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Microelectronic Circuits (The Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering) [Hardcover]

Adel S. Sedra , Kenneth C. Smith
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December 15, 2009 0195323033 978-0195323030 6
Microelectronic Circuits, Sixth Edition, by Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith

This market-leading textbook continues its standard of excellence and innovation built on the solid pedagogical foundation that instructors expect from Adel S. Sedra and Kenneth C. Smith. All material in the sixth edition of Microelectronic Circuits is thoroughly updated to reflect changes in technology--CMOS technology in particular. These technological changes have shaped the book's organization and topical coverage, making it the most current resource available for teaching tomorrow's engineers how to analyze and design electronic circuits.


* Streamlined organization. Short, modular chapters can be rearranged to suit any class organization. Topics that can be skipped on a first reading, while the student is grasping the basics, or that look ahead to advanced industrial applications, are clearly marked.
* Digital Integrated Circuits covered in a new, separate section, to make it easier to teach Computer Engineering students.
* Parallel Treatment of MOSFETs and BJTs. 90% of the market works with MOSFETs, so this vital topic is placed first in the textbook. The chapters on BJTs and MOSFETs are exactly parallel, so instructors can teach whichever one first that they prefer, and speed through the second topic by concentrating only on the differences between the two transistors.
* Frequency response in a separate chapter. Frequency response is now condensed into a single chapter, rather than being integrated within other topics.

Instructor: [Note: Instructor's Resource CD is bound in to ISM-ISBN 9780195340303]
* Instructor's Solutions Manual contains typed solutions to all in-text exercises and end-of-chapter problems.
* PowerPoint Overheads on CD contain all of the figures with captions, plus summary tables, from the main text.

* In-text CD contains SPICE circuit simulation exercises and lessons, and a free student version of two SPICE simulators: OrCAD PSpice and Electronics Workbench Multisim.
* Companion website features SPICE models and links to industry and academic sites.

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About the Author

Adel S. Sedra is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo and former Provost of the University of Toronto.

Kenneth C. Smith (KC) is Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Information Studies at the University of Toronto.

Product Details

  • Series: The Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Hardcover: 1456 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 6 edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195323033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195323030
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Makes learning analog design a chore. February 26, 2011
First, I agree with a lot of what has been said in other reviews. It seems the author has gone out of his way to not bother explaining why any of the material sandwiched between the covers has any relevancy in the real world, let alone trying to design a circuit from scratch. Thus I found myself simply not caring about the material, and just cramming in facts before a test. However, after briefly beginning to read another book on the subject (Fundamentals of Microelectronics by Razavi), I can see everything that is wrong with Sedra's work and everything that is right with Razavi's. For example, the main reason for reading microelectronic books is to understand how BJT transistors operate. Sedra will have you religiously chanting Vbe = .7 V, and Ic = B*Ib. However, knowing these two facts does little more than give a false sense of security going into exams, and even the slightest hiccup in a given problem will cause you to become completely lost or forced to run around in an infinite loop of logic (well this must be this but it can't be that because this has to be this but because this is that...). Simply put, there's a thousand different problems you can be asked involving any concept in this book, and without an intuitive understanding from "the ground up", which this book does not provide, you're screwed.

If I were to reduce the first paragraph to a single analogy: If this book's job were to teach you how to drive a car, Sedra would tell you about how to refine the engine oil, calculate the wear on your tires, and why the gas pedal is at a 60 degree angle. But you still don't know how to drive a car.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most expensive headache to date March 4, 2012
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I'm a Sophomore ECE major and was assigned this textbook for a 200 level course. The book feels like it is written for people who already know the material, but want a place to refresh their memory. I've put serious time and energy into this book trying to learn from it and it has been a nightmare. If you're a professor or grad student this may be a great source but I can't recommend it to anyone looking to learn anything.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Required Text for my Electronics Class December 4, 2010
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I'll start off with the fact that I read this book in lieu of going to class, because my professor essentially taught from the slides that came with the teacher's edition.

First, the good points:
-It's a relatively easy read, compared to many textbooks. It's not impossible to understand, given that you've got a strong algebra background.

-There are many examples to help with much of the text, and they go step by step through solving them.

Next, the bad:
-It's a very dry read, and with between 50-100 pages per chapter (They get longer as you go further into the book), a little humor now and then would help keep my attention better.

-Also, they skip some algebraic steps in their derivations, and so I had to sit there for more time than necessary to figure out where exactly they were getting this equation from, despite them telling me which equations they used to get it. Don't get me wrong: I am very good at math, but when you skip 3 or 4 steps in between, it's going to make me do a double-take.

-There are a lot of examples, but not enough. The end-chapter homework problems are much more advanced then their basic examples, and assume you understand things that you may not even realize applied in certain problems. Perhaps a supplementary text full of strictly examples would be a good addition to this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars international edition warning August 25, 2010
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The widely available paperback international edition (6th ed; ISBN13:978-0199738519) is sufficiently dissimilar to the hardback domestic edition that students should be warned against the purchase. This is the first time i've found an international edition that'd been edited in this manner. A few of the chapters are merged and reordered, and the problem sets are smaller and reordered. The exercises themselves are the same for the most part, but without a copy of the domestic text, a student is unable to know which to work for a class. If you're purchasing the book for your own reading, this really won't matter (though fwiw a paperback this ridiculously big seems like it'd be a pain to shelve or carry)

I'm just giving it three stars because this isn't really a review.

It's been a few semesters and i've run through some other books in the interim. To make a brief review of the book itself, let me just say that i keep this one at my desk as a reference. The material is very complete and helps fill the gaps where other books have left off.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I dislike this book October 14, 2012
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Well I am half through the semester with this book. And I can't express how much I hate it. I am now looking for a supplementary book. The examples explain next to nothing. The explanation of the theory is okay (not horrible,) but there is no justification for most of the math and formulas used. Much of the book's examples consist of here is the question and here is the solution, how they found it, who knows. There are also several incorrect solution to add to the excitement. In addition to this, nothing is explained in any particular order. Information you need to figure out an example problem in one section, won't be provided until several sections later, this is done w/o any acknowledgement or cues from the authors. The first day of class, our instructor warned us about how bad this book is, and it is by now play to see. Unfortunately I also have to use this book for the following class next semester. It is hard to believe that this is a 6th edition.
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I got the book (with CD) as new as the one my school book store is selling.
This book covers everything that a student need to know about Electronics in University level. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Md. Rizwanul Haque
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book is my go to for electronics as well as circuit analysis. Very well written and worth every penny for EE students!!! MUST HAVE!
Published 9 months ago by jediknightib
5.0 out of 5 stars Book was fine
We did not use this book almost at all in my class, but I heard the example code sections were helpful for some students.
Published 9 months ago by Andy G
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Comprehensive Book - If this is not your first time with...
I'm only on chapter 1 but I really do feel this is one really good book. I have several reasons.

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Published 10 months ago by Ashwith
3.0 out of 5 stars Huge Texts
Can textbooks get any bigger I wonder? I like that it's a hardback, but the size--oh man. Despite the weight and size, it's very informative, and somewhat helpful. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kyoko
5.0 out of 5 stars Electrical Engineering Must Have
If you are going to major in Electrical Engineering get a copy of this book and work out as many problems as you can. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great!!!
good book for electrical engineers!! has good description based on each theory and some print quality...i like it!! Thank you!!
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