Practical Electronics Handbook - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780750680714, 9780080469515

Practical Electronics Handbook

6th Edition

Authors: Ian Sinclair
Paperback ISBN: 9780750680714
eBook ISBN: 9780080469515
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 11th January 2007
Page Count: 480
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Ian Sinclair's Practical Electronics Handbook combines a wealth useful day-to-day electronics information, concise explanations and practical guidance in this essential companion to anyone involved in electronics design and construction. The compact collection of key data, fundamental principles and circuit design basics provides an ideal reference for a wide range of students, enthusiasts, technicians and practitioners of electronics who have progressed beyond the basics. The sixth edition is updated throughout with new material on microcontrollers and computer assistance, and a new chapter on digital signal processing

Key Features

· Invaluable handbook and reference for hobbyists, students and technicians · Essential day-to-day electronics information, clear explanations and practical guidance in one compact volume · Assumes some previous electronics knowledge but coverage to interest beginners and professionals alike


Hobbyists, students, technicians and other professionals with some electronics knowledge. Anyone involved in post-basic practical electronics work.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Mathematical Conventions

Chapter 1: Resistors Passive components Resistors Resistivity Resistivity calculations Resistor construction Tolerances and E-series Resistance value coding Surface mounted resistors Resistor characteristics Dissipation and temperature rise Variables and laws Resistors in circuit Kirchoff's law The superposition theorem Thevenin's theorem Thermistors Variation of resistance with temperaure

Chapter 2: Capacitors Capacitance The parallel-plate capacitor Construction Other capacitor characteristics Energy and charge storage Time constants Reactance CR circuits

Chapter 3: Inductive and Tuned Circuit Components Inductors Transformers Signal-matching transformers Mains transformers Other transformer types Surface-mounted inductors Inductance calculations Untuned transformers Inductive reactance LCR circuits Coupled tuned circuits Quartz crystals Temperature effects Wave filters

Chapter 4: Chemical Cells and Batteries Introduction Primary and secondary cells Battery connections Simple cell The Leclanche cell The alkaline primary cells Miniature (button) cells Lithium cells Secondary cells Nickel-cadmium cells Lithium-ion rechargeable cells

Chapter 5: Active Discrete Components Diodes Varactor diodes Schottky diodes LEDs Photodiodes Transient voltage suppressors (TVs) Typical diode circuits Transistors Bias for linear amplifiers Transistor parameters and linear amplifier gain Transistor packaging Noise Voltage gain Other bipolar transistor types Darlington pair circuit Field-effect transistors FET Handling problems Negative feedback Heatsinks Switching circuits Other switiching devices Diode and transistor coding

Chapter 6: Linear ICs Overview The 741 op-amp Gain and bandwidth Offset Bias methods Basic circuits General notes on op-amp circuits Modern op-amps Other operational amplifier circuits Modern op-amps Other operational amplifier circuits Current differencing amplifiers Other linear amplifier ICs Phase-locked loops Waveform generators Active and switched capacitor filters Voltage regulator ICs Adjustable regulator circuits The 555 timer

Chapter 7: Familiar Linear Circuits Overview Discrete transistor circuits Audio circuits Simple active filters Circuits for audio output stages Class D amplifiers Wideband voltage amplification circuits Sine wave and other oscillator circuits Other crystal oscillators Astable, monostable and bistable circuits Radio-frequancy circuits Modulation circuits Optical circuits Linear power supply circuits Switch-mode power supplies

Chapter 8: Sensors and Transducers Introduction Strain and pressure Direction and motion Light, UV and IR radiation Temperature Sound

Chapter 9: Digital Logic Introduction Logic families Other logic families Combinational logic Numer bases Sequential logic Counters and dividers

Chapter 10: Programmable Devices Memory Read-only memory (ROM) Programmable read-only memory (PROM) Volatile memory (RAM) Programmable logic Complex programmable logic devices (CPLD) Field programmable gate array (FPGA) Hardware description language (HDL) Other programmable devices Other applications of memory devices Useful websites

Chapter 11: Microprocessors and Microcontrollers Introduction Binary stored program computers Von Neumann and Harvard architecture Microprocessor systems Power-up reset and program execution Programming The ARM processor Developing microprocessor hardware Electromagnetic compatibility Microcontroller manufacturers

Chapter 12: Microprocessor Interfacing Output circuits Display devices Light-emitting diode (LED) displays Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) Input circuits Switches

Chapter 13: Data converters Introduction Digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) Digital potentiometer Binary weighted resistor converter The R2R ladder Charge distribution DAC Pulse width modulator Reconstruction filter Analogue-to-digital converters Resolution and quantization Sampling Aliasing Successive approximation analogue-to-digital converter Sigma-Delta ADC (over sampling or bitstream converter) Dual-slope ADC Voltage references for analogue-to-digital converters PCB layout Connecting a serial ADC to a PC Useful websites

Chapter 14: Transferring Digital Data Introduction Parallel transfer IEEE 1284 Centronics printer interface The IEEE-488 bus Serial transfer EIA/TIA 232E serial interface RS-422/RS-485 Wireless links Infra-red Audio frequency signalling Base-band signalling Error detection and correction Useful websites

Chapter 15: Microcontroller Applications Introduction Configuration Clock Internal RC oscillator Watchdog and sleep Power-up reset Setting up I/O ports Integrated peripherals Counter timer Pulse width modulator Serial interfaces UART/USART SPI/I2C Bus Interrupts Implementing serial output in software Converting binary data to ASCII hex Useful websites

Chapter 16: Digital Signal Processing Introduction Low-pass and high-pass filters Finite impulse response (FIR) filters Quantization Saturated arithmetic Truncation Bandpass and notch filters Infinite impulse response (IIR) filters Other applications Design tools Further reading

Chapter 17: Computer Aids to Circuit Design Introduction Schematic capture Libraries Connections Net names Virtual wiring Net lists Printing Simulation Analysis DC analysis Temperature sweep AC analysis Transient analysis PCB layout Design rules Gerber and NC drill fire checking Desktop routing machines Useful websites

Chapter 18: Connectors, Prototyping and Mechanical Construction Hardware Video connectors Audio connactors Control knobs and switches Switches Cabinets and cases Handling Heat dissipation Constructing circuits Soldering and unsoldering Desoldering Other soldering tools

Chapter 19: Testing and Troubleshooting Introduction Test equipment Test leads Power supplies and battery packs Digital multimeters LCR meter Oscilloscope Signal generator Temperature testing Mains work Testing Further reading

Appendix A: Standard Metric Wire Table Appendix B: Arithmetic and Logic Instructions Tables Appendix C: Hex Record Formats Appendix D: Gerber Data Format Appendix E: Pinout Information Links Appendix F: SMT Packages and Guides



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About the Author

Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair was born in 1932 in Tayport, Fife, and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1956. In that year, he joined the English Electric Valve Co. in Chelmsford, Essex, to work on the design of specialised cathode-ray tubes, and later on small transmitting valves and TV transmitting tubes. In 1966, he became an assistant lecturer at Hornchurch Technical College, and in 1967 joined the staff of Braintree College of F.E. as a lecturer. His first book, “Understanding Electronic Components” was published in 1972, and he has been writing ever since, particularly for the novice in Electronics or Computing. The interest in computing arose after seeing a Tandy TRS80 in San Francisco in 1977, and of his 204 published books, about half have been on computing topics, starting with a guide to Microsoft Basic on the TRS80 in 1979. He left teaching in 1984 to concentrate entirely on writing, and has also gained experience in computer typesetting, particularly for mathematical texts. He has recently visited Seattle to see Microsoft at work, and to remind them that he has been using Microsoft products longer than most Microsoft employees can remember. Ian Sinclair is the author of the following Made Simple books: Lotus 1-2-3- (2.4 DOS version) MS-DOS (up to version 6.22) PagePlus for Windows 3.1 Hard drives He is also the author of many other books published under our Newnes imprint.Visit Ian's website at

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