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Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory, 7/e

Robert Boylestad, the Queensborough Community College
Louis Nashelsky, the Queensborough Community College

Published August, 1998 by Prentice Hall Career & Technology

Copyright 1999, 926 pp.
ISBN 0-13-769282-X

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A core text for an upper-level course in devices and active circuits. Appropriate for 2-year and 4-year engineering and technology institutes.
Completely updated with the most current computer analysis coverage, this classic and very popular text on electronic devices and circuit theory provides the high level of accuracy and detailed study often lacking in other texts of its kind. Setting the standard for the past 25 years, it offers students a complete and comprehensive survey - paying close attention to all the essentials they will need to understand in order to be successful on the job. Divided into two main components (the dc analysis and the ac or frequency response), it uses a “building block” approach, progressing from one chapter to another in a systematic manner. It covers a majority of the important configurations and applications for each device, and includes a variety of examples and applications to reinforce and enhance learning.


NEW—Uses the very latest version of PSpice Windows (Version 8) throughout the book.

  • Permits students to use the most current techniques to draw as well as analyze each circuit.
NEW—Offers thorough and systematic improvements, achieved through careful review of each and every page, and consideration of user requests.
  • Hones presentations and simplifies some of the more complex sections.
  • Updates all the artwork, photographs, tables, and specification sheets to meet current standards.
Takes a systems approach to the subject, covering topics in a “building block” fashion that ensures comprehension of fundamental concepts such as diodes and transistors before tackling the more advanced topics such as compound configurations and oscilloscopes.
Features a well-designed color format that highlights and defines important concepts, while line drawings present circuits and devices as the appear in the real world.
Offers complete coverage of small-signal analysis, and relates it more specifically to its uses in the industry today.
Includes the effects of the output impedance on all the important parameters of an amplifier.
Reflects on the growing importance of operational amplifiers in today's market.
  • Examines all of the typical configurations of JFET and MOSFET circuits, along with the basics of designing FET amplifier networks.
Devotes a full chapter to BJT transistor modeling to ensure a clear and correct understanding of this key topic.
Provides a chapter on instrumentation to assist students with limited laboratory experience.
Integrates valuable troubleshooting sections in most chapters, offering general hints on how to isolate a problem, how to identify its causes, and what action to take to rectify it.
Stimulates and challenges students with an exceptionally large number of exercises and problems interspersed throughout the book, with more difficult ones identified by an asterisk.

Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter begins with an Introduction, and Chapters 1 - 17 conclude with a Computer Analysis.)
    1. Semiconductor Diodes.

      Ideal Diode. Semiconductor Materials. Energy Levels. Extrinsic Materials - n-type and p-type. Semiconductor Diode. Resistance Levels. Diode Equivalent Circuits. Diode Specification Sheets. Transition and Diffusion Capacitance. Reverse Recovery Time. Semiconductor Diode Notation. Diode Testing. Zener Diodes. Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Diode Arrays - Integrated Circuits.

    2. Diode Applications.

      Load Line Analysis. Diode Approximations. Series Diode Configurations with DC Inputs. Parallel and Series-Parallel Configurations. AND/OR Gates. Sinusoidal Inputs: Half-Wave Rectification. Full-Wave Rectification. Clippers. Clampers. Zener Diodes. Voltage Multiplier Circuits.

    3. Bipolar Junction Transistor.

      Transistor Construction. Transistor Operation. Common-Base Configuration. Transistor Amplifying Action. Common-Emitter Configuration. Common-Collector Configuration. Limits of Operation. Transistor Specification Sheet. Transistor Testing. Transistor Casting and Terminal Identification.

    4. DC Biasing - BJT's.

      Operating Point. Fixed-Bias Circuit. Emitter-Stabilized Bias Circuit. Voltage-Divider Bias. DC Bias with Voltage Feedback. Miscellaneous Bias Configurations. Design Operations. Transistor Switching Networks. Troubleshooting Techniques. PNP Transistors. Bias Stabilization.

    5. Field-Effect Transistors.

      Construction and Characteristics of JFETs. Transfer Characteristics. Specification Sheets (JFETs). Instrumentation. Important Relationships. Depletion-Type MOSFET. Enhancement-Type MOSFET. MOSFET Handling. VMOS. CMOS. Summary Table.

    6. FET Biasing.

      Fixed-Bias Configuration. Self-Bias Configuration. Voltage-Divider Biasing. Depletion-Type MOSFETs. Enhancement-Type MOSFETs. Summary Table. Combination Networks. Design. Troubleshooting. P-Channel FETs. Universal JFET Bias Curve.

    7. BJT Transistor Modeling.

      Amplification in the AC Domain. BJT Transistor Modeling. The Important Parameters: Zi, Zo, Av, Ai. The re Transistor Model. The Hybrid Equivalent Model. Graphical Determination of the h-parameters. Variations of Transistor Parameters.

    8. BJT Small-Signal Analysis.

      Common-Emitter Fixed-Bias Configuration. Voltage-Divider Bias. CE Emitter-Bias Configuration. Emitter-Follower Configuration. Common-Base Configuration. Collector Feedback Configuration . Collector DC Feedback Configuration. Approximate Hybrid Equivalent Circuit. Complete Hybrid Equivalent Model. Summary Table. Troubleshooting.

    9. FET Small-Signal Analysis.

      FET Small-Signal Model. JFET Fixed-Bias Configuration. JFET Self-Bias Configuration. JFET Voltage-Divider Configuration. JFET Source-Follower (Common-Drain) Configuration. JFET Common-Gate Configuration. Depletion-Type MOSFETs. Enhancement-Type MOSFETs. E-MOSFET Drain-Feedback Configuration. E-MOSFET Voltage-Divider Configuration. Designing FET Amplifier Networks. Summary Table. Troubleshooting.

    10. Systems Approach - Effects of Rs and RL.

      Two-Port Systems. Effect of a Load Impedance (RL). Effect of a Source Impedance (RS). Combined Effect of Rs and RL. BJT CE Networks. BJT Emitter-Follower Networks. BJT CB Networks. FET Networks. Summary Table. Cascaded Systems.

    11. BJT and JFET Frequency Response.

      Logarithms. Decibels. General Frequency Considerations. Low-Frequency Analysis - Bode Plot. Low-Frequency Response - BJT Amplifier. Low-Frequency Response - FET Amplifier. Miller Effect Capacitance. High-Frequency Response - BJT Amplifier. High-Frequency Response - FET Amplifier. Multistage Frequency Effects. Square-Wave Testing.

    12. Compound Configurations.

      Cascade Connection. Cascode Connection. Darlington Connection. Feedback Pair. CMOS Circuit. Current Source Circuits. Current Mirror Circuits. Differential Amplifier Circuit. BIFET, BIMOS, and CMOS Differential Amplifier Circuits.

    13. Discrete and IC Manufacturing Techniques.

      Semiconductor Materials, Si, Ge, and GaAs. Discrete Diodes. Transistor Fabrication. Integrated Circuits. Monolithic Integrated Circuit. The Production Cycle. Thin-Film and Thick-Film Integrated Circuits. Hybrid Integrated Circuits.

    14. Operational Amplifiers.

      Differential and Common-Mode Operation. Op-amp Basics. Practical Op-amp Circuits. Op-amp Specifications - DC Offset Parameters. Op-amp Specifications - Frequency Parameters. Op-am Unit Specifications.

    15. Op-Amp Applications.

      Constant-Gain Mulitplier. Voltage Summing. Voltage Buffer. Controlled Sources. Instrumentation Circuits. Active Filters.

    16. Power Amplifiers.

      Series-Fed Class A Amplifier. Transformer-Coupled Class A Amplifier. Class B Amplifier Operation. Class B Amplifier Circuits. Amplifier Distortion. Power Transistor Heat Sinking. Class C and Class D Amplifiers.

    17. Linear-Digital ICs.

      Comparator Unit Operation. Digital-Analog Converters. Timer IC Unit Operation. Voltage-Controlled Oscillator. Phase-Locked Loop. Interfacing Circuitry.

    18. Feedback and Oscillator Circuits.

      Feedback Concepts. Feedback Connection Types. Practical Feedback Circuits. Feedback Amplifier - Phase and Frequency Considerations. Oscillator Operation. Phase-Shift Oscillator. Wein Bridge Oscillator. Tuned Oscillator Circuit. Crystal Oscillator. Unijunction Oscillator.

    19. Power Supplies (Voltage Regulators).

      General Filter Considerations. Capacitor Filter. RC Filter. Discrete Transistor Voltage Regulation. IC Voltage Regulators.

    20. Other Two-Terminal Devices.

      Schottky Barrier (Hot-Carrier) Diodes. Varactor (Varicap) Diodes. Power Diodes. Tunnel Diodes. Photodiodes. Photoconductive Cells. IR Emitters. Liquid-Crystal Displays. Solar Cells. Thermistors.

    21. pnpn and Other Devices.

      Silicon-Controlled Rectifier. Basic Silicon-Controlled Recitifier Operation. SCR Characteristics and Ratings. SCR Construction and Terminal Identification. SCR Applications. Silicon-Controlled Switch. Gate Turn-Off Switch. Light-Activated SCR. Shockley Diode. DIAC. TRIAC. Unijunction Transistor. Phototransistors. Opto-Isolators. Programmable Unijunction Transistor.

    22. Oscilloscope and Other Measuring Instruments.

      Cathode Ray Tube - Theory and Construction. Cathode Ray Oscilloscope Operation. Voltage Sweep Operation. Synchronization and Triggering. Multitrace Operation. Measurement Using Calibrated CRO Scales. Special CRO Features. Signal Generators.

    Appendix A: Hybrid Parameters - Conversion Equations (Exact and Approximate).
    Appendix B: Ripple Factor and Voltage Calculations.
    Appendix C: Charts and Tables.
    Appendix D: Solutions to Selected Odd-Numbered Problems.


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