Bebop to the Boolean Boogie

Bebop to the Boolean Boogie

An Unconventional Guide to Electronics

3rd Edition - December 5, 2008

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  • Author: Clive Maxfield
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781856175074
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080949505

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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.

Key Features

  • 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


Electrical and Electronic engineers, technicians, technical marketing personnel, and anyone wanting an introduction to digital logic/circuits

Table of Contents

  • Section 1: Fundamentals
    1. Analog versus Digital
    2. Atoms, Molecules, and Crystals 
    3. Conductors, Insulators, and Other Stuff
    4. Semiconductors (Diodes and Transistors)
    5. Primitive Logic Functions
    6. Using Transistors to Build Logic Gates
    7. Alternative Numbering Systems
    8. Binary Arithmetic 
    9. Boolean Algebra
    10. Karnaugh Maps
    11. Slightly More Complex Functions
    12. State Machines
    13. Analog-to-Digital and Vice Versa

    Section 2: Components and Processes
    14. Integrated Circuits (ICs)
    15. Memory ICs
    16. Programmable ICs
    17. Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)
    18. Circuit Boards
    19. Hybrids
    20. System-in-Package (Sip) and Friends
    21. Alternative and Future Technologies Section 3: Design Tools and Stuff
    22. General Concepts
    23. Design and Verification Tools

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 568
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2008
  • Published: December 5, 2008
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781856175074
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080949505

About the Author

Clive Maxfield

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Engineer, TechBytes, and Editor of EDA industry consultant, EDN columnist, and Embedded Systems Guru

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