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The art of electronics

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Ian Macmillan, Jan 20, 2010.

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  1. Having been involved in industrial electronics for going on 60 years, I was
    recently delighted to obtain a copy of Horowitz and Hill's marvelous "The
    Art of Electronics" (2nd edition).

    I thought about getting the somewhat mythical 3rd edition, but decided I
    might not live so long...

    But anyway, after a browse, some things struck me. The first was how
    relevant it all is, even after 20 years (1989)

    The second was things that must be new since then, like buck boost and Nimh
    cells. Surprising.

    The third thing was the disclaimer that said, in effect:

    "...dont try any of this at home without consulting an expert, and if you
    blow yourself up we disclaim all liability..." And etc.

    What is it coming to when textbooks have to have this kind of crap in them?

    All the best
    Ian Macmillan

  2. The same types of pussies force TV show makers to munge out T-shirt art
    and license plate numbers, etc.

    Myth busters does the same thing, despite ZERO actual tangible
    liability in my opinion.
  3. Your really asking that when we have Obama, Pelosi, and Reed?
  4. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Guest

    The electronics is, but who writes 68k's in assembly anymore? (Highland
    doesn't count. ;-) Some ARM code would be more appropriate, but it's not
    so much the architecture anymore because everyone uses C anyway.
    Or Li ion. NiMH isn't that new, is it? NiCds have been around for ages
    anyway, and work about the same.

    I would definitely like to see more on switching supplies: it's not like
    they didn't exist until the WWW was invented. Switching supplies have been
    around for centuries*, and they're more important than ever. And I find
    them quite fascinating.

    That, and power systems in general (which are usually switching systems). I
    suppose that's getting closer to its own subject, with its own textbooks,
    but still.

    Some actual RF design wouldn't hurt. It's just skimmed over. The process
    of designing some sort of radio system, it could be VHF or UHF range,
    manually or electronically tuned, maybe not PLL'd, with whatever detection
    scheme, would be neat. A radio wouldn't run into the potential problems
    that designing a radiotransmitter could have (i.e. FCC licensed output).
    VHF-UHF is an interesting band, two sided PCB handles it just fine but it
    still requires careful layout and better-than-2N3904 transistors to amplify.

    *A Whimhurt generator is just a flying-capacitor charge pump, so there. :p

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