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  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Gregg Division, McGraw-Hill (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070398615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070398610
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you need to learn the basics or need a review, get this book.
Jason Lopez
This is hands-down the best introduction to the principles of digital electronics that I have ever read.
Charles Ashbacher
I would highly suggest anyone interested in this field to read this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is hands-down the best introduction to the principles of digital electronics that I have ever read. With clear, concise explanations, I have used it as a self-teaching aid when I was first learning about digital logic as well as a source of material for my classes. The basic educational model is the example/solution and there is a self-testing review and problems at the end of each chapter. Solutions to the odd problems are included in an appendix.
While the hardware used in the exercises is very dated, that does not detract from the main point of the book, which is to teach the principles of digital logic. I still use it as a major reference when I teach those principles in an upper level course in computer structure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ganapathy Subramaniam on January 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After hearing about digital computers while in high school (this was mid 80s), I was extremely curious about understanding how these so called 'computers' work. The idea that they can make decisions, remember things etc. was simply fascinating. General popular science articles weren't clear enough to give the complete picture.

I was lucky to find a copy of this book in my school library. I took home this book, and simply read the book through the night. and what an experience it was!.

It builds on absolutely fundamental concepts, logical components, simple logic gates, the mysterious flip-flop, the universal gate, the ROM, and then on to the stored program computer.. the register, program counter, Arithmetic, Logic Unit, The Instruction Decoder. my..my. In such simple terms. and then on to,in fact, build a commercial microprocessor of the age, step by step.

One of those rare , simple elegant books, that can get you started and then hook us on to the subject.

Absolutely relevent today as well. since we still fundamentally use the same architecture, believe it or not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure if this is a later edition of the book I used or not 20 years ago, because it was just titled Digital Electronics back them. But if it is, and it's as good as the original edition, it was probably the best introduction to the subject I'd ever read. Clear and concise explanations of basic principles and digital circuit components made this a valuable reference and study book for me. In fact, as a result of reading this book on my own, I was able to test out of the introductory digital circuits class at my college and get into the second semester class. The book was a standard textbook for years at the colleges near my home, and it has taught thousands of electronic hobbyists, technicians, and engineers over the last 20 years this important field of electronics. Truly a great classic by an outstanding teacher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Ball on May 12, 2012
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Malvino has a way with words and manages to simplify many aspects of low level digital electronics. I'm about half-way through the book and already cherish it for its very thorough explanations, starting from the simplest aspects (bits) and working towards more sophisticated elements of circuit design (truth tables with Karnaugh Maps). Along the way you'll take in many lessons on Boolean algebra and simplification techniques (don't let this scare you away - it's really not bad at all).

While the book is definitely old, it's still very relevant, even with all of the improvements to computers over the last few decades. About the only possible complaint I could have at this point in the book is that some of the chapter review questions seem a bit tedious, particularly since we only have half the answers in the back so it's questionable whether those problems are worth doing since you can't confirm whether you correctly understand the material. That aside, there's lots of questions (with answers) along the way within the actual chapter content, so you still have lots of chances to confirm your understanding.

Bottom line, the book is a classic, the writing style is very easy to read, the quality of what it conveys is all-encompassing, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anything better on the subject. A must have for your electronics library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zia Naqvi on May 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book back in 80's while doing my bachelor in electronics engineering.
This book gave me a solid understanding of the heart and sole of a computer.
Later I used this book for my lectures at various levels. A must have book for every one who wants a real foundation in computer science career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a good start point to study computer hardwares for people at any levels, including those who don't have engineering background. It is easy to read and understand the contents. I like this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By azog on May 12, 2014
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This book may be over 35 years old, but much of the material is still valid. If you have any interest in computers or CPUs beyond the "black box", this will help you get inside what is going on. You won't be building massive 64-bit processors with parallel pipelines based on the information here, but many of the basic concepts still remain the same, such as program counters, registers, and select lines.

If you are familiar with digital electronics, such as gates and things, some of the book may considered unnecessary. But it is when the author takes those basic gates and starts building control paths and then even microcode, that is when the value of the book becomes apparent.
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