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Microelectronic Circuits (Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering) Hardcover – December 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0195323030 ISBN-10: 0195323033 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Series: 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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And I can't express how much I hate it.
NONAMEHERE
The information is presented in a very clear to understand manner, with a logical sequence.
Amy Lockwood
It's a good book in a sea of terrible electrical engineering books.
Angsuman Roy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By AmazonShopper on February 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua M. Moore on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Student on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NONAMEHERE on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Hooks on 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.

REVISION:
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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