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Fundamentals of Microelectronics [Hardcover]

Behzad Razavi
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January 28, 2008 0471478466 978-0471478461 1
Designed to build a strong foundation in both design and analysis of electronic circuits, Razavi teaches conceptual understanding and mastery of the material by using modern examples to motivate and prepare students for advanced courses and their careers. Razavi's unique problem-solving framework enables students to deconstruct complex problems into components that they are familiar with which builds the confidence and intuitive skills needed for success.

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About the Author

Behzad Razavi is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and author. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Stanford University and has been Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles, since 1996. His current research encompasses RF and wireless design, broadband data communication circuits, phase-locking phenomena, and data converter design.

Professor Razavi's research and teaching have garnered numerous awards. He received the Beatrice Winner Award for Editorial Excellence at the 1994 ISSCC, the best paper award at the 1994 European Solid-State Circuits Conference, the best panel award at the 1995 and 1997 ISSCC, the TRW Innovative Teaching Award in 1997, and the best paper award at the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference in 1998. He was the co-recipient of both the Hack Kilby Outstanding Student Paper Award and the Beatrice Winner Award for Editorial Excellence at teh 2001. International Solid-State Circuits conference (ISSCC). He received the Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and the UCLA Faculty Senate Teaching Award in 2007. He was also recognized as one of the top ten authors in the fifty-year history of ISSCC.

Professor Razavi is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, a Fellow of IEEE, and the author of a number of books, including Principles of Data Conversion System Design, RF Microelectronics (translated to Chinese and Japanese), Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits (translated to Chinese and Japanese), Design of Integrated Circuits for Optical communications, and Fundamentals of Microelectronics. he is also the editor of Monolithic Phase-Locked Loops and Clock recovery circuits and Phase-Locking in High-Performance Systems.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471478466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471478461
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Compilation of Lecture Notes January 16, 2012
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I bought this book based on good reviews here, however, after finishing 10 chaps, I can say that:

1. This book is actually a compilation of UCLA microelectronics lecture notes and UCLA ECE students are giving them a 5 star rating here at, which is misleading...
2. Large amount of errors in examples, figures and text make some already abstract concepts even confusing.
3. Certain Chapter's pace is too slow(Chap 4&5). it will make you feel saturated with details and become overwhelmed very quickly.
4. Interpretation of some chapters can be very computational relying heavily on tricky mathematical deductions( serial approximation, limit approximation), it takes some time to get used to.
5. This book contains decent amount of practical design info that is valuable to medium level readers.

I wouldn't recommend this book for self-teaching, as using this error-laden 1st edition without guidelines from lecturer would be a grinding and nerve-wracking experience. A very tough book on a very tough subject.

5 stars for the Contents page, 3 stars for the rest of it. Editing is abysmal at best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent introductory book on analog circuit analysis and design, and as other Razavi's books, it is crystal clear, easy to follow, and has a lots of worked examples. However, as its preliminary version of this book (ISBN 047007292X), I still found many typos in this "official" release of this book, especially in the later chapters, even after I applied the errata provided by the publisher! These typos ruined the quality of this would-be-classic book. I think the author and publisher/editor should be more diligent on posting a new errata and fixing these errors in the new printings.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good book, in Theory March 28, 2011
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The homework problems in this book are abysmal. Either that, or my professor is deliberately choosing every problem which is poorly defined, over-constrained, or in some other way ambiguous and un-solvable based on the given information. If I hadn't already been a practicing EE for over 5 years and was just taking this course as an undergrad, I would probably be re-considering my choice of career due to the pain and problems encountered while trying to complete homework sets chosen from this book.

The text itself is reasonably clear and helpful, but do not expect to use the given problems to create functional homework sets. It's like somebody went through with a random number generator and changed all the numbers to create a new revision, never bothering to verify that the stated assumptions are still met.

This book may have the most awful problems I've ever seen in a text.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars editor should be shot June 17, 2008
wow, the amount of typos that I discovered (let alone missed) in the first 4 chapters is staggering. Wouldn't recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book in very good condition June 29, 2013
By Hasham
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This book arrived in a very good condition and in time.
The readers looking for this book should know that there is a new version available.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book January 29, 2013
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Used this book for a class. This book is pretty well written and really help you understand the materials better. This book is pretty well organized and very easy to follow, although I wish it has better examples
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