Microelectronic Circuits, fifth edition, is intended as a text for the core courses in electronic circuits taught to majors in electrical and computer engineering. It should also prove useful to engineers and other professionals wishing to update their knowledge through self-study. As was the case with the first four editions, the objective of this book is to develop in the reader the ability to analyze and design electronic circuits, both analog and digital, discrete and integrated. While the application of integrated circuits is covered, emphasis is placed on transistor circuit design. This is done because of our belief that even if the majority of those studying the book were not to pursue a career in IC design, knowledge of what is inside the IC package would enable intelligent and innovative application of such chips. Furthermore, with the advances in V LSI technology and design methodology, IC design itself is becoming accessible to an increasing number of engineers.
The prerequisite for studying the material i n this book i s a first course i n circuit analysis. As a review, some linear circuits material is included here in appendixes: specifically, two-port network parameters in Appendix B; some useful network theorems in Appendix C; singletime- constant circuits in Appendix D; and s-domain analysis in Appendix E. No prior knowledge of physical electronics is assumed. All required device physics is included, and Appendix A provides a brief description of IC fabrication.
NEW TO THIS EDITION
Although the philosophy and pedagogical approach o f the first four editions have been retained, several changes have been made to both organization and coverage.
1. The book has been reorganized into three parts. Part I: Devices and Basic Circuits, composed of the first five chapters, provides a coherent and reasonably comprehensive single-semester introductory course in electronics. Similarly, Part II: Analog and Digital Integrated Circuits (Chapters 6-10) presents a body of material suitable for a second one-semester course. Finally, four carefully chosen subjects are included in Part III: Selected Topics. These can be used as enhancements or substitutions for some of the material in earlier chapters, as resources for projects or thesis work, and/or as part of a third course.
2. Each chapter is organized so that the essential “must-cover” topics are placed first, and the more specialized material appears last. This allows considerable flexibility in teaching and learning from the book.
3. Chapter 4, MOSFETs, and Chapter 5, BJTs, have been completely rewritten, updated, and made completely independent of each other. The OSFET chapter is placed first to reflect the fact that it is currently the most significant electronics device by a wide margin. However, if desired, the BJT can be covered first. Also, the identical structure of the two chapters makes teaching and learning about the second device easier and faster.
4. To make the first course comprehensive, both Chapters 4 and 5 include material on amplifier and digital-logic circuits. In addition, the frequency response of the basic common-source (common-emitter) amplifier is included. This is important for students who might not take a second course in electronics.
5. A new chapter on integrated-circuit (IC) amplifiers (Chapter 6) is added. It begins with a comprehensive comparison between the MOSFET and the BJT. Typical parameter values of devices produced by modem submicron fabrication processes are given and utilized in the examples, exercises, and end-of-chapter problems. The study of each amplifier configuration includes its frequency response. This should make the study of amplifier frequency response more interesting and somewhat easier.
6. The material on differential and multistage amplifiers in Chapter 7 has been rewritten to present the MOSFET differential pair first. Here also, the examples, exercises, and problems have been expanded and updated to utilize parameter values representative of modem submicron technologies.
7. Throughout the book, greater emphasis is placed on MOSFET circuits.
8. To make room for new material, some of the topics that have become less current, such as JFETs and TTL, or have remained highly specialized, such as GaAs devices and circuits, have been removed from the book. However, they are made available on the CD accompanying the book and on the book’s website.
9. As a study aid and for easy reference, many summary tables have been added. fo. The review exercises, examples, and end-of-chapter problems have been updated and their numbers and variety increased.
11. The SPICE sections have been rewritten and the SPICE examples now utilize schematic entry. To enable further experimentation, the files for all SPICE examples are provided on the CD and website.