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This book is an undergraduate level textbook presenting a thorough discussion of state-of-the art electronic devices. It is self-contained; it begins with an introduction to solid state semiconductor devices. The prerequisites for this text are first year calculus and physics, and a two-semester course in circuit analysis including the fundamental theorems and the Laplace transformation. No previous knowledge of MATLAB®is required; the material in Appendix A and the inexpensive MATLAB Student Version is all the reader need to get going.
Our discussions are based on a PC with Windows XP platforms but if you have another platform such as Macintosh, please refer to the appropriate sections of the MATLAB’s User Guide which also contains instructions for installation. Additional information including purchasing may be obtained from The MathWorks, Inc., 3 Apple Hill Drive, Natick, MA 01760-2098. Phone: 508 647-7000, Fax: 508 647-7001, email: and web site text can also be used without MATLAB.

This is our fourth electrical and computer engineering-based text with MATLAB applications. My associates, contributors, and I have a mission to produce substance and yet inexpensive texts for the average reader. Our first three texts* are very popular with students and working professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and prepare for the professional engineering examination. We are working with limited resources and our small profits left after large discounts to the bookstores and distributors, are reinvested in the production of more texts. To maintain our retail prices as low as possible, we avoid expensive and fancy hardcovers.
The author and contributors make no claim to originality of content or of treatment, but have taken care to present definitions, statements of physical laws, theorems, and problems. Chapter 1 is an introduction to the nature of small signals used in electronic devices, amplifiers, definitions of decibels, bandwidth, poles and zeros, stability, transfer functions, and Bode plots. Chapter 2 is an introduction to solid state electronics beginning with simple explanations of electron and hole movement.

This chapter provides a thorough discussion on the junction diode and its volt-ampere characteristics. In most cases, the non-linear characteristics are plotted with simple MATLAB scripts. The discussion concludes with diode applications, the Zener, Schottky, tunnel, and varactor diodes, and optoelectronics devices. Chapters 3 and 4 are devoted to bipolar junction transistors and FETs respectively, and many examples with detailed solutions are provided. Chapter 5 is a long chapter on op amps. Many op amp circuits are presented and their applications are well illustrated. The highlight of this text is Chapter 6 on integrated devices used in logic circuits.
The internal construction and operation of the TTL, NMOS, PMOS, CMOS, ECL, and the biCMOS families of those devices are fully discussed. Moreover, the interpretation of the most important parameters listed in the manufacturers data sheets are explained in detail. Chapter 7 is an introduction to pulse circuits and waveform generators. There, we discuss the 555 Timer, the astable, monostable, and bistable multivibrators, and the Schmitt trigger. Chapter 8 discusses to the frequency characteristic of single-stage and cascade amplifiers, and Chapter 9 is devoted to tuned amplifiers. Sinusoidal oscillators are introduced in Chapter 10.