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NASA Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE)
Steve Taranovich  
2/17/2018   2 comments
Recently, an amateur astronomer, Scott Tilley in Roberts Creek, British Columbia, amazingly found NASA’s IMAGE spacecraft more than 12 years after it went dark.
Autonomous Vehicles in Transportation, Part 3: Industry Players
Scott Deuty  
2/17/2018   2 comments
The days of emerging car companies have returned due mostly to innovation with companies such as Tesla and Bandu.
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 3
Busy Blogger  
2/17/2018   Post a comment
Electronics technology is contributing heavily to the automotive industry with ICs for the DC-DC conversion utilized in the creation of voltages suitable for the central processor to enable actuators and to process the signals coming from the electronic sensors.
Units, Pseudo-Units, Scaling Factors, and Units Conversion
Dennis Feucht  
2/16/2018   Post a comment
The additional connection between numbers and the physical world is achieved through the use of units
Radically Rethinking Antennas
Analog Angle  
2/16/2018   Post a comment
Antennas have come a very long way from the classic metal-element versions; are you ready for their next phases?
Autonomous Vehicles in Transportation, Part 2: The Government's Involved
Scott Deuty  
2/9/2018   2 comments
Autonomous vehicle operation has no choice other than to have government involvement.
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 2
Busy Blogger  
2/9/2018   1 comment
The electric car is going to become a widely adopted solution that guarantees a sustainable mobility with zero harmful emissions that are dangerous, especially for urban environments; this is pollution that its citizens breathe
We become what we behold
Publisher's Perspective  
2/8/2018   2 comments
In this first column of 2018, the publisher of ASPENCORE reflects on our journey the last three years and glimpses ASPENCORE’s future
Include the op amp gain bandwidth product in the Rauch low-pass active filter performance equations
Michael Steffes  
2/8/2018   Post a comment
Include the op amp gain bandwidth product in the Rauch low-pass active filter performance equations
Low Side RDS(on) Current Sensing
Jerry Steele  
2/5/2018   Post a comment
Motor drive applications with totem pole outputs often only need to sense current in the low side switch(es) of their phase(s). Including a shunt and an amplifier is a simple and obvious solution, and is really preferred if high accuracy is the objective
High-Efficiency Analog Amplifiers, Part 3: Optimal Parallel-Segmented Voltages
Dennis Feucht  
2/5/2018   Post a comment
Optimal parallel-segment amplifier voltages are derived so that for either resistive or constant-current loads, the power dissipation in the parallel transistors is the same.
Top 10 most helpful engineering books for 2017
Steve Taranovich  
2/2/2018   Post a comment
The following ten books from 2017 are some of the best that I have found to be very educational and timely for engineers.
Increase Power Conversion Efficiency with Intermediate Voltage
Steve Taranovich  
1/31/2018   Post a comment
How do you increase the efficiency of a power converter with high voltage input and low voltage output?
Gen 2 Formula E racing car: Batman would be envious
Steve Taranovich  
1/31/2018   Post a comment
Season 4 of the Formula E Electric Street Racing Series introduces its new racing vehicle
Take a 2018 look at NASA Spinoffs for Planet Earth
Steve Taranovich  
1/28/2018   1 comment
Let’s take a look at just a sampling of the latest NASA technology used for space and see what it is also able to do for humans here on Earth
Rauch filter basics
Steve Taranovich  
1/28/2018   Post a comment
This is a multiple-feedback (MFB) filter architecture in which there is less sensitivity to component variations than many other filter architectures
A Quick Overview of Radiation Effects - Single Event Effects
Jonathan Harris  
1/25/2018   Post a comment
The focus of this blog series will be more on the non-permanent single event effects (SEE) of radiation.
Draining Data Center power: Bitcoin mining
Steve Taranovich  
1/23/2018   Post a comment
In the virtual currency realm, creating a new Bitcoin will require a great amount of power to be drawn from the power supplies in the data/server racks filled with power-hungry processors turning energy into “gold”
It's time to advance your clock
Graham Mostyn  
1/21/2018   Post a comment
The advent of smart, connected appliances has created higher demands on clock performance. This article explains how the designer can meet these challenges while reducing technical risk, design time and bill of materials. We look at the options of quartz crystals, quartz crystal oscillators (XOs) and highly-integrated clock solutions using quartz and MEMS-based technology
Mechatronics: The amplifier
Steve Taranovich  
1/20/2018   Post a comment
Some aspects of amplifiers as they relate to Mechatronics
Amateurish Equipment
Jerry Steele  
1/17/2018   4 comments
In the tradition of Application Engineering greats such as the late Jim Williams, I have a lab at home that I have equipped to do credible testing which results in a document that contains test equipment info, test schematics, and test results.
I2C switches: a closer look
Signal Chain Basics  
1/16/2018   Post a comment
Despite this reputation, I2C does have its challenges: a limited number of bits for a unique address can create address conflicts, or multiple devices may require different input voltages. Although solving these problems may seem straightforward, there are implication challenges to consider
Robotics for future young engineers
Steve Taranovich  
1/14/2018   3 comments
As engineers, we all need to be introducing youngsters of all ages to the excitement and challenges in engineering. One of the most exciting areas for the young, budding engineer is Robotics.
i-Robot: A new approach to robotics to make our life easier and safer, Part 10
Busy Blogger  
1/14/2018   Post a comment
Scientists have unveiled the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside the laboratory.
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 1
Busy Blogger  
1/14/2018   Post a comment
This exceptionally smart car could shrink its structure on demand to reduce the required space to park the car. This is not just an idea.
Autonomous Vehicles in Transportation, Part 1
Scott Deuty  
1/13/2018   Post a comment
The autonomous automobile seems to come and go as a subject in the media as does the autonomous truck for shipping. This trendy topic has a lot of concepts that affect engineering and design.
Engineering Disasters of the The Glass Era: Hum bucking, Reflex receivers, Mad Man Muntz
Jerry Steele  
1/8/2018   3 comments
A bit of nostalgia and tech info combined with an ‘engineering disaster’.
The Mobile Revolution
Gene Sheridan  
1/8/2018   Post a comment
Mobile devices have seen amazing improvements in the last 2-3 decades. Smartphones now have more than 2.5x the computing power of a 1985 Cray-2 supercomputer.
High-Efficiency Analog Amplifiers, Part 2: Series and Parallel Segmented Amplifiers
Dennis Feucht  
1/6/2018   3 comments
Segmented amplifiers are analog amplifiers that switch on different transistors over the input-waveform voltage range, thereby limiting the voltages across them and hence their power dissipation.
Analog Mechatronics
Steve Taranovich  
1/5/2018   Post a comment
I will be publishing a series of tutorials regarding Analog Mechatronics on Planet Analog over the next few months.
Positive Train Control (PTC) 'implementation delays' rears its ugly head again
Steve Taranovich  
1/4/2018   Post a comment
Once again, a we have a recurring nightmare, a train operator incident causing a deadly train accident, lives lost, many injuries--- lives could have been saved with Positive Train Control (PTC).
The Father of Massive MIMO
Steve Taranovich  
1/2/2018   Post a comment
Marzetta’s revolutionary work on antenna arrays began as an academic idea, it is now one of the hottest topics in wireless and will be a cornerstone of next-generation mobile technology
Signal Chain Basics #131: RF-sampling DACs for multiband transmitters
Signal Chain Basics  
1/2/2018   Post a comment
High-speed data converters now digitize or generate signals directly at radio frequencies up to several gigahertz, replacing traditional radio-frequency (RF) components like mixers, local oscillators (LOs) and amplifiers. This article focuses on the transmitter (downlink) using an RF sampling digital-to-analog converter (DAC); my next article will cover the receiver (uplink)
High-Efficiency Analog Amplifiers, Part 1: The Efficiency-Linearity Tradeoff
Dennis Feucht  
1/2/2018   Post a comment
Switching amplifiers, like switching power supplies, are more efficient than linear or analog amplifiers. However, the analog amplifier is not obsolete just yet; new circuit ideas improve its efficiency to be comparable to switching amplifiers. This article presents some of those ideas
Battery Charging at Low Temperatures
Victor Chertakovsky  
12/27/2017   Post a comment
Low-temperature Batteries Charge/Discharge
When an Input is an Output
Jerry Steele  
12/25/2017   1 comment
How using an input as an output could save an op amp
HVAC Upgrade Shows Interconnect Complexity of These "Simple" Systems
Analog Angle  
12/25/2017   1 comment
It’s easy to assume those people’s systems are simple when you don’t know the realities of their intricacies or history.
Giving Connector Contacts Adequate Consideration
Analog Angle  
12/22/2017   2 comments
The humble metal contact inside a multipin connector comes in a wide variety of configurations, for good reasons – do you know them?
A Quick Overview of Radiation Effects
Jonathan Harris  
12/21/2017   Post a comment
While brainstorming on topics to write about this month it occurred to me to combine the two areas in which I’ve worked and talk a bit about a few types of radiation effects on high speed ADCs.
Smart Energy Harvesting: A new method for electronics, Part 2
Busy Blogger  
12/19/2017   3 comments
Recently, a new type of batteries for electronics have been introduced with a high efficiency up to 44%, this achievement goes in the direction of a smart effective utilization of solar renewable energy
When toys, Heathkit and TV/movie serials made the engineer
Steve Taranovich  
12/19/2017   7 comments
When I was a young child in the 1950s, one year I received a Christmas toy called the Marx Cape Canaveral Missile Base from my parents.
Flexible Hybrid Electronics, a new frontier for electronics: Part 2
Busy Blogger  
12/18/2017   Post a comment
Flexible electronics is quickly becoming an interesting field of application of electronics technology because it offers the possibility to build wearable, smart, integrated systems that can monitor human activity.
Traffic Lights, Control and Intelligence, or Lack Thereof
Scott Deuty  
12/14/2017   1 comment
If there is one thing in human society that appears to lack intelligence, it’s a traffic light. As I researched this subject, I came across many references regarding how traffic lights are controlled.
Case Study: Medical Laser System; Part 4: Laser System Design
Dennis Feucht  
12/13/2017   Post a comment
In this fourth part, the design of the whole laser loop is completed, beginning with the dynamics
Six Robots and technology for nuclear disasters
Steve Taranovich  
12/11/2017   2 comments
Robots and Nuclear disasters
SiC power elements provide Formula E racing improvements for the new 2018 season
Steve Taranovich  
12/9/2017   2 comments
In this article, I would like to take a look at the DC/DC converter in a Formula E racing Electric Vehicle (EV) motor drive architecture.
Flexible Hybrid Electronics, a new frontier, Part 1
Busy Blogger  
12/8/2017   Post a comment
Nanoparticles have demonstrated their usefulness because the physical dimensions of such particles are comparable to the dimensions of the molecular structure of a living organism
A New Trilogy of LTSpice Circuits With NTC Thermistors, PART III: A Last Burst of LTSpice Simulations for Temperature Control Circuits (LTC1040, LT8391 and more)
Alain Stas  
12/7/2017   1 comment
We are going to end our latest trilogy of LTSpice simulations with another demonstration of the powerful computing capabilities of this SPICE software in the field of NTC thermistor temperature control.
Get Ready for Retro Audio Cassettes & Landline Phones
Analog Angle  
12/3/2017   4 comments
Those “good old days” of analog cassette tapes and landline phones aren’t coming back, but there are still people who like them and the niche they represent.
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Recently, an amateur astronomer, Scott Tilley in Roberts Creek, British Columbia, amazingly found NASA’s IMAGE spacecraft more than 12 years after it went dark.
Electronics technology is contributing heavily to the automotive industry with ICs for the DC-DC conversion utilized in the creation of voltages suitable for the central processor to enable actuators and to process the signals coming from the electronic sensors.
The additional connection between numbers and the physical world is achieved through the use of units
Antennas have come a very long way from the classic metal-element versions; are you ready for their next phases?
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