Each week, the editor of Planet Analog finds items of interest and then features them in two sections, entitled “Also of Interest” and “Elementals”. Each cites items from publications outside the Planet Analog and EETimes portfolios.
“Also of Interest” and “Elementals” is an extension of our belief that engineers are interested in on-going tutorial on obviously relevant topics, as well as the serendipity of exploring topics which are not directly related to their jobs, but which will broaden their knowledge and sometimes spurs innovative and creative approaches. The first box highlights a few items of general interest to the engineer, while the second highlights some basic and tutorial electronic-engineering material.
Among the publications we check are IEEE Spectrum , Machine Design , Design News , Laser Focus World , EDN , Electronic Design , NASA Tech Briefs , Portable Design , and Physics Today , plus others.
Consider these items as “online-only” extras, and worth a look! (Please note: there are also links to the previous weeks' editions, at the bottom).
Also of Interest:
- Use a small thermoelectric cooler at the source of the hot spot, to remove heat only in the critical areas:
“Micro TECs for Spot Cooling on high-power devices,”
Thermal News , page 20, Fall 2009
- Constant natural-frequency isolators outperform conventional mounts and cost less than active damping systems:
” A Better Way to Damp Machine Vibrations,”
Machine Design , November 20, 2008
- Quantum forces create a sticky situation for microdevices:
Photonics , November 2008
- A detailed analysis of the three-color printhead used in Hewlett-Packard's HP 60 Tricolor ink cartridge:
“HP optimizes low-cost processing for inkjet printheads,”
Small Times , September/October 2008
- The advances in filter design techniques in the framework of the evolution of the microwave industry:
“Advances in Microwave Filter Design Techniques,”
Microwave Journal , November 2008
- A capacitor and a resistor that hang on the output of an amplifier change the amplifier's open-loop-gain curve:
“Just use a 100-ohm resistor: Understanding a rule of thumb for oscillating amplifiers,”
EDN , November 27, 2008
- The surest way to eliminate current leakage from a peripheral is to turn it off:
“Optimize Power Consumption in Portable Electronics Using Integrated Load Switches,”
Portable Design , November 2008