Steve Taranovich, Editor-in-Chief, Planet Analog, 3/16/2018 Comment now
AEM, Inc. did have a small booth at APEC 2018 this year and I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Montgomery, General Manager, AEM. High-Rel fuses and tin whiskers were our topics of discussion. Both of these topics are frequently after-thoughts by circuit designers.
Steve Taranovich, Editor-in-Chief, Planet Analog, 3/15/2018 Comment now
Hybrid IC technology is not obsolete (See my EDN article from a visit to their site in Tucson, AZ here). Apex Microtechnology has numerous products that prove that (See last year’s APEC 2017 offering from Apex here).
Steve Taranovich, Editor-in-Chief, Planet Analog, 3/12/2018 Comment now
While at APEC 2018 last week in San Antonio, TX, there were a great many excellent new offerings and developments for the power electronics industry. Sometimes, what some may consider lesser displays and discussions, can get lost in the shuffle at such an event, so I wanted to highlight some of these 'Gems' that I noticed while roaming the exhibit floor ...
Analog circuit design is increasingly encountering mixed-signal circuits, and analog engineers need some understanding of discrete-time sampling circuits, whether they are sample-and-hold circuits or ADCs and DACs. This article series is a mini-tutorial on the discrete complex-frequency domain and its complex variable denoted as z. Only a few decades ...
Steve Taranovich, Editor-in-Chief, Planet Analog, 3/5/2018 Comment now
Alex Lidow and his team of Michael de Rooij, David Reusch, and John Glaser gave an excellent technical tutorial this morning to a packed audience of Professional Engineers (PEs). The topic was a very timely ‘Maximizing GaN FET and IC performance: Not just a drop-in replacement of MOSFETs’.
Alain Stas, Product Marketing Engineer for Non-Linear Resistors at Vishay Intertechnology, 3/3/2018 Comment now
Before you start building a digital temperature sensing circuit, you must take the pure mechanical aspects (not treated in this article) and the electro-thermal aspects of your design into account. To that end, there are several important questions to consider:
Chris Glaser, Senior Applications Engineer, Low Power DC/DC group, Texas Instruments, 3/1/2018 Comment now
Low-power, double-data-rate (LPDDR4) memory is a popular standard for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks. Both LPDDR4 and its successor, LPDDR4x, require lower supply voltages – 1.1V and 0.6V, respectively – which place demanding requirements on the power converters supplying them.