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Any recommendations for tutorial books on digital design?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Dec 11, 2003.

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  1. Guest

    I've noticed a few people have asked about good text or reference
    books on learning digital design. I've done the usual thing, google
    searches for web pages on electronics tutorials and past
    recommendations for books in this newsgroup. I'm looking to buy a book
    to get me up to the point where I could at least try to design a
    moderately complicated board.

    I've taken a few university courses on digital logic and a course on
    electronics for physicists. I'd like to learn how to design a
    relatively low speed ( <100Mhz) ARM based microprocessor board with
    some serial communications and either an FPGA or CPLD, four layer PCB,
    all surface mount parts

    I'm almost at the point where I'm about to buy some books and I
    thought I'd see if anyone had any other opinions.

    I've narrowed the search down to the three books mentioned below, but
    if anyone has any other books they'd like to recommend, please do so.

    I went to the local university book store and leafed through these two

    Complete Digital Design: A Comprehensive Guide to Digital Electronics
    and Computer System Architecture
    by Mark Balch

    Digital Electronics Guidebook: With Projects!
    by Myke Predko

    To my ignorant and digitally untrained eye, they both seemed to be
    pretty good. They both have the virtue of being at a place where I can
    buy them on a moment's notice.

    Does anyone have any opinions, good or bad, about those books?

    I also did a google search for "books" in sci.electroinics.books and
    read the messages going back to 1998. One book was mentioned several

    The Art of Electronics
    by Paul Horowitz

    Does anyone have any opinions about that book, would it be better than
    either of the other two books?

  2. Brian Oakley

    Brian Oakley Guest

    Something you might consider is obtaining an "eval" board from a company
    like Motorola. These are actually miniature computers on a small pc board,
    complete with IO. They come with lots and lots of great info manuals to show
    you how they work. This way you will know what to expect then you start to
    design your own board.
  3. Guest

    The Art of Electronics
    Thanks, that's a good idea. I found a number of chip manufacturers
    have the schematics and gerber files of their evaluation boards
    online. I'll use those as sources of tutorial material.
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