Design problems for the real world: Design problems in the end-of-chapter homework problems and real-world examples in the chapters.
Extensive SPICE simulation: Using both Electronics Workbench Multisim and OrCAD PSpice, a full lab experience for students using SPICE. A new Appendix on Design and Simulation using SPICE.
Op Amps anywhere: Op amps are covered in Chapter 2, so students can encounter a real device right away, and start lab experiments. However, the chapter is completely self-contained so instructors can introduce it wherever they like, particularly with advanced analog topics.
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.
Abundant examples and study problems: 55% new or revised study problems.
Digital Circuits Early and Modular: New chapters in Part III, Digital Integrated Circuits, make it easier to teach Digital topics to Computer engineers in a single-semester course. New Chapter 13, CMOS Digital Logic Circuits, lays the foundations for all digital material.
Frequency response in a separate chapter: Frequency response is now condensed into a single chapter (Ch. 9), rather than being integrated within other topics.
Streamlined and Signposted: Shorter, more modular chapters are easier to customize to any class. Visual cues and icons make the book easier to navigate. Explanations to the reader of why to read sections, and how multiple techniques might be used, are much more prominent. A new icon clearly marks topics that can be skipped on a first reading while the student is grasping the basics, or that look ahead to advanced industrial applications.
Semiconductor primer in a separate chapter: For students who have not taken a prerequisite course in Semiconductor Device Physics, Chapter 3 concisely covers the basics necessary to study Microelectronics. (Students who have had a prerequisite will also find this a handy refresher.)
Lab-on-a-Disk: Complete simulations set up, with activities, investigations, and directions to students for Examples in the chapters, and Study Problems from the ends of chapters. Simulated in Multisim and PSpice.
Also, full student versions of Multisim and PSpice so students can simulate their own activities and designs.