Practical Electronics Handbook

Practical Electronics Handbook

6th Edition - December 1, 2006

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  • Author: Ian Sinclair
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080469515
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750680714

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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

  • Chapter 1: Resistors
    Passive components
    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
    Variation of resistance with temperaure

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

    Chapter 3: Inductive and Tuned Circuit Components
    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
    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
    Varactor diodes
    Schottky diodes
    Transient voltage suppressors (TVs)
    Typical diode circuits
    Bias for linear amplifiers
    Transistor parameters and linear amplifier gain
    Transistor packaging
    Voltage gain
    Other bipolar transistor types
    Darlington pair circuit
    Field-effect transistors
    FET Handling problems
    Negative feedback
    Switching circuits
    Other switiching devices
    Diode and transistor coding

    Chapter 6: Linear ICs
    The 741 op-amp
    Gain and bandwidth
    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
    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
    Strain and pressure
    Direction and motion
    Light, UV and IR radiation

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

    Chapter 10: Programmable Devices
    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
    Binary stored program computers
    Von Neumann and Harvard architecture
    Microprocessor systems
    Power-up reset and program execution
    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

    Chapter 13: Data converters
    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
    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
    Parallel transfer
    IEEE 1284 Centronics printer interface
    The IEEE-488 bus
    Serial transfer
    EIA/TIA 232E serial interface
    Wireless links
    Audio frequency signalling
    Base-band signalling
    Error detection and correction
    Useful websites

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

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

    Chapter 17: Computer Aids to Circuit Design
    Schematic capture
    Net names
    Virtual wiring
    Net lists
    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
    Video connectors
    Audio connactors
    Control knobs and switches
    Cabinets and cases
    Heat dissipation
    Constructing circuits
    Soldering and unsoldering
    Other soldering tools

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2007
  • Published: December 1, 2006
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080469515
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750680714

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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Long-standing technical author, UK

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  • TageldinOsman Fri Dec 27 2019


    One of the most comprehensive reference of electronics components not only for professionals, beginners can find it a one stop book basic electronics source