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TTL Cookbook 1st Edition
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This book is by far the most practical and well written electronics book I have ever seen, or run across. The methods and rules to follow for using TTL are spelled out so that one can build reliable circuits. The examples given are explained so that one may draw their own conclusions, and use the examples as building blocks or teaching aids to develop one's own circuits.
Time and again, I return to this text as reference. It, along with the CMOS Cookbook, make a powerful set of tools for anyone who wants to build high-reliablility digital circuits.
Simply said, they are nearly identical and there are some sections that are verbatim between the two books.
I doubt I will ever work with real TTL devices since CMOS has replaced it so well.. even mimicking TTL's voltage characteristics in later CMOS versions.
One quarter of the book is TTL datasheets.. which is useful reference. But on the whole, I skimmed the book, set it down and have not opened it back up since the CMOS Cookbook is more current and pretty much the same thing on the scope of logic study.
If I had known the two books were so similar, I'd probably not have bought the TTL Cookbook. Still a good book to understand digital logic though.
It serves well as a reference book. The first few sections of the book gives some introduction of logic and circuit theory. However, if you are new to electronics, then look for an actual circuit theory book.
While some of the information in here is a bit out of date, most of it is still valid today. The specifications for max operating frequencies given in this book are lower than the specifications for current day parts (big surprise), and a very small number of parts listed in here seem to be currently obsolete. The obsolete parts, for the most part, are predictable though. Most of the obsolete parts are for old technologies which are no longer used, like drivers for neon 7-segment displays and nixie tubes. A couple are for displaying information on a standard definition TV. The vast majority of the parts shown in this book, however, are still relevant today.
This book provides good background information on the characteristics of the different types of logic chips, and how to use them. It also provides a healthy sampling of useful circuits which can be made from these chips. Additionally, the book provides you with needed information on how to design your circuits such that they'll behave as expected, and have reliability.
In order to build good, truly reliable circuits, I recommend supplementing this book with "Circuit Designer's Companion." The, "CMOS Cookbook," also by Don Lancaster, is another great companion to this book. With all three books, one should be able to design very nice, reliable circuits which can perform some fairly sophisticated tasks.
I highly recommend this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding Book. I had a copy of this before I got out of high school way back in the seventies. It is still being published for a reason. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. White
I USED THIS BOOK WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL... IT IS A GREAT HELPING TOOL, AND LEARNING REFERENCE!!! A MUST HAVE BOOK!!!Published 19 months ago by Kim Currier
I haven't designed anything using TTL in about twenty years. Purchased the book for information either I didn't know or have forgotten. Read morePublished 23 months ago by RLT44