Download The Art Of Electronics Second Edition By Paul Horowitz Winfield Hill

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Introduction

The transistor is our most important example of an “active” component, a device that can amplify, producing an output signal with more power in it than the input signal. The additional power comes from an external source of power (the power supply, to be exact). Note that voltage amplification isn’t what matters, since, for example, a step-up transformer, a “passive” component just like a resistor or capacitor, has voltage gain but no power gain. Devices with power gain are distinguishable by their ability to make oscillators, by feeding some output signal back into the input. It is interesting to note that the property of power amplification seemed very important to the inventors of the transistor. Almost the ‘first thing they did to convince themselves that they had really invented something was to power a loudspeaker from a transistor, observing that the output signal sounded louder than the input signal

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 FOUNDATIONS

 CHAPTER 2 TRANSISTORS

CHAPTER 3 FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTORS

CHAPTER 4 FEEDBACK AND OPERATIONAL AMPLIFIERS

CHAPTER 5 ACTIVE FILTERS AND OSCILLATORS

CHAPTER 6 VOLTAGE REGULATORS AND POWER CIRCUITS

CHAPTER 7 PRECISION CIRCUITS AND LOW-NOISE TECHNIQUES

CHAPTER 8 DIGITAL ELECTRONICS

CHAPTER9 DIGITAL MEETS ANALOG

CHAPTER 10 MICROCOMPUTERS

CHAPTER 11 MICROPROCESSORS

CHAPTER 12 ELECTRONIC CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES

CHAPTER 13 HIGH-FREQUENCY AND HIGH-SPEED TECHNIQUES

CHAPTER 14 LOW-POWER DESIGN

CHAPTER 15 MEASUREMENTS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING