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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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If you have worked in the semiconductor industry for more than a few years I am sure you have heard senior leadership speak about the need for your integrated circuit designs to be first pass successes and not the typical two to three spins or more to reach the targeted performance. The question is this: Is first pass success feasible and should be expected? I do not want to stir up a hornets nest with my response but the answer to the question is that it depends. Depends on what you say? Well, the answer depends on several different interwoven complexities that can determine if first pass success is possible. I would like to explore some possible ways to answer this question. Furthermore, the complexity of this question increases when developing complex mixed signal IC’s.
Fortunately for circuit designers, a new tool is available that can simplify the process of identifying the ESD suppression device best suited to an application, which makes it far easier to incorporate circuit protection earlier in the board planning process. The Littelfuse iDesign™ Online Simulation and Product Selection Tool
. I received a very good reader question from my last blog post regarding the various parameters that are reported by the tool. Let’s take a look at an example and explore the parameters that are returned. In this example we will look at the AD9643-250.
Managing system thermal performance is critical in today’s electronic systems if you are to maximize performance and the user experience. As systems grow more powerful, and in many cases smaller in size, managing the thermal profile has become an ever-increasing challenge. Monitoring the current provides a leading indicator to potential thermal issues.
There are many facets in the cost-versus-performance evaluation of new ultracapacitor materials. Here are some considerations materials innovators need to make.
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