Startup Wants to be the ARM of Analog Julien Happich 11/23/2015 2 comments Founded last summer after two years of preliminary research and with several patents pending, Californian startup Circuit Seed embarks father and daughter co-founders Bob and Susan Schober onto a licensing quest for their sub-micron CMOS-based analog circuits.
All the comforts of home: Espresso in space Steve Taranovich 11/22/2015 4 comments Samantha Cristoforetti was the first Italian woman to go to space, but more importantly to some astronauts, on May 3 of this year was also the first astronaut in history to drink Lavazza Italian espresso while in orbit on the International Space Station (ISS).
The Kerosene Thermocouple Lamp, TEG and Mars Curiosity Rover RTG Ioannis (John) Piliounis 11/11/2015 1 comment In the following blog Ioannis tells us how the unique Thermocouple Lamp used the thermocouple concept and got started in Russia (The References and images at the end of this slideshow have history going back to the very beginnings of thermocouple technology as well as some newer more modern industrial uses and applications)
I-Health: How intelligent electronics improve our quality of life, Part 2 Paolo Scalisi 11/10/2015 Post a comment Another scenario straight from the sci-fi channel: programming the light conditions of a nearby planet to simulate and analyze the long-term biorhythmic changes an astronaut would experience on that planet’s surface. Who doesn’t want to find out what it’s like to live on Mars’ time, without leaving the comfort of your own planet?
What is low-side current sensing? Signal Chain Basics 11/5/2015 4 comments A quick reminder, low-side current-sensing is where the sense element, or shunt resistor, is placed in series with the load between the load and ground
From Electronics to Math and Money Madness Dennis Feucht 11/3/2015 8 comments In electronics, we are familiar with bounded ranges on circuit variables, yet the idea of infinity is also common in electronics theory and does not seem to invoke insanity among engineers. This is not the case, however, in other endeavors, and can be found in such varied places as mathematics and global finance.
Developing Prototype Circuits from Home: Part 5, Grounds, References, and Returns Scott Deuty 10/29/2015 Post a comment In this fifth segment, the subject of grounding, references and returns will be addressed. Often times a return path is treated like the drains and sewer lines exiting a building or home. Once the electrons (waste) are in the ground (sewage), they are out of sight and out of mind. For circuits, this can cause issues especially in sensitive signals such as control loops. Even at the gate drive level, interactions of currents can cause false signals.
ESD Protection For High-Speed Serial Buses Paul Pickering 10/26/2015 1 comment ESD has been around for a long time – probably since shortly after the Big Bang. For most of human existence, it's made itself known by macro effects such as static cling and mildly shocking encounters with metal objects. Since the advent of semiconductors, though, protecting electronic devices against ESD damage has been a prime goal of manufacturers; failure to do so can have catastrophic consequences
Who is Really the First to Invent Anything? Scott Elder 10/26/2015 10 comments >“First to invent” is a term of art used under previous United States (U.S.) patent law to define who deserved a U.S. patent. Regardless of your opinion about the recent U.S. patent law changes, from a practical sense it is very hard, if not impossible, to define who is the first to invent anything.
Quantenna, Freescale and 10 G Wave 3 Wi-Fi Steve Taranovich 10/25/2015 4 comments The IBC show in Amsterdam this year inspired the re-thinking of Access Point architecture. Quantenna led the pack with their newest IC solution for increasing the MIMO order (i.e. the number of spatial streams per given channel) in their True 8x8TM radio configuration IC chip for 10G Wave 3 Wi-fi—the first in the industry
My encounter with the world of Bob Pease Ioannis (John) Piliounis 10/23/2015 2 comments I have in my archives a small series of three e-mails I had exchanged back in 2009 with RAP - Bob Pease, regarding a problem I was trying to resolve in a circuit.
Sonolevitation Ioannis (John) Piliounis 10/21/2015 1 comment One's mind may recall the pyramids' potential methods of construction, but again, who could produce at that time such an intense sonowave? Rather impossible. But again......
Meet Ioannis (John) Piliounis, a new contributor to Planet Analog Steve Taranovich 10/19/2015 Post a comment I want to introduce you to a fellow enthusiast of Nikola Tesla’s life and work. John Piliounis and I have been communicating over the last two and a half years via e-mail on various technical/scientific subjects that I believe will be of great interest to you, our Planet Analog audience. I will be bringing you some of these blogs going forward.
Lane changing decisions and beyond: Do we trust them yet? Steve Taranovich 10/19/2015 6 comments Tesla Motors recently introduced their 7.0 “Autopilot” software update for their Model S sedan with lane change and auto-steer capability. Of course, at this point, Tesla warns that the driver, and not Tesla or its software and systems, is still responsible for the ultimate control of the car.
Constraint-driven Analog Placement and Routing Keith Sabine 10/19/2015 Post a comment Although digital design productivity has improved massively since the introduction of synthesis, advanced place and route and timing-driven design, analog design still relies on circuit simulation, manual layout and verification.
Medical advances by NASA in Space that benefit Earth Steve Taranovich 10/7/2015 Post a comment NASA has some of the best scientists and engineers in the world that are challenged to develop manned and unmanned exploration systems that can travel in deep space searching for an answer to “What is out there” while stretching our capabilities to beyond the limits of our imagination
Twiddling the Ethics Knob Ken Coffman 10/6/2015 2 comments I’ve been thinking about ethics recently, but not the generic kind represented by violations like taking a company pen home. And who among us can claim to be purists? I can’t—I have plenty of company pens laying around my office. And, truth-be-told, my war stories get more polished and elaborate each year. Let the stones in my glass house be unthrown.
Electromechanical Displays, Part 1: The Nipkow Disk Dennis Feucht 10/1/2015 4 comments One of the more impressive presentations of a gadget at a recent Maker Fair was a floor-mounted four-hoop device with LEDs along each hoop. The hoops were circular in shape as though they were the longitude lines on a globe. When the contraption was rotated and the LEDs driven under computer-based control, a 3D display appeared. The resolution was visibly low but at inventor shows, it is more the idea that counts than its immediate refinement.
Common-mode voltage for industrial transceivers Signal Chain Basics 9/29/2015 1 comment Most differential field bus technologies, like CAN and RS485, specify a parameter called common-mode voltage. Common-mode voltage refers to the range of bus input voltages, with respect to the transceiver’s ground, within which the transceiver maintains consistent input receiver thresholds.
Analog Devices Design Tools: ADIsimRF Part 3 Jonathan Harris 9/24/2015 2 comments The ADIsimRF tool has many different calculation possibilities which are very nice to have on the hand. These can be useful when either in the lab collecting data or when working on a report in your office. The tool outputs are great to double check experimental results or to set expectations when about to take data.
Mentors are Life Changing Steve Taranovich 9/22/2015 2 comments Sanjaya Maniktala shared this life-changing and life-saving story with me and I thought our Planet Analog Audience would greatly benefit from his experience. I invite you, our readers, to please also share any mentor stories you may have with our audience as well.
Planet Analog Electronics book give-aways series Steve Taranovich 9/21/2015 23 comments I am planning a series of excellent electronics text book give-aways on Planet Analog beginning right now. I will have one new give-away every two weeks. The lucky winner will be the person who has the most worthy comment regarding who should receive the book and why.
Founded last summer after two years of preliminary research and with several patents pending, Californian startup Circuit Seed embarks father and daughter co-founders Bob and Susan Schober onto a licensing quest for their sub-micron CMOS-based analog circuits.
Samantha Cristoforetti was the first Italian woman to go to space, but more importantly to some astronauts, on May 3 of this year was also the first astronaut in history to drink Lavazza Italian espresso while in orbit on the International Space Station (ISS).