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Improving in 2017
Scott Deuty  
12/30/2016   1 comment
Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree
Jonathan Harris  
12/29/2016   3 comments
Do They Know that "Analog" Makes Digital TV Possible?
Analog Angle  
12/26/2016   4 comments
It takes a lot of unappreciated analog ICs to make digital image capture, editing, and production into today's seamless reality.
Drone Detection: An Interesting RF Challenge
Analog Angle  
12/26/2016   3 comments
Detection a nearby drone is a difficult task for many reasons, but a new system with a sophisticated 3-D antenna claims to be able to do so.
LEDs and the Christmas Light Craze
Scott Deuty  
12/21/2016   2 comments
As the holidays approach so does the decorating craze. LEDs have done a lot to enhance light shows.
Signal Chain Basics #119: 2-wire 4-20 mA sensor transmitter measurement basics
Signal Chain Basics  
12/11/2016   Post a comment
Today my focus is on avoiding common pitfalls when making measurements on 2-wire sensor transmitter designs
Popular Electronics Magazines and Books - Where Are They?
Dennis Feucht  
12/10/2016   13 comments
In the 20th century there have been three main American publishers of popular electronics books and magazines. All were founded by individuals who published material that bridged the hobbyist-technician-engineer gap
Why LGA beats BGA for Digital Power Modules
Bob Cantrell  
12/9/2016   2 comments
LGA packaging has advantages over BGA that benefit digital power modules, including better thermal efficiency, writes Bob Cantrell, Senior Application Engineer, Ericsson Power Modules
The Basics of Efficient Lighting: An Introduction
Scott Deuty  
12/5/2016   Post a comment
I’m going to focus on a single document that I consider a bible on lighting, “The Basics of Lighting Efficiency”.
eGaN Technology Reliability and Physics of Failure, Blog #5
Chris Jakubiec  
11/29/2016   12 comments
This installment will provide an overview of the physics of failure associated with voltage bias at the gate electrode of gallium nitride (GaN) field effect transistors (FETs).
2017: Year of the Adapter?
Analog Angle  
11/29/2016   Post a comment
Adapters which transform old interfaces into new ones will be essential in 2017, but is the quality there?
Amplifier RF: Think Before You Choose!
Steve Taranovich  
11/28/2016   4 comments
When selecting the feedback resistor (RF) for single-ended voltage feedback and a fully differential amplifier, consideration needs to be given to the system requirements. There are trade-offs in the selection of RF, which include power dissipation, bandwidth, and stability.
SIGNAL CHAIN BASICS #118: Time-interleaving high-speed ADCs
Signal Chain Basics  
11/28/2016   Post a comment
For high-speed ADCs, there is a tradeoff between performance, sample rate and power. Time interleave uses multiple ADCs sampling at different times to increase the effective sample rate, while providing the performance of a slower sample rate ADC.
Give Me Back My External Wi-Fi Antenna Connector, Please
Analog Angle  
11/28/2016   3 comments
A passive hardware solution is often much easier to implement than one based on a sophisticated active device; when that option is removed, frustration often follows.
Planet Analog Spotlight on Aubrey Kagan, EE, author, designer, consultant
Aubrey Kagan  
11/26/2016   2 comments
I am pleased to have Aubrey Kagan back as a blogger for us on Planet Analog after a brief sabbatical. Aubrey brings a wealth of diverse design knowledge, Excel tips with a technical, educational, reminiscent, and light, witty style.
Bosch Sensortec IMU: Enabling accurate real-time augmented reality
Steve Taranovich  
11/25/2016   Post a comment
People everywhere are preoccupied with their smart devices, whether it be with their smartphones, tablets, navigation devices, digital cameras or various combinations thereof.
A wireless EV battery management system (BMS)
Steve Taranovich  
11/22/2016   2 comments
Linear Technology is a leader in power management in our industry (but you know that). What you may not know is that they have developed a wirelesss BMS using a high performance, multi-cell battery stack monitor
Measuring LDO Load Regulation for a Novice
Jonathan Harris  
11/22/2016   Post a comment
In this installment of this series I’ll explain how to collect load regulation for an LDO.
Technology and Survival in the Snow
Scott Deuty  
11/21/2016   5 comments
Relying on technology can help you survive a blizzard and in some cases, it can make the situation worse for you, much worse
Designers searching for solid technical information: How good is the Internet?
Steve Taranovich  
11/16/2016   9 comments
In the aftermath of the very unusual election we just had in the US, we have seen how very powerful the Internet can be in influencing people. Caveat: Not everything on the Internet is true. We all know that.
Electronics Lingo & Slang
Dennis Feucht  
11/15/2016   9 comments
Low-cost, minimally invasive piezoelectric MEMS sensor monitors critical brain pressure
Steve Taranovich  
11/15/2016   19 comments
While attending the MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress 2016 (MSEC2016), I met two very bright and capable young men, Nicholas Fritz and Jonathan Garich, from the Blain-Christen Lab at Arizona State University (ASU), School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE).
Did Technology Hurt or Help the Election?
Scott Deuty  
11/15/2016   Post a comment
After the information hammering we all experienced over the last year, I’m sure that the last thing anyone wants to hear about is the election. However, it’s fresh in our mind and technology is surely affecting the outcome.
Inductorless DC to DC
Aubrey Kagan  
11/15/2016   1 comment
I thought I might consider low power DC to DC converters that don’t use an inductor.
Smart Mobility: Electronics technology applied to smart mobility with low impact to the environment, Part 3
Busy Blogger  
11/14/2016   Post a comment
A fast charging setup made by the ABB Company for electric bus transportation in Switzerland
Smart Mobility: Electronics technology applied to smart mobility with low impact to the environment, Part 2
Busy Blogger  
11/6/2016   10 comments
The hydrogen fuel car will be recharged while it is in motion while being exposed to the sunlight, i.e. in presence of solar energy.
Getting to the Core: NASA InSight Mars Mission 2018
Steve Taranovich  
11/4/2016   Post a comment
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior in the core, mantle and crust.
Put the Power of Industry 4.0 in Your Pocket
Steve Taranovich  
11/1/2016   Post a comment
Meet the Pocket IO
Seemingly Simple Circuits: The TL431 Voltage Regulator, Part 6
Dennis Feucht  
11/1/2016   Post a comment
Thin out your breathing mixture as we take the final plunge into TL431 dynamics and consider the output impedance. More strange creatures are sighted at this depth, yet all ends in a good dive
One of the most memorable Halloween events for the Electronics world
Steve Taranovich  
10/30/2016   Post a comment
We all lived through the “Halloween Storms of 2003”; that is, the huge Solar storms that disrupted our Earth’s magnetic field (from 93 million miles away!!). This event took place in the weeks around Halloween from October 19 to November 7
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