CMOS has been called the first “hassle-free” digital-logic family. It is ultralow in cost and isavailable in hundreds of devices from a dozen major manufacturers. It works over a very wide, noncritical power-supply range, and it uses zero power when the inputs aren’t changing and very little power whenthey are. Its inputs are essentially open circuits, and its outputs swing the whole range between supplylimits. As an added advantage, output drive to other CMOS packages is virtually unlimited.CMOS logic is very forgiving of system noise and doesn’t generate much noise of its own. It iseasily converted to linear operation and offers dozens of options towards high-performance, low-parts-count timers, oscillators, and pulse sources.But most important, CMOS is the first digital-logic family that is genuinely fun to work with. It isextremely tolerant of the usual rat’s- nest breadboards and poor power supplies that are typical of experimenter, student, and industrial lashups. Very often, CMOS turns out to be the top choice for digital-logic design, particularly in portable, low-cost, low-frequency applications. These applications includedigital instruments, voltmeters, frequency counters, displays, video games, tv typewriters,microprocessors and their peripherals, electronic music, alarms, remote controls, and much, much more.And CMOS is almost certainly the best choice for teaching and learning digital logic, since it lets youconcentrate on what the logic is supposed to be doing.
The CMOS Cookbook
, and its companion
The Big CMOS Wall chart
(Catalog No. 21399), will tellyou all you need to know to understand and profitably use CMOS. They will show you all the basics of working with digital logic and many of its end applications along the way. Regardless of whether you area newcomer to logic and electronics or a senior design engineer, you will find valuable help and insideinformation here. You can use this book as a self- learning guide, as a reference handbook, as a projectidea book, or as a text for teaching others digital logic on the high-school through university levels.While similar in organization to our older RTL Cookbook (Catalog No. 20715) and TTLCookbook (Catalog No. 21035), very little material is repeated. We have kept the math-free, informalcoverage, the attention to detail, the user-orientation, and the extensive application examples of the earlier texts.