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Integrated Capacitive PGAs in ADCs, Part 2: Redefining Performance
Steve Taranovich  
5/2/2016   Post a comment
Examples of Capacitive PGA/ADC Applications
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
Smart water control: A strategy based on IOT technology to preserve oceans and sea environments, Part 2
Busy Blogger  
4/28/2016   Post a comment
The “Venus Swarm” project has been introduced as a promising application for IOT technology to preserve marine environments by monitoring some parameters of interest, such as the level of the sea in the Venice lagoon.
Smart water control: A strategy based on IOT technology to preserve oceans and sea environments, Part 1
Busy Blogger  
4/27/2016   Post a comment
The control of a marine environment may be a high priority project especially for areas that are considered points of interest at a worldwide level, such as the Venice lagoon.
MOSFETs Balance Supercapacitors with Zero Power Burn
Robert L. Chao  
4/25/2016   2 comments
How Novel Circuit Design Using MOSFETs Balances Supercapacitors with Zero Current
Designing for Power Density and High Reliability
Bob Cantrell  
4/25/2016   1 comment
Digital power with advanced thermal management solve power conversion challenges
Antenna Diversity: Blessing, Curse, or Both?
Analog Angle  
4/22/2016   1 comment
The wide range of antenna options offers designers many degrees of freedom, but sometimes it can be too much of a good thing.
I Still Have a Vacuum Tube in My House?
Analog Angle  
4/21/2016   12 comments
: The legendary vacuum tube still has an irreplaceable role in mass-market and specialized applications, but that too may be changing due to progress in solid-state devices and designs.
Earth Day: Coal-Fueled Power Plants
Steve Taranovich  
4/21/2016   Post a comment
How electrical engineering technologies are helping us solve climate change issues
Earth Day 2016
Steve Taranovich  
4/21/2016   Post a comment
Earth Day: Earth awareness and appreciation
What's Your RF Integration IQ?
Steve Taranovich  
4/20/2016   Post a comment
How will your RF Integration IQ stack up?
Supergroup Van Halen Was Once Used to Promote PCs
Scott Deuty  
4/20/2016   1 comment
It may come as a shock that PCs were not always common in life and music was once generated through ANALOG technology of vibrating guitar strings altered by pushing pedals, pulling levers, and twisting potentiometers.
Citius, Altius, Fortius
Steve Taranovich  
4/18/2016   Post a comment
The data sheet for the amplifier that I’ve chosen for my application specifies a small signal bandwidth along with a large signal bandwidth, and they are quite different specs. How do I determine if my signal qualifies as small or large?
Reliving Engineering College as I Watch My Son Go Through It
Scott Deuty  
4/15/2016   3 comments
As I sat talking with my son last night, memories of engineering school came back to me.
Diff-Amp Uses a Resistor Network
Dennis Feucht  
4/14/2016   2 comments
Low-cost integrated resistor networks can be used to implement a low-parts-count two-op-amp differential amplifier with low common-mode gain. Integrated onto a common substrate and processed together, resistors of integrated networks match well and are an alternative solution to discrete resistors, especially for amplifiers with a wide common-mode input voltage range.
Implementing Master Slave Synchronization Redundancy
Steve Taranovich  
4/12/2016   Post a comment
Communication networks have relied on a robust synchronization distribution scheme for many years and it’s becoming even more important in today’s evolving networks.
Growing importance of high-voltage fault protection for CAN transceivers
Signal Chain Basics  
4/11/2016   Post a comment
This article focuses on the increasing need for high-voltage bus pin fault protection for controller area network (CAN) transceivers across transportation industries.
An exclusive look inside the Data Center
Steve Taranovich  
4/10/2016   1 comment
Google has recently joined the Open Compute Project (OCP), and has announced a 48V DC power distribution technology to the rack and then down-converted to 1VDC or less as close to the processor as possible.
PI Continuum Simulation: Load Modulation
Raj Nair  
4/7/2016   Post a comment
How do advanced design changes impact power integrity? This is a question often encountered by power-integrity aware IP block designers. And here is where a front-end analysis environment such as Anasim's PI-FP is most useful.
The Benson High-School Electronics Class Rose Festival Prank
Dennis Feucht  
4/6/2016   Post a comment
Every year, a big festival is held in Portland, Oregon - the Silicon Forest - that is not quite as famous as the Pasadena Rose Parade, though its parade was carried on network television in the 1960s, when I was in high-school. In the mid-‘60s, Benson Polytechnic High School was rated nationally as number two behind the Bronx School of Science in New York
Kalman or FIR Filter for my IMU?
Ian Beavers  
3/30/2016   4 comments
In configuring my Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for post-filtering of the data after the sensor, I see options for both a decimation FIR filter and also a Kalman filter. Which one is best for my application?
The Drone Dilemma, Part 6: Drone Racing and Yet Another Acronym-- FPV
Scott Deuty  
3/30/2016   3 comments
It’s finally time to have a fun blog on drones. Whereas the first five blogs were more about the restrictions of drones, this blog addresses the fun sport of drone racing. For the most part, we dodge the restrictions. Like anything associated with drones, restrictions are leaking into drone racing
The thermic diode, a new potentially revolutionary simple electronic element, Part 2
Busy Blogger  
3/29/2016   4 comments
Once the technology is consolidated, the first companies that have taken this challenge will dictate the prizes and will address the new trends of this technology that holds promises of never before experienced thermal efficiencies.
The thermic diode, a new potentially revolutionary simple electronic element, Part 1
Busy Blogger  
3/29/2016   1 comment
The basic principle of the working of the thermic diode is to use the difference in heat between two electrodes to move the electrons in a preferred direction
The stabilization of a big tower building: The electronics applied to the simulation of atmospheric factors
Busy Blogger  
3/28/2016   2 comments
Big cities are fast growing and a large amount of persons are expected to live in big buildings; to ensure the capability of hosting a large number of persons, the buildings are developing in a vertical direction, thus big towers are the preferred solution to satisfy the requirement
When it Comes to Naming, Engineers Have No Lack of Creativity
Scott Deuty  
3/28/2016   1 comment
I got the idea for this story while visiting the home of a friend recently. They had a small dog that liked to run in circles. As a result, it was named Google for the spinning arrow that pops up during the annoying buffering.
Top 10 must-have innovations for power designers from APEC 2016
Steve Taranovich  
3/27/2016   Post a comment
In this slideshow, I will be providing power designers with, what I consider, the top 10 new innovative products and architectures announced at APEC 2016.
Phase noise cancellation in high-speed data converter systems
Signal Chain Basics  
3/20/2016   Post a comment
Clock phase noise or jitter (which is phase noise integrated across offset frequency) is a significant concern for high-speed data converter systems, and in some cases it can limit system performance
How to use slew-rate control for EMI reduction
Steve Taranovich  
3/20/2016   2 comments
Many industrial and automotive applications use the synchronous buck converter power-supply topology; these applications also require low conducted and radiated emissions to ensure that the power supply does not interfere with other equipment sharing the same bus
Capacitance sensing reveals more than just the obvious
Analog Angle  
3/20/2016   Post a comment
Using capacitance to count bees in a hive may seem "way out there," but it’s practical when combined with careful consideration of correction and calibrations factors plus empirical data.
How to extend a controller’s output-voltage range
Steve Taranovich  
3/18/2016   Post a comment
In this post, I’ll describe how to design a power supply using the LM5140-Q1 for industrial applications with a 24V output supplying 3A of load current.
Not Quite Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
Ken Coffman  
3/16/2016   2 comments
It strikes me there is natural evolution happening before our very eyes. What was analog, is becoming digital. For the next step, there are already signs that the digital is becoming software. There’s the well-trodden path: analog becomes digital, digital becomes software.
ADC Digital Downconverter: Decimation Filters and ADC Aliasing, Part 2
Jonathan Harris  
3/15/2016   4 comments
We will continue looking at the AD9680 as an example just as we did in part 1. Similar to the real mode operation of the DDC the normalized decimation filter responses are the same regardless of speed grade.
Keeping it simple still a good idea, for both problem and solution
Analog Angle  
3/14/2016   2 comments
Engineers know that keeping a design simple is a good idea; this assistive cane for the visually impaired reinforces that often-forgotten or ignored principle.
The Birth and Journey of the Ribbon Microphone
Steve Taranovich  
3/13/2016   2 comments
The year was 1924 when Dr. Walter H. Schottky and Erwin Gerlach co-invented the ribbon microphone. The design was made up of a very fine ribbon suspended in a magnetic field that could generate electric signals.
Seemingly Simple Circuits, User-Proof External Supplies: Circuit 3: The Two-BJT Current-Limited Supply
Dennis Feucht  
3/12/2016   2 comments
The improved one-BJT current-limiting supply is not much different than the primitive circuit, though its one additional resistor does change the circuit behavior
I-Sport: How smart shoes powered by smart integrated electronic devices can enhance our sport activities
Luca Difalco  
3/12/2016   Post a comment
Can electronic systems effectively improve your athletic skills, whether you’re a professional or a passionate runner? To try to answer to this question, let’s look at this recently introduced solution.
Slideshow: Medical Prostheses Marvels
Steve Taranovich  
3/10/2016   Post a comment
Engineering advances in the field of surgical amputation and the art and science/technology of designing artificial limbs have made it possible for persons who have lost a limb to receive a prosthesis that is able to function efficiently while looking like the original.
Wurth Book give-aways by Planet Analog
Steve Taranovich  
3/7/2016   19 comments
We are ready to have another great book give-away for next week. This time it will be to the Millennials
Why drive your car to work when you can fly it?
Steve Taranovich  
3/7/2016   Post a comment
I know that heavy traffic, car fender benders, bad weather on major highways going to and from work or stores can be frustrating
Google car accident: What does this mean for autonomous vehicles?
Steve Taranovich  
3/3/2016   8 comments
On Valentine’s Day this year, in Mountainview, CA (Where Google’s Global HQ resides), Google’s autonomous test car in that area had a minor fender-bender.
Seemingly Simple Circuits, User-Proof External Supplies: Circuit 2, The Improved One-BJT Current Limiter
Dennis Feucht  
3/1/2016   7 comments
Ordinary power supply design includes current limiting as a protection feature. In product design, this is usually sufficient in that the engineer decides the loads on the supply by design. However, in some applications a supply must be brought outside the box where it enters the realm of the user.
eGaN Technology Reliability and Physics of Failure
Alex Lidow  
3/1/2016   Post a comment
In this first installment and the next, we will look at the field experience from the past six years of GaN transistors use in a variety of applications from vehicle headlamps to medical systems to 4G/LTE telecom systems. Diving into the failure of each and every part leads to some valuable lessons learned.
Valencell: The heart matters but the ear wins out in the final analysis
Steve Taranovich  
3/1/2016   Post a comment
A good high-quality PPG signal is absolutely critical to proper heart rate accuracy measurements as well as many other biometrics parameters that are important to monitor, such as breathing rate, cardiac efficiency, blood pressure, and other important bodily parameters.
NXP/Freescale on track to combined success in 2016
Steve Taranovich  
2/27/2016   2 comments
I have not been disappointed in the results as the merger was completed in December 2015
National Engineers Week and National Public Radio (NPR)
Steve Taranovich  
2/26/2016   Post a comment
Being an engineer/journalist and remembering my New York University student days at the Bronx, NY Heights campus from 1968-1972 when I became “socially aware”, I have had many experiences during my life when the choice to do what people, managers and others urged me to do something underhanded, sneaky or convenient and sometimes bordering on criminal, but my conscience and moral compass said otherwise.
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