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What’s Driving Interest for Supercapacitors?
Steve Taranovich 12/16/2014 93 comments
Chances are you’ve heard mention of supercapacitors if you haven’t yet implemented them in a system design. That’s because when components experience a 30% compound annual growth rate, it is usually driven by game-changing advantages.
Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out?
Analog Angle 9/19/2014 91 comments
How the cycle has turned: Putting an AM radio into a car was a big advance in the 1920s and 1930s; now, auto vendors are considering eliminating the radio as a standard or even optional feature, due to declining user need and listenership.
RFID & NFC Enabling Solutions: a Closer Look
Victor Lorenzo 2/7/2014 83 comments
RFID and NFC are becoming more and more popular every day. As now mature standards, RFID & NFC are also becoming enabling technologies for adding wireless access in smart metering and other applications.
Voice, Wireless or Infrared Control?
Steve Taranovich 1/20/2015 75 comments
One of the key themes throughout my tour of CES 2015 exhibits was the wireless of infrared control of the Smart Home. Using your Smart Phone or Tablet, exhibitors showed how you could easily control many functions in your home.
Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Areas, Part 2
Paolo Scalisi 9/26/2014 71 comments
Guadalajara is the second biggest city in Mexico, but the biggest city of that country, Mexico City, is moving in the direction of integration of smart energy harvesting technology into the infrastructures of the city.
Invest in a Simulator
Analog Angle 2/18/2014 70 comments
A simple hardware instrument can be a big help when designing circuits for transducer and analog I/O -- if you know what to look for.
What Is Digital Power?
Steve Taranovich 11/13/2014 54 comments
In advance of our chat session on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 1:00 p.m. EST, we will present three introductory tech blogs on Digital Power.
The Big Lie About LEDs
Scott Elder 12/22/2014 51 comments
The world has been told that LEDs are the future, in part because they are economically the right form of long-term lighting and there are environmental benefits as a great aside. Well, maybe the environmental argument is true, but the economical one is not.
Designing With Op-Amps Is Ending
Scott Elder 6/11/2013 47 comments
Are we being forced to move away from discrete IC designs and towards integrated analog designs? The answer may lie within the models that IC manufacturers provide for us to use in our circuit simulations.
Operations per Joule
Brian Bailey 5/20/2013 45 comments
Analog computers use far less power than digital ones. They are also less accurate and less capable of producing repeatable results. Still, since they're often good enough, perhaps more attention should be paid to the analog versions.
Is Communications a Lost Art?
Brad Albing 6/24/2013 45 comments
Business communications should be easy and straightforward. The easier it is, the more likely the companies involved will thrive and prosper. Does it always work that way?
The Diabolical & the X-Ray
Peter Zawistowski 8/2/2013 42 comments
How long does it take to construct a weapon that injures or kills large numbers of people fairly quickly? Probably forever if you're a doofus.
Excel: Conditional Formatting
Aubrey Kagan 3/12/2014 40 comments
When you right click on an Excel worksheet cell, you can change its numeric type, alignment, background color, and other properties. But did you know that you can have the cell change its format if different conditions are met?
This article explains how the latest-generation SiC FETs are ideally suited to new inverter designs with lower losses than IGBTs and proven robustness against short circuits, even at high temperatures and under repetitive stress
There’s a further cool thing you can do with a spreadsheet that most SPICEs can’t. That’s to use the spreadsheet ‘solver’ functionality to adjust component values in the search for a better-fitting circuit – or even to find a set of component values for a circuit you can’t otherwise design.
Infineon MOSFETs have been embedded into PC boards by Schweizer Electronic AG
You now need to adjust component values to achieve some system goal, such as predefined frequency response or time behaviour, and there’s no closed method for working out those values.