Electronics Simplified

By

  • Ian Sinclair, Long-standing technical author, UK

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.
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Audience

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.

 

Book information

  • Published: April 2011
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-097063-9

Reviews

'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



Table of Contents


Preface

Chapter 1 Electricity, Waves, and Pulses

    Fundamental Electricity

    Steady Voltage

    Power

    Alternating Voltage

    Alternating Current and Waves

    Electronics

    Electromagnetic Waves

    Waveforms

    Pulses

         Actions on Pulses

Chapter 2 Passive Components

    Resistors

    Capacitors

    Charge and Discharge

    Inductors

    Transformers

    Resonance

    Diodes

         Other Diode Types

Chapter 3 Active Components and Integrated Circuits

    Transistors

         NPN and PNP Transistors

         Field-Effect Transistors

         Switching

    Integrated Circuits

         Linear Integrated Circuits

         Digital Integrated Circuits

    The Microprocessor

Chapter 4 Linear Circuits

    Linearity

    Gain

    Frequency Response

    Broadband Amplifiers

    Tuned Amplifiers

    Power and Root Mean Square Values

    Calculating Power

    Feedback

    Oscillators and Multipliers

Chapter 5 Block and Circuit Diagrams

    Diagrams

    Circuit Diagrams

    Block Diagrams

    Linear Circuit Blocks

    Filtering

    Digital Circuit Blocks

    Other Blocks

Chapter 6 How Traditional Radio Works

    Radio Waves

    Transmission and Reception

    Modulation

    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

         Noise Reduction

    Video and Digital Recording

Chapter 8 Elements of Television

    Television

    Scanning

         Synchronization

         The Analog Television Waveform

    Transmission

    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

    Conversions

    Digital Coding

         Analog to Digital

         Digital to Analog

         Serial Transmission

Chapter 10 Gating and Logic Circuits

    Gates

         NAND and NOR Gates

         Analyzing Gate Systems

    Arithmetic Circuits

         Adder Circuits

         Subtraction

         Multiplication and Division

    Code Changing

Chapter 11 Counting and Correcting

    Sequential Circuits

    The J-K Flip-Flop

    Counter Uses

         Frequency Meter

         Counter/Timer

         Digital Voltmeter Basics

    Registers

    Related Chips

         SPLD, CPLD, and FPGA

         ASIC and ASSP

         SoC

    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

         EFM

         Error Correction

         Control Bytes

    Production Methods

    The End Result

    Performance

    Computer Optical Drives

    Digital Compression

    MPEG

         MPEG Layers

    MP3 Audio

Chapter 13 Microprocessors, Calculators, and Computers

    The Microprocessor

    Microprocessor Cycle

    Memory

         Dynamic RAM

    Buses

    PC Register and Addressing

    Interrupts

    Inputs and Outputs

    Ports

    USB

    Calculators

Chapter 14 Computers and Peripherals

    Computers

    Peripherals

         Modem

         Monitor or Visual Display Unit

         Graphics Card

         Sound Card

         Printer

         Scanner

Chapter 15 Computer Construction and Software

    Computer Types

         Laptops and Netbooks

    Operating Systems

         The PC Machine

         Windows

         Windows CE

         Apple Mac

         Linux

    Setting Up

    Installing Applications

         Drivers

         Other Software

         Skype

Chapter 16 Digital Television and Radio

    Compression

    Television Coding

    Broadcasting Systems

         Cable

         Satellite

         Terrestrial

    Digital Television Receivers

    DVD

    Digital Radio

         IBOC

         Satellite Digital Radio

Chapter 17 Miscellaneous Systems

    Radar

         Doppler Radar

    The Oscilloscope

         Digital Oscilloscopes and Logic Analyzers

    NICAM

    Camcorders

    Cellular Phones

    Cordless Phones

    Bluetooth

    GPS

    Remote Controls

    Security Equipment

    Robotics

Appendix A Further Reading

Appendix B Color Codes for Resistors

Appendix C ASCII Codes

Index