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How Instrumentation Amplifier Vcm vs. Vout Plots Change With Supply and Reference Voltage
Precision Hub  
1/30/2015   Post a comment
In this post, Iíll use the INA333 TINA-TIô Vcm vs. Vout model to show how the plot changes with supply and reference voltage for a traditional three-op-amp IA.
Signal Chain Basics (Part 97) Faster is Better: GSPS ADCs Enable Wide Bandwidth RF Digitizers
Signal Chain Basics  
1/28/2015   Post a comment
High-speed ADC technology above 1 GSPS has increased in sample rate and performance over the last five years, with new devices enabling direct sampling of the RF spectrum.
Donít Get Caught Speeding
Steve Taranovich  
1/28/2015   2 comments
My amplifier doesnít behave properly when multiplexing channels. What could be the cause?
First Superbowl Ever to be Played Under LED Lighting: A new Era in Lighting
Steve Taranovich  
1/28/2015   30 comments
Unlike the disastrous Superbowl XLVII in 2013, when the Metal Halide stadium lights went out at an inopportune moment, Ephesus LED Sports Lighting, a US-based company that manufactures high-output LED lighting solutions for challenging applications in the industrial and sporting markets, has supplied the Stadium with high performance LED stadium lights.
DAC BASICS, Part 3: Static specifications
Bonnie Baker  
1/27/2015   3 comments
Part 3 is about the static DAC specifications
The Untold Truth About Standards and Specifications
Mike Everett  
1/22/2015   43 comments
Specifications and standards are essential in the energy storage market for establishing the integrity of the purchasing and integration process. But, they seem hard to come by in this industry.
The Power of the Printed Word
Steve Taranovich  
1/20/2015   36 comments
The MIT Age Lab recently worked with Monotype Imaging in an investigation of effects of typeface on the demand of human-machine interactions during a simulated in-vehicle point-of-interest (POI) menu selection task. Their study showed that people could perform a menu selection task faster and with more accuracy depending upon the text type used as well as white text on a black background vs. the standard block text on a white background. Differences were clearly noted.
Voice, Wireless or Infrared Control?
Steve Taranovich  
1/20/2015   71 comments
One of the key themes throughout my tour of CES 2015 exhibits was the wireless of infrared control of the Smart Home. Using your Smart Phone or Tablet, exhibitors showed how you could easily control many functions in your home.
Designers Need to be Prepared for the Optical Backplane and Circuit Protection.
Steve Taranovich  
1/20/2015   2 comments
I have the unique privilege to host two very key panels at DesignCon 2015 in Santa Clara next week. Both panels will be on Thursday afternoon January 29th.
Analog Devices Design Tools: VisualAnalog Part 2
Jonathan Harris  
1/16/2015   Post a comment
First, to make any ADC operate we need to set up the input stimuli.
Kwikset Smartcode Touchscreen Deadbolt at CES 2015
Steve Taranovich  
1/16/2015   10 comments
SmartCode 916 Gives Consumers Broader Range of Electronic Lock Options; SecureScreen Feature Protects Against "Smudge" Attacks
Latchup and its prevention in CMOS
Keith Sabine  
1/14/2015   4 comments
Early CMOS processes suffered a reliability concern that became known as latchup. It resulted in circuits either malfunctioning or consuming excessive power, and could be either inherent in the design or triggered by voltage spikes on IO pads that could forward bias PN junctions they were connected to.
An AC Current Generator, Part 4
Aubrey Kagan  
1/13/2015   3 comments
In parts 1 through 3 I described the construction of the transformer we needed to generate the 10Amps AC. We still had to drive the transformer.
Analog circuit bliss can be yours, with a modest investment
Analog Angle  
1/12/2015   10 comments
You can experience the joys and depths of analog circuit design by reading some recent, and not-so-recent, books; they explore topologies, error sources, components, and will likely spark some creative thinking about solutions to real-world circuitry issues.
Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) finds new applications in the kitchen at CES 2015
Steve Taranovich  
1/12/2015   31 comments
Not much was made of a small corner of the WPC booth which had an application I had not expected, but which intrigued me--Kitchen appliances powered wirelessly via Qi in the self-tuned resonant mode.
The Peak-to-Average Ratio
Ken Coffman  
1/9/2015   8 comments
Hereís something I noticed a while back: how often our problems boil down to optimizing the peak-to-average ratio.
The Shocking Truth About Static Discharge Dangers
Tim Micun  
1/7/2015   7 comments
To safeguard consumer electronics from ESD, develop a comprehensive protection strategy.
CES 2015 Report: Bosch CEO Discusses Challenges to Future MEMS Development for the Industry
Steve Taranovich  
1/7/2015   4 comments
While roaming the halls of CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Thorsten Mueller, CEO of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions. I asked him what challenges the MEMS industry faces going forward towards the billions of MEMS devices in the IoT. Mueller said one key area is the multitude of protocols in the smart home.
Seemingly Simple Circuits, Part 4: Current-Mode Converter Transfer Function
Dennis Feucht  
1/5/2015   6 comments
With waveform equations derived for the valley points of the inductor current, we now construct the current-loop transfer function for the converter peak-current loop, and when we do, sampling effects appear.
MIPI Creates the I3C Sensor Interface
Steve Taranovich  
12/31/2014   13 comments
I recently spoke to Ken Foust from Intel regarding his being the chair of the MIPI Sensor Working Group and the important standards work they are doing there. I also had a conversation with Peter Lefkin, the Managing Director of the MIPI Alliance about I3C.
EMI Noise, Part 3: Considerations for Automotive Applications
Edgardo Menendez  
12/31/2014   7 comments
EMI filtering and transient voltage suppression are two key elements of automotive electronic design. Critical systems in road vehicles must function reliably at all times to ensure driver, passenger, and pedestrian safety.
Design for a Radio-Controlled Car
John Teel  
12/30/2014   54 comments
Radio-controlled toys helped drive me toward a career in electronics engineering.
An AC Current Generator, Part 3
Aubrey Kagan  
12/26/2014   10 comments
Part 3 of AC Current Generator blog
Seemingly Simple Circuits, Part 3: Converter Waveforms
Dennis Feucht  
12/23/2014   Post a comment
The sampling behavior within the feedback loop of a peak-current-loop converter can be discovered by way of its inductor current waveform, the central waveform of the converter.
Apple Watch Illustrates the Battery Life Challenge for Wearable Technology
Steve Taranovich  
12/22/2014   123 comments
There are three basic ways to address battery life for a given device: choose a more advanced battery technology, improve charging, or increase efficiency. Letís have a look at each approach as it relates to the Apple Watch.
The Big Lie About LEDs
Scott Elder  
12/22/2014   51 comments
The world has been told that LEDs are the future, in part because they are economically the right form of long-term lighting and there are environmental benefits as a great aside. Well, maybe the environmental argument is true, but the economical one is not.
Smart Life: The Intelligence of Electronics Improving Our Lives, Part 1
Paolo Scalisi  
12/22/2014   60 comments
Electronic systems can really improve the quality level of our lives. This is the basic idea behind the effort of many big companies in the microelectronics sector in creating smart solutions for a better life.
It Was a Dark & Stormy Night (Because Someone Neglected Circuit Protection)
Timothy Patel  
12/22/2014   14 comments
LEDs are replacing legacy street lighting technologies but demand protection to ensure ROI.
Analog Devices Design Tools: VisualAnalog
Jonathan Harris  
12/19/2014   4 comments
We begin this series of blogs by taking a look at ADIsimADC, which is a quite relevant design tool for Jonathan Harris, an applications engineer in ADI's high-speed ADC group.
Seemingly Simple Circuits, Part 2: Linearizing the PWM-Switch
Dennis Feucht  
12/17/2014   4 comments
The power stage of switching converters can be modeled essentially as a PWM-switch. A switch seems to be far from the kind of circuit element that can be linearized, but it can be. This Part 2 develops a linear model of the PWM-switch
The 4 Most Stressful Days for an Analog IC Designer
Scott Elder  
12/17/2014   7 comments
After countless years designing analog ICs, Scott Elder still stresses out on four key days during a product development cycle.
Whatís Driving Interest for Supercapacitors?
Steve Taranovich  
12/16/2014   88 comments
Chances are youíve heard mention of supercapacitors if you havenít yet implemented them in a system design. Thatís because when components experience a 30% compound annual growth rate, it is usually driven by game-changing advantages.
Tiny, Boring Engineering Designs Can Be Fun
Victor Lorenzo  
12/15/2014   40 comments
Sometimes we have the option to experiment and try to solve problems from a different perspective. Boring tasks can also provide us with the means to get some fun from our routine tasks.
Undersampling: Applications & Techniques With SAR ADCs, Part 2
Ryan Curran  
12/12/2014   2 comments
Running a SAR ADC at a slower throughput can be very advantageous. By providing more time between conversions, the system filter requirements are relaxed, providing more time to acquire the input signal and to retrieve data from the ADC.
Undersampling: Applications & Techniques With SAR ADCs, Part 1
Ryan Curran  
12/12/2014   9 comments
Traditionally, undersampling is utilized in communication applications where a range of non-baseband signals sitting above the nyquist frequency are desired to be sampled. The bandwidth of these signals is less than the nyquist rate of the sampling system.
An AC Current Generator, Part 2
Aubrey Kagan  
12/11/2014   3 comments
When testing, a 10 amp AC current is fed into the module being tested (DUT) and the current is measured across a 25 mΩ shunt internal to the DUT.
Seemingly Simple Circuits, Part 1: The Current-Mode Switching Converter
Dennis Feucht  
12/10/2014   12 comments
The current-mode or peak-current-regulating switching converter is a familiar, almost dominant power supply circuit. Yet it is one of the most complicated "simple" circuits around.
When Bad Things Happen to Good Automotive Electronics Circuits
James Colby  
12/9/2014   15 comments
Circuit protection technologies safeguard automotive electronics from damaging load dump.
The STEM of All Evil
Ken Coffman  
12/9/2014   17 comments
One thing very gratifying over the last few years is the rise of the MAKE meme: Experimenters and hobbyists are back in fashion with our youth.
Slideshow: The Top 12 Innovative Power System Technologies From EPRI
Steve Taranovich  
12/8/2014   9 comments
EPRI published a list of Innovative Power System Technologies, and I have chosen what I think are the top 12 related to electrical/electronics innovations.
Signal Chain Basics (Part 96): Active Loop Filter Designs
Signal Chain Basics  
12/5/2014   2 comments
At the heart of a clocking device is the phased-locked loop (PLL).
EDA Tools Should Be Free
Scott Elder  
12/4/2014   5 comments
The evolution of technology is being hindered by the lack of high-end tool access. Most innovation originates from small organizations with little or no money to pursue their visions.
Itís a Dirty Job, but Some Sensors Can Do It
Steve Taranovich  
12/3/2014   5 comments
I recently toured Freescaleís IoT truck demo at its Tempe facility. There were more than 120 new working demos on display. Here is one of many that I will highlight in the next few days.
How to Leverage Enabling Chip Technologies for MIMDs
Andrew Kelly  
12/3/2014   4 comments
Enabling chip technologies for miniature implantable medical devices include chip-scale packaging, solid-state batteries, micro-electromechanical systems, and application-specific integrated circuits.
Do Electric Vehicle Batteries on the Grid Make Sense?
Mike Everett  
12/3/2014   4 comments
Almost everybody will agree that the power grid is undergoing radical rethinking and re-engineering.
An AC Current Generator, Part 1
Aubrey Kagan  
12/1/2014   9 comments
I wrote an article on this topic in 2000 that was published on Circuit Cellar Online. I believe that the basic information that I wrote about is still relevant and so I am rewriting the article as a blog.
Introduction of New Generation Field-stop Shorted Anode IGBT
Richard Chung  
11/28/2014   9 comments
With the rapid progress in power electronics and semiconductors, each power electronics application has required dedicated and specialized semiconductor switching devices from a cost and performance standpoint.
Parasitics and Capacitor Selection, Part 6: Capacitance
Chris Reynolds  
11/27/2014   Post a comment
Since weíre now halfway through the series, itís probably a good time to look at the nameplate parameter for capacitors Ė the capacitance itself.
Bosch Sensortec at Munich Electronica 2014
Divya Thukkaram  
11/26/2014   30 comments
When I was having a chat with one of my colleagues with whom we shared the booth at Electronica, I saw a young gentleman with a companion moving our demonstration board frantically, checking the connector cable erratically to see an animated blue shark moving in synchronous with the board.
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latest blogs
In this post, Iíll use the INA333 TINA-TIô Vcm vs. Vout model to show how the plot changes with supply and reference voltage for a traditional three-op-amp IA.
High-speed ADC technology above 1 GSPS has increased in sample rate and performance over the last five years, with new devices enabling direct sampling of the RF spectrum.
My amplifier doesnít behave properly when multiplexing channels. What could be the cause?
Unlike the disastrous Superbowl XLVII in 2013, when the Metal Halide stadium lights went out at an inopportune moment, Ephesus LED Sports Lighting, a US-based company that manufactures high-output LED lighting solutions for challenging applications in the industrial and sporting markets, has supplied the Stadium with high performance LED stadium lights.
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