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Planet Analog is an online community for designers and engineers – both newbies and wizards – interested in discussing and advancing the state-of-the-art in analog design techniques, technologies, integration, and application. With design cycles shortening, analog expertise in high demand, and access to the truly experienced analog engineer lacking, Planet Analog fills the gap between theory and practice in a community devoted to the art.

Through experienced analog editorial leadership, blogs, comments, insights, and contributions from experts in-the-know and those who wish to learn more, Planet Analog is a learning playground where analog aficionados can connect daily to hone their skills, share their discoveries, and have some fun.


Steve Taranovich
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As editor-in-chief of Planet Analog, I am fully committed to bring to the engineering community, a full complement of fundamentals, tutorials and in-depth world current event electronics details that affect our lives and the world. I am returning Planet Analog to its former greatness of technical article content for the designer who needs information quickly.

In a busy designer’s day, you don’t have a great deal of time to keep up with the latest in technology and tutorial information urgently needed for your design expertise. I respect that! This is why I will bring you these brief “blogs” (A term many do not like, but in our context here at Planet Analog, this means technically-oriented, in-depth electronics information in a brief 500 word format).

May the electromotive force be with you!

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As an engineer, eventually you will have to insert an equation into your written work or presentation. This can be a struggle as equation editors are not always the friendliest. However, there is good news. The equation editor in Word has improved immensely (I am using version 2010 here). In this blog we look at how to insert an equation into a Word document. As a bonus, there is information on how to insert an equation into a web page with an html code generator website.
Wait a minute. Let’s see if I understand this. (Here I’m channeling you, the puzzled reader, after you’ve grabbed me in the coffee break of a Filter Wizard lecture morning). The frequency of the nth harmonic of a sinusoid is n times that of the fundamental. The nth harmonic distortion is defined as the ratio of the amplitude of the nth harmonic to the amplitude of the fundamental. So the 1st harmonic distortion is… the ratio of the amplitude of the fundamental to the amplitude of the fundamental and that’s… unity. I. Do. Not. Understand.
Single-ended signals are very common, but increasingly signal paths are being converted to differential signals as part of the signal chain. The benefits of differential signaling are particularly appealing with low supply voltage systems and for driving analog-to-digital converters (ADCs).
If you spend any time at all looking at alternative energy sources such as wind power and solar energy, you'll quickly discover one inconvenient truth: alternative energy production is both highly unpredictable and uncorrelated to energy demand.
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