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Encyclopedia of Electronics Circuits, Volume 5 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0070110779
ISBN-10: 0070110778
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From the Back Cover

Praise for previous volumes:

"Looking for a good electronic circuit cookbook? This is it." -- Monitoring Times

"...extremely popular with engineering students, electronic hobbyists, and others...this is truly an invaluable storehouse." -- American Reference Books Annual

Designed for quick reference and on-the-job use, the Encyclopedia of Electronic Circuits, Volume 5 puts more than 1,000 state-of-the-art electronic and integrated circuit designs at your fingertips. Organized alphabetically into 135 categories, this all-new collection of circuits includes the latest designs from industry leaders such as National Semiconductor, RCA, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Teledyne, and others.

Inside, you'll find diagrams and schematics for circuits used in:
* Alarm and security systems
* Audio amplifiers
* Computers
* Frequency meters
* Gas and smoke detectors
* Oscilloscopes
* Receivers
* Waveform generators
* Temperature sensors
* Video amplifiers

...and many other applications. For each circuit, you'll find a brief explanation of its operation and other information regarding adjustments or alignment. An invaluable reference tool, this book also includes a cumulative index that covers all of the circuits included here and in each of the previous four volumes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rudolf F. Graf has 45 years of engineering, sales, and marketing experience in the electronics field. He has written more than 30 books (about three million copies printed)and well over 100 articles. He is a senior member of the IEEE, a licensed amateur radio operator (KA2CWL), and has a BSEE degree from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and an MBA from NYU. He is self-employed.

William Sheets is a self-employed circuit design engineer. He has more than 25 years of experience in RF, analog, and digital electronics. He has written numerous articles in electronics publications and co-authored five books with Graf. His interests include amateur radio (K2MQJ), photography, and travel. He has designed and built numerous items, including a satellite TV system, many transmitters and receivers, and a computer. He has an MEE degree from NYU, is married, and lives in up-state New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Encyclopedia of Electronic Circuits (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 1 edition (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070110778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070110779
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For school creation of simple electronic devices this series can't be beat. The two biggest problems with the early volumes were the binding and the index. The index often failed to reference the circuit you were searching for and the binding was poor, unable to withstand normal usage. When this series first appeared the emphasis was on new technology. Later volumes tried to mimic earlier device coverage and this was a serious mistake, the technologies had moved on. Still, if you are looking for quick ideas for a power supply or an instrument component, this can be a helpful place to start. A fanatic with time on his/her hands might come up with a new version with Spice models, a CD with searchable index, PC artwork, a netlist, and a parts list for each project. Needless to say none of this was available in the 1980's when this series began. Since these projects were generally copied as just the circuit diagram from magazine articles, they often are missing parts numbers or adequate information for correct construction. With today's technology, the whole article could be included on disk!
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IF you are looking for a source of Circuits that components are still available this is it. This being one of 7 volumes from a year that is very much in demand. The variety of circuits in this volume spans from the ultra simple to moderately difficult as well as useful. It is supplied with analog and digital, radio, communication, fun, utility as well hard to find circuits. It also has circuits that have been brought forward an modernized to make use of current components. There are also circuits that are new and employ IC technology and MOS-LSI chips. The index in this volume also makes reference to earlier volumes that have circuits that this volume does not cover. This book can pay for itself rapidly for the right person.
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This is a great reference. It's nice to have a few examples of how someone else has solved a problem before you go into your own design. Of course, you will want to own the complete library. All volumes have a reference in the back that includes previous volumes. This is handy. You only need to use the reference in the last volume you own to find a list of everything.
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If you read ALL the reviews of ALL seven volumes of Graf's general encyclopedia series, PLUS Graf's 5 "specialty" circuit books (Oscillators, Amplifiers, Detectors, Measuring and Converters), you'll get a noticeable trend: these books are either for very new hobbyists or designers OR very experienced engineers!

Both are actually right, as the series depends on your goals. Since a lot of the info is outdated, it also means a lot is public domain, and you can find some real "gem ideas" that have been forgotten, and with modern component updates, can become the material for a new patent, or components thereof. Circle M's are usually abandoned within 9 years, and didn't even exist back then.

In that vein of advanced scanning, another advanced requirement is the ability to calculate missing values and spot mistakes. Eg. Graf gives a digital power monitor circuit with a missing reset switch and only one (R2) of two resistor values. You can use VSense=r1 + 10K/10K * 2.3, for example, to solve for r1, and use vsense over your VTP, with test values, to get your max voltage.

So, for the newbies, hobbyists and new inventors. Hey, with the right attitude, figuring out the mistakes (without blowing yourself up or burning your garage down) can be a challenge! If you compare circuits with online resources and the awesome McGraw Hill circuit (troubleshooting) series (volume 4 is awesome but very rare and expensive-- had to buy if from India: McGraw-Hill Circuit Encyclopedia and Troubleshooting Guide, Volume 4), you can become the Sherlock Holmes of the design world with this series!
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this is one of a seven volume reference book set that shows you circuits that have been used to make almost anything happen in electronics. If you know what you are looking for and how to read schematics for electronics, you will find in this set of books one or several ways to wire up the circuit you needed. these are not the books for beginners! lots of times you just have the schematics for a circuit and no explanation, but if all you want to know is how someone else wired their transistor, IC, or LC circuits, THIS IS THE BOOK SET!
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The fifth volume of "The Encyclopedia of Electronic Circuits" is an improvement over the first four volumes in the series. The schematics have been cleaned up for a more consistent style and some commentary has been added for every circuit.

The volume contains a large number of circuits for various functions--gleaned from a myriad of sources.
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