pulses

        Fundamental Electricity

        Steady Voltage


        Alternating Voltage

        Alternating Current and Waves


        Electromagnetic Waves



             Actions on Pulses

    Chapter 2 Passive Components



        Charge and Discharge





             Other Diode Types

    Chapter 3 Active Components and Integrated Circuits


             NPN and PNP Transistors

             Field-Effect Transistors


        Integrated Circuits

             Linear Integrated Circuits

             Digital Integrated Circuits

        The Microprocessor

    Chapter 4 Linear Circuits



        Frequency Response

        Broadband Amplifiers

        Tuned Amplifiers

        Power and Root Mean Square Values

        Calculating Power


        Oscillators and Multipliers

    Chapter 5 Block and Circuit Diagrams


        Circuit Diagrams

        Block Diagrams

        Linear Circuit Blocks


        Digital Circuit Blocks

        Other Blocks

    Chapter 6 How Traditional Radio Works

        Radio Waves

        Transmission and Reception



        Radio Block Diagrams

             Early Receivers

             The Superhet

        Stereo Radio

        Internet Radio

    Chapter 7 Disc and Tape Recording

        Early Gramophones

        Electrical Methods

        Hi-Fi and Stereo

        Tape and Cassette

        Cinema Sound

        Home Cinema


             Noise Reduction

        Video and Digital Recording

    Chapter 8 Elements of Television




             The Analog Television Waveform


        Modern Television Displays

             Cathode-Ray Tubes

             Liquid Crystal Display and Plasma Screens

        Analog Television Receiver

        Color Television

             The Three Color Systems

             Color Television Tubes

        Analog Receiver Circuits

    Chapter 9 Digital Signals

        Voltage Levels

        Recording Digitally

        Digital Broadcasting


        Digital Coding

             Analog to Digital

             Digital to Analog

             Serial Transmission

    Chapter 10 Gating and Logic Circuits


             NAND and NOR Gates

             Analyzing Gate Systems

        Arithmetic Circuits

             Adder Circuits


             Multiplication and Division

        Code Changing

    Chapter 11 Counting and Correcting

        Sequential Circuits

        The J-K Flip-Flop

        Counter Uses

             Frequency Meter


             Digital Voltmeter Basics


        Related Chips

             SPLD, CPLD, and FPGA

             ASIC and ASSP


        Memory Chips

        Error Control and Correction

             Using a Check Sum

        Hamming and Other Codes

    Chapter 12 Compact Disc System and Beyond

        Compact Discs

        The Optical System

        Digital Signal Processing


             Error Correction

             Control Bytes

        Production Methods

        The End Result


        Computer Optical Drives

        Digital Compression


             MPEG Layers

        MP3 Audio

    Chapter 13 Microprocessors, Calculators, and Computers

        The Microprocessor

        Microprocessor Cycle


             Dynamic RAM


        PC Register and Addressing


        Inputs and Outputs




    Chapter 14 Computers and Peripherals




             Monitor or Visual Display Unit

             Graphics Card

             Sound Card



    Chapter 15 Computer Construction and Software

        Computer Types

             Laptops and Netbooks

        Operating Systems

             The PC Machine


             Windows CE

             Apple Mac


        Setting Up

        Installing Applications


             Other Software


    Chapter 16 Digital Television and Radio


        Television Coding

        Broadcasting Systems




        Digital Television Receivers


        Digital Radio


             Satellite Digital Radio

    Chapter 17 Miscellaneous Systems


             Doppler Radar

        The Oscilloscope

             Digital Oscilloscopes and Logic Analyzers



        Cellular Phones

        Cordless Phones



        Remote Controls

        Security Equipment


    Appendix A Further Reading

    Appendix B Color Codes for Resistors

    Appendix C ASCII Codes



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