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Analog Devices Design Tools: VisualAnalog
Jonathan Harris  
12/19/2014   Post a comment
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   2 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   2 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   26 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   17 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   10 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   9 comments
Circuit protection technologies safeguard automotive electronics from damaging load dump.
The STEM of All Evil
Ken Coffman  
12/9/2014   6 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   2 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   4 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   2 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.
GaN & SiC Testing Needs Give Rise to a 2,500 V Power Op Amp
Steve Taranovich  
11/26/2014   32 comments
The hybrid IC is not extinct. Hybrids can be tuned to give superior specifications, especially in drift over temperature and noise that cannot be reached with a high volume monolithic device.
Interfacing to ADCs: Power Supplies, Part 6
Jonathan Harris  
11/25/2014   14 comments
In this blog weíll take this one step further and look at driving the ADC power supplies directly from a DC/DC converter.
Advances in Electrical & Computer Engineering: Infographic by Ohio University Grad Students
Steve Taranovich  
11/24/2014   18 comments
Our electronics industry is growing by leaps and bounds at a dizzying pace. We need to educate ourselves as engineers daily in order to keep pace with these incredible advancements on every front.
Top 8 Recent MEMS Innovations
Steve Taranovich  
11/24/2014   18 comments
At the MEMS Executive Congress I encountered some very interesting companies and their creative ideas, which will help bring MEMS to the next level.
Timing the IoT
Steve Taranovich  
11/21/2014   17 comments
How MEMS is helping drive a new generation of SoC solutions.
An Approximation to the Aliasing Effect, Part 2: Mitigation
Victor Lorenzo  
11/20/2014   9 comments
The level of noise produced by the aliasing effect during the sampling process can be reduced in two steps of the signal chain. The inclusion of the anti-aliasing filter, combined with over-sampling and decimation, are effective mitigation techniques.
Are Analog Design Tools Turning Engineers Into Simulation Jocks?
Brandt Braswell  
11/19/2014   17 comments
Over the years, the introduction of more complex tools has enabled much more capability in the circuit simulation arena. These new tools enable exploring circuit interaction to arrive at solutions to complex issues.
Noise Figure: A Review & Calculations for a SE-DE FDA
Signal Chain Basics  
11/18/2014   10 comments
Many analog engineers are familiar with noise, but not necessarily NF, which typically helps quantify a receiver's sensitivity performance.
Digital Power Conversion Enables Wideband & Advanced Topologies
Steve Taranovich  
11/17/2014   Post a comment
Here's our third tutorial tech basic blog to stimulate your questions for our chat session Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Precision Control & High Resolution
Steve Taranovich  
11/14/2014   5 comments
In advance of our chat session on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST, here is our second tutorial tech basic blog; a final one will post on Nov. 17 in order to stimulate your questions for our chat.
What Is Digital Power?
Steve Taranovich  
11/13/2014   54 comments
In advance of our chat session on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 1:00 p.m. EST, we will present three introductory tech blogs on Digital Power.
The Engineering Desk-to-Bench Ratio
Dennis Feucht  
11/12/2014   14 comments
When I was at Tektronix, the desk and bench were two sides of the same U-bench, thus uniting the two kinds of activities into an integrated environment.
Navigating Without GPS Requires Advanced Sensors, Intensive Analog
Analog Angle  
11/11/2014   38 comments
When GPS isn't there, you need an alternative. Radical approaches are now being pursued to provide precise inertial navigation in very small, light, low-power packages.
Is 400V DC the New 48V DC Replacement?
Steve Taranovich  
11/10/2014   16 comments
In response to the increasing interest in 400 V within their industries, datacenter and telecom leaders demonstrated a 400 V DC ecosystem during Intelec, Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, in Vancouver.
Standardizing the Internet of Things: Why Our Money Is on Bluetooth Smart
Radek Tadajewski  
11/7/2014   66 comments
According to Gartner, by 2022 the average consumer will have more than 500 connected Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets in their homes, and PWC has predicted that the IoT market will be a multi-trillion dollar industry by then.
Poor Cell Voice Quality is Largely Not Analog's 'Fault'
Analog Angle  
11/7/2014   12 comments
The assumption is that audio-signal deterioration is almost always an analog problem, but a careful analysis of a wireless phone link shows this is not the case.
Advanced Processor Chip Scaling Driven by Latest Electronics
Brian Coppa  
11/6/2014   10 comments
Last month, one of the top global reverse engineering chip firms, Chipworks, verified the Core M version of Intelís Broadwell processor, using 14nm node size logic processor semiconductor technology.
Seemingly Simple Circuits, Part 4: Diff-Amp Common-Mode Rejection
Dennis Feucht  
11/5/2014   Post a comment
The two inputs of a diff-amp can either be considered independent or be combined as differential and common-mode quantities.
Choosing Analog ICs
Steve Taranovich  
11/4/2014   23 comments
Overspecifying -- or calling for arcane and generally unknown devices -- can complicate the selection process and increase the cost of ICs and discrete transistors. You should never demand hard-to-find parts or unnecessary parameters.
Q&As Say the Most Basic How-to-Dos Remain Elusive, Part 2
Vincent Biancomano  
11/4/2014   Post a comment
Ever expanding engineering curricula have future engineers racing through all the technologies in the classroom but may not leave them much time for learning how to apply them at ground level.
Q&As Say the Most Basic How-to-Dos Remain Elusive, Part 1
Vincent Biancomano  
11/4/2014   Post a comment
Ever-expanding engineering curricula have future engineers racing through all the technologies in the classroom but may not leave them much time for learning how to apply them at the ground level.
Innovation
Ken Coffman  
11/3/2014   17 comments
I intend this blog to cover dryer, technical subjects, but again, letís chat about another hot topic thatís on my mind: innovation.
MegaChips Acquires SiTime: Another Boost for IoT & Good for Analog
Steve Taranovich  
11/3/2014   9 comments
MegaChips is a Japan-based fabless semiconductor company that has the foresight to value the Internet of Things market as a huge opportunity coming faster than most people think.
Interfacing to ADCs: Power Supplies, Part 5
Jonathan Harris  
10/31/2014   2 comments
Previously in this blog series we looked at using a DC/DC converter (switching regulator) in combination with an LDO to drive the power supply inputs to an ADC. What we found was that using the DC/DC converter to step down the input voltage for the LDO was a much more efficient way to drive the power supply inputs to an ADC.
Design Considerations in Modern Wireless Power Transfer Systems: Frequency of Operation
Fady Mishriki  
10/30/2014   19 comments
Recent innovations have led to a variety of wireless power systems that can be tailored to many industrial and consumer applications.
ASSNs: The Proliferation of Sensor Fusion
Marcellino Gemelli  
10/30/2014   4 comments
The growing wearable, smart home, and IoT design communities would like to reliably detect, interpret, and understand their productsí motion to captivate users in novel ways.
Chronicles of Planet Analog Talented Authors: Bill Schweber
Steve Taranovich  
10/30/2014   8 comments
I have always followed and enjoyed Bill Schweberís witty and informative articles from the time he was at Analog Devices on through his time at EDN and EE Times and now as he writes for us on Planet Analog.
Teleportation, Quantum Mechanics & Quantum Bits
Steve Taranovich  
10/30/2014   22 comments
Quantum theory supported by many experiments reveals that the quantum connection between two particles can persist even if they are countless light years away from each other.
Seemingly Simple Circuits, Part 3: Effect of Resistor Tolerances on Diff-Amp Gains
Dennis Feucht  
10/28/2014   12 comments
Resistor tolerances will cause amplification to depart from the ideal. In many seemingly undemanding designs, 1% resistors are not adequate, usually because of excessive CM gain.
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latest blogs
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.
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
After countless years designing analog ICs, Scott Elder still stresses out on four key days during a product development cycle.
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.
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.
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