In two editions spanning more than a decade, The Electrical Engineering Handbook stands as the definitive reference to the multidisciplinary field of electrical engineering. Our knowledge continues to grow, and so does the Handbook. For the third edition, it has expanded into a set of six books carefully focused on a specialized area or field of study. Each book represents a concise yet definitive collection of key concepts, models, and equations in its respective domain, thoughtfully gathered for convenient access.

Computers, Software Engineering, and Digital Devices examines digital and logical devices, displays, testing, software, and computers, presenting the fundamental concepts needed to ensure a thorough understanding of each field. It treats the emerging fields of programmable logic, hardware description languages, and parallel computing in detail. Each article includes defining terms, references, and sources of further information.

Encompassing the work of the world's foremost experts in their respective specialties, Computers, Software Engineering, and Digital Devices features the latest developments, the broadest scope of coverage, and new material on secure electronic commerce and parallel computing.

section I

Digital Devices

chapter 1

Logic Elements

ByGregory L. Moss, Peter Graham, Richard S. Sandige, Lynne A. Slivovsky, H.S. Hinton

chapter 2

Logic Elements

ByW. David Pricer, Peter A. Lee, M. Mansuripur

chapter 3

Logic Devices

ByFranco P. Preparata, Richard S. Sandige, Albert A. Liddicoat, B.R. Bannister, D.G. Whitehead, James M. Gilbert, A. George, George A. Constantinides, Bill D. Carroll, Lynne A. Slivovsky

chapter 4


ByJohn Staudhammer, Phillip J. Windley, James F. Frenzel

chapter 5


ByJames E. Morris, Larry F. Weber

chapter 6

Data Acquisition

ByDhammika Kurumbalapitiya

chapter 7


ByMichaela Serra, Bulent I. Dervisoglu

section II

Computer Engineering

chapter 8


ByRichard F. Tinder, S.N. Yanushkevich, Carl Hamacher, Zvonko Vranesic, Safwat Zaky, Jacques Raymond

chapter 9


ByJames M. Feldman, Edward W. Czeck, Ted G. Lewis, Johannes J. Martin, Michael D. Ciletti

chapter 10

Input and Output

BySolomon Sherr

chapter 11

Secure Electronic Commerce

ByMostafa Hashem Sherif

chapter 12

Software Engineering

ByCarl A. Argila, Paul C. Jorgensen

chapter 13

Computer Graphics

ByNan C. Schaller, Evelyn P. Rozanski

chapter 14

Computer Networks

ByMatthew N.O. Sadiku, Cajetan M. Akujuobi

chapter 15

Fault Tolerance

ByBarry W. Johnson

chapter 16

Knowledge Engineering

ByM. Abdelguerfi, R. Eskicioglu, Jay Liebowitz

chapter 17

Parallel Processors

ByTse-yun Feng, Miro Kraetzl, Young Choon Lee, Albert Y. Zomaya

chapter 18

Operating Systems

ByRaphael Finkel

chapter 19

Computer and Communications Security

ByJ. Arlin Cooper, Anna M. Johnston

chapter 20

Computer Reliability

ByChris G. Guy

section III

Mathematics, Symbols, and Physical Constants



ByRonald J. Tallarida