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Op Amps: Transconductance versus Voltage Feedback
Scott Deuty  
6/23/2016   2 comments
The subject of transconductance op amps versus voltage feedback op amps has always intrigued me. Therefore, I thought it would be a good issue for the Planet Analog audience to debate.
Virtual Eval Through the Eyes of an ADC
Jonathan Harris  
6/21/2016   2 comments
As I mentioned in my last blog I would like to take some time in this blog to introduce you to the new online simulator tool offered by Analog Devices called Virtual Eval.
Book Review: Linear Circuit Transfer Functions
Dennis Feucht  
6/21/2016   Post a comment
Circuits can often be compartmentalized into stages with only one or two reactances in each stage. These circuits can be formidable to analyze for engineers unaccustomed to using much math, yet Basso’s book presents higher-level circuit theorems or methods that reduce their apparent complexity.
Thinking Beyond Stop-Start
Shaw Lynds  
6/18/2016   2 comments
As the country’s corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards rise, what are car manufacturers to do?
The Munich discovery without which Silicon Valley may never have been born: A resistance story
Steve Taranovich  
6/15/2016   6 comments
There is probably nowhere in the world more closely associated with the electronic components industry than California and, most notably, Silicon Valley. However, one concept that underpins the whole industry - that of electrical resistance - was discovered in Munich, Bavaria, which became part of the German Empire in 1871.
I-Sport: How smart sports equipment powered with smart integrated electronic devices can enhance our sport activities, Part 3
Luca Difalco  
6/15/2016   1 comment
Electronics technology holds promises of increasing prevention of the consequences of traumas occurred during sports activities, and at the same time offers an interesting possibility: people who use wearable electronic devices are challenged to become more aware of their movements and activities throughout the day, making their lives more active and health oriented.
Simple μ C-Based A/D Converters, Part 2: Σ -Δ
Dennis Feucht  
6/14/2016   Post a comment
Microcontrollers (μCs) often contain a comparator that can implement a precise analog-to-digital (A/D) converter (ADC) with the addition of only an external resistor and capacitor. It is a charge-balancing or Σ- Δ (or Δ -Σ) ADC.
DVD Variation with Load Vector Delays
Raj Nair  
6/14/2016   Post a comment
In the following experiment, we explore DVD variance with another aspect of PDN load currents. Here, we explore the temporal relationship between load vectors: time/phase delays between load maxima.
Organic and Printed Electronics: A new approach to electronics, Part 2
Busy Blogger  
6/13/2016   1 comment
What could be the application of organic LED displays in some important sectors of the electronics market such as the automotive market or in the mobile phones sector?
Who killed that component?
James Bryant  
6/13/2016   Post a comment
Why do unstressed components sometimes fail for no obvious reason?
Top 10 recent high speed significant electronics technologies that designers need to know about
Steve Taranovich  
6/13/2016   Post a comment
Top 10 high speed significant electronics events
Four new elements added to the Periodic Table
Steve Taranovich  
6/11/2016   Post a comment
My thoughts are in the area of new and improved semiconductor materials for the future.
Organic and Printed Electronics: A new approach to electronics, Part 1
Busy Blogger  
6/8/2016   1 comment
The introduction of a new material has recently changed the way of thinking in the electronics technology.
Integrated Capacitive PGAs in ADCs, Part 2: Practical Examples
Steve Taranovich  
6/6/2016   Post a comment
Some Practical examples
Time Management
Scott Deuty  
6/6/2016   Post a comment
Managing your time
Simple μC-Based A/D Converters, Part 1
Dennis Feucht  
6/3/2016   1 comment
One useful dynamic application of μCs is as analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). ADCs over the years have gone from complete DVMs as instruments to embedded subsystems, to a few components. This two-part article presents some minimalist techniques for implementing μC-based ADCs.
Intelligent Power Switches for 48V battery applications
Steve Taranovich  
6/2/2016   Post a comment
In the not-too-distant future, high-end diesel and gasoline cars may have two batteries on board: the main one is defined as “48V,” and the secondary will be a “12V.”
Analog and Digital morphing closer together?
Steve Taranovich  
6/1/2016   Post a comment
I have been noticing some very significant indications in the industry where Analog functions are being tied very closely into the Digital realm.
Smart air control: A strategy based on IOT technology to preserve the quality of the air that we breathe, Part 2
Busy Blogger  
6/1/2016   Post a comment
How is it possible to realize an effective control of the quality of the air through the NDIR sensors?
Run RFID run...
Victor Lorenzo  
5/31/2016   Post a comment
Wireless communication enabling technologies are under constant evolution, especially in terms of power consumption efficiency and security. But not always the most dangerous security breaches come from the underlying security platform.
800 Pound Gorilla, Part 2: Letni
Scott Deuty  
5/30/2016   2 comments
If you are in power electronics, you may have been the tail wagged by the dog Letni. In order to power microprocessors, the Voltage Regulator Module specifications were created.
800 Pound Gorilla Part 1: Microsoft Installing Windows 10 Without Permission
Scott Deuty  
5/29/2016   1 comment
Like many people, I’m not fond of Microsoft because of their control on society while disregarding the needs of their customers.
IMS2016: Day 3 Review
Jonathan Harris  
5/27/2016   Post a comment
The IMS2016 IMS show has come to a close on its third and final day.
The Joy of Patenting, Part 2: Why Patent?
Scott Deuty  
5/27/2016   3 comments
I am writing this blog in regards to the question, “Why, patent?” The angle that I am taking is from my own personal patent writing experience for my own inventions.
Signal Chain Basics #113: Precision current measurement optimizes motor control
Signal Chain Basics  
5/27/2016   Post a comment
In this article learn about options for measuring current in motor control applications, the strengths and challenges of these options, and how using precision current measurement can optimize the motor control solution
Smart air control: A strategy based on IOT technology to preserve the quality of the air that we breathe, Part 1
Busy Blogger  
5/27/2016   Post a comment
Air pollution is an issue that is becoming increasingly more urgent to solve, it directly impacts the health of people living, for example, in areas near big industry fabs.
Low emission flight: Electronics applied to zero emission air civil transportation, Part 2
Busy Blogger  
5/26/2016   Post a comment
Efficiency of the solar cells is a key point for wide adoption of UAV aircraft for civil transportation; a great help to the effectiveness of solar energy harvesting may come, one more time, from the electronics technology.
IMS2016: Day 2 Review
Jonathan Harris  
5/26/2016   Post a comment
. The day started off just a little slower than yesterday but quickly picked up pace and resulted in another day of steady booth and floor traffic. I had some great questions about the products we are displaying in my demonstration as well as many questions on our other technology on display at the IMS show.
IMS2016: Day 1 Review
Jonathan Harris  
5/25/2016   Post a comment
I hope that you had a chance to visit the IMS2016 show during the first day. There was a noticeable increase in floor and booth traffic compared to the show last year. Perhaps you all read my preview blog this week and decided to come and check out our great demonstrations at the Analog Devices booth!
Low emission flight: The electronics applied to the zero emission air civil transportation, Part 1
Busy Blogger  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
The airplanes flying every day through commercial air routes for the civil transportation emit exhaust discharge gases increasing the pollution of the atmosphere and, thus, of the air that all of us breathe.
IMS2016: Preview and Preparation
Jonathan Harris  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
Let’s discuss the preparation for IMS2016 and preview the show a bit.
6 Burr-Brown secrets to success you need to know about instrumentation amplifiers
Steve Taranovich  
5/20/2016   4 comments
My dear friend, Neil Albaugh—a veritable analog ‘Wizard’, wrote an often unnoticed handbook in January 2000 at Burr-Brown which stands the time 16 years later and will be still relevant in the future as well---Analog basics are “evergreen”.
Measuring an RMS value on a PSoC5, Part 2: Squaring a Reading
Aubrey Kagan  
5/19/2016   1 comment
The next step in generating the RMS value is to square the readings and accumulate them. We need to descend an abstraction level to understand how to do that
Circuitry: Heal Thyself!
Analog Angle  
5/18/2016   1 comment
The self-healing circuitry of science fiction isn't here yet, but there's significant research underway at NASA and universities to make it into a reality
The Bootstrapped Astable Multivibrator
Dennis Feucht  
5/17/2016   12 comments
Some time ago, I reverse-engineered a low-cost inverter made by Vector Mfg. (now Black & Decker). It uses a classic 2-BJT astable multivibrator (AMV) but with a circuit design twist, as shown below. What is the purpose of R6?
Non-correlation of Peak Noise and Peak Current
Raj Nair  
5/16/2016   2 comments
Is a power grid represented with good accuracy as a complicated mesh of resistances? We answer the first part of this exploration – the non-correlation of peak noise with peak current – in this experimental study.
A Non-Reciprocal Antenna May Yield New RF Options
Analog Angle  
5/13/2016   Post a comment
When a technical advance challenges a long-held assumption, new thinking is needed--but it may be hard to implement
I-Sport: How smart sports equipment powered with smart integrated electronic devices can enhance our sport activities, Part 2
Luca Difalco  
5/12/2016   Post a comment
Tracking and recording athletic activity with integrated electronic sensors
Finding the sweet spot for hybridization
Shaw Lynds  
5/11/2016   Post a comment
Using the Zakeri model, Maxwell Technologies depicts the lifecycle cost savings of using a hybrid energy storage system, featuring both ultracapacitors and batteries, for grid applications.
Measuring an RMS value on a PSoC5, Part 1: Signal Acquisition
Aubrey Kagan  
5/10/2016   7 comments
Measuring an RMS value on a PSoC5
Who ate my dBs?
Steve Taranovich  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
I am setting my signal generator to output a CW tone at a certain power, which per my math, should give a -1dBFS signal at the ADC. However, I am seeing -15dBFS! Who ate all of my dBs?
ADC Digital Downconverter: A Complex Decimation Example Revisited
Jonathan Harris  
5/6/2016   Post a comment
In this installment I’d like to revisit the example that was covered in my January blog post
The basics of 4-20mA current loop transmitters
Signal Chain Basics  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
The most common type of 4-20 mA transmitter is the 2-wire topology, or a 2-wire sensor transmitter
Optimizers and cad tools still cannot replace raw intuition and common sense when it comes to analog design
Brandt Braswell  
5/5/2016   1 comment
The digital design landscape has permanently been altered by the use of sophisticated software tools for use in design.
Optimal Real-Time Microcomputer Architecture
Dennis Feucht  
5/3/2016   Post a comment
Real-time analog-oriented systems often have embedded microcontrollers (Cs), if not DSPs or some synergism of the two.
eGaN® Technology Reliability and Physics of Failure
Chris Jakubiec  
5/1/2016   Post a comment
Field reliability is the ultimate metric that corroborates the quality level of eGaN® FETs and ICs that have been deployed in customer applications.
The Joy of Patenting, Part 1: The Fun Stuff
Scott Deuty  
4/29/2016   Post a comment
This blog is about my experiences in a quest for you, the Planet Analog readers, to get your idea patented and pursue your entrepreneurial side.
10 Tech examples of NASA searching for Alien life: Is anybody out there?
Steve Taranovich  
4/29/2016   Post a comment
On July 23, 2015 Kepler discovered the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a star acting as a sun. This effort helps to find another “Earth” which may inhabit life forms.
Integrated Capacitive PGAs in ADCs, Part 1: Redefining Performance
Steve Taranovich  
4/28/2016   Post a comment
Capacitive PGA Circuit Description and Functionality
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The subject of transconductance op amps versus voltage feedback op amps has always intrigued me. Therefore, I thought it would be a good issue for the Planet Analog audience to debate.
As I mentioned in my last blog I would like to take some time in this blog to introduce you to the new online simulator tool offered by Analog Devices called Virtual Eval.
Circuits can often be compartmentalized into stages with only one or two reactances in each stage. These circuits can be formidable to analyze for engineers unaccustomed to using much math, yet Basso’s book presents higher-level circuit theorems or methods that reduce their apparent complexity.
As the country’s corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards rise, what are car manufacturers to do?
There is probably nowhere in the world more closely associated with the electronic components industry than California and, most notably, Silicon Valley. However, one concept that underpins the whole industry - that of electrical resistance - was discovered in Munich, Bavaria, which became part of the German Empire in 1871.
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