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5G: Where is it and where is it going?
Martin Rowe  
12/19/2018   1 comment
Despite the oncoming hype, 5G has a considerable way to go given that deployment is just beginning. We still need much of systems to get into full production. Then, businesses and consumers will have to buy the products.
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 9
Busy Blogger  
12/18/2018   1 comment
This blog series is focused on the wealth of possibilities offered by an interaction between the car’s driver and the smart car powered by means of smart electronic systems that are able to detect the physiological status of the driver and take preventive and corrective actions as well to preserve the safety and the comfort of the occupants of the e-car.
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 8
Busy Blogger  
12/18/2018   Post a comment
The future of the smart car may include a smart seat able to sense the physiological conditions of the driver and acting to keep the driver and the occupants safe, assisted by a smart system empowered by electronic sensors and a smart interactive electronic system.
Simple Circuit Measures Relative Intensity of Two Light Sources
Steve Taranovich  
12/18/2018   2 comments
Can I measure the difference between two light sources with an instrumentation amplifier?
Water harvesting from air: Electronics technology extracting water from air.
Busy Blogger  
12/17/2018   Post a comment
The future development of the Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF) solution for the integration and enhancement of supercapacitors may lead to developing an innovative solution to obtain water from air.
Apollo 8 Christmas in Space
Steve Taranovich  
12/15/2018   5 comments
NASA Orion Launch, Descent, and Launch abort simulator
Steve Taranovich  
12/9/2018   1 comment
I checked another item off my ‘Bucket list’ last week. NASA enabled me up to ‘fly’ the Mars Orion simulator!
Overcoming common challenges driving an amplifier with a photodiode
Signal Chain Basics  
12/7/2018   1 comment
A transimpedance amplifier (TIA), which takes the current from a photodiode and converts it into a usable voltage with low output impedance, can provide effective gain for a photodiode signal.
The current drive current sense circuit
Jerry Steele  
12/5/2018   Post a comment
The op amp-based current sensing circuit described here is not new, it has been around for some time, but with very little discussion of the circuit itself. Somewhere along the line it was informally given the name: "Current Drive" circuit, so we'll call it that for now.
Battery-free power for wireless switches
Troy Davis  
12/2/2018   Post a comment
EnOcean has enabled millions of wireless light switches that do not contain batteries and has now introduced the “Battery-free by EnOcean” seal to highlight the self-powered switches’ benefits at a glance.
Worthy of redesign: NYPD Body Cam device and battery design jeopardized personal safety
Danny Rockett  
12/1/2018   Post a comment
In October, a New York City Police Department officer on Staten Island wore a body camera that unexpectedly began smoking and caught on fire.
The Final Knock-Down for Auto AM Radio?
Analog Angle  
11/30/2018   6 comments
It looks like AM radios in EV/HEVs are going the way of the carburetor due to EMI/RFI and other factors.
Would You Ever Consider Liquid Cooling?
Analog Angle  
11/30/2018   Post a comment
Liquid-based cooling of electronics is rarely the preferred solution to thermal management, but it may be the only one; improvements in the underlying components may make it a more-palatable option.
When Grounds are Separated
Frederik Dostal  
11/22/2018   3 comments
Where do I connect the grounds of switching regulators?
The e-health program, a new approach to health care, by utilizing electronics technology, Part 5
Busy Blogger  
11/22/2018   Post a comment
The electronics industry is contributing to the safety and the improvement of quality of life for people, by means of increasingly efficient, reliable and effective microelectronics solutions being at the central core technology of medical instrumentation
i-Robot: A new approach to robotics to make our life easier and safer, Part 11
Busy Blogger  
11/22/2018   Post a comment
Robotics can be empowered by solutions from electronics technology to realize systems with incredible effectiveness that can perform like an artificial hand able to replace a real human hand without the need for surgery and being, at the same time, cheaper than other similar solutions
A Time of Giving Thanks
Jonathan Harris  
11/21/2018   Post a comment
It is imperative to understand how a device or system will respond when subjected to radiation so that its operation in the harsh, radiation-rich environment of space can be predicted.
DC precision considerations for high speed amplifiers, Insight #3
The Signal Sped Up  
11/15/2018   2 comments
This part 3 will progress through the different VFA approaches with Part 4 moving on to CFA and FDA DC precision considerations
The e-health program, a new approach to health care, by utilizing electronic technology, Part 4
Busy Blogger  
11/15/2018   Post a comment
This blog series is focused on how electronics technology could enhance human health. The quality of human life is correlated to the quality of sleep hours
Driving the reference input on a SAR ADC
Signal Chain Basics  
11/15/2018   Post a comment
In this article, I’ll provide an overview of SAR ADC reference input behavior and reference input drive circuit topologies
The role of Sensors in the industrial IoT (IIoT)
Steve Taranovich  
11/14/2018   Post a comment
Industry 4.0 is the next generation of the manufacturing industry. A factory composed of smart devices is referred to as a Smart Factory.
LED controllers and switches improve Matrix Lighting
Nazzareno (Reno) Rossetti  
11/10/2018   Post a comment
Modern automotive matrix lighting often utilizes strings and matrices of LEDs, requiring an increasing number of integrated circuits to control them. New designs must usually pack more electronics in the same or a smaller space.
PSMA Energy Management Technical Committee has a Leadership Opportunity
Steve Taranovich  
11/10/2018   Post a comment
The PSMA Board of Directors is looking for one or more volunteers interested in providing leadership for the Energy Management Technical Committee.
Electrophysiology: Neural Probes and Epilepsy
Steve Taranovich  
11/10/2018   Post a comment
Technology is advancing and can allow for seizure detection, recording a seizure diary for doctors to see, and seizure forecasting
SPICE Models for Ceramic Capacitors ... (Nearly) Better Than the Real Thing?
Alain Stas  
11/10/2018   2 comments
No SPICE model can be better than the real measurements performed on electronic components, which are sometimes patiently gathered over the course of weeks and years.
National Geographic's Mars, Season 2
Steve Taranovich  
11/8/2018   Post a comment
This new season brings industry and science together in an uncomfortable, evolving struggle for necessary co-existence with different priorities and goals.
Steve Taranovich  
11/3/2018   1 comment
I was pleasantly surprised that the two most powerful presentations, at MSEC 2018, that will greatly benefit the MEMS industry, were from US Federal Government-funded agencies.
Nuvation Space DAQ solution: Pyrotechnics and electronics
Steve Taranovich  
11/2/2018   5 comments
Nuvation designed and built a data acquisition system for Space Systems Loral (SSL)
Digital Isolation solutions
Aubrey Kagan  
11/2/2018   1 comment
Digital isolation can solve ground loop issues, cater for level shifting, separate dangerous voltages and provide surge isolation. There is a myriad of ways of achieving digital isolation depending on your application and budget. The technology used can be optical, magnetic or capacitive coupling and sometimes a combination.
Using environmental sensors to enable autonomous mobility at MSEC
Steve Taranovich  
11/1/2018   Post a comment
One of the very informative presentations at the MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress (MSEC) this week was given by Marcellino Gemelli, Director of Global Business Development from Bosch Sensortec
Input and Output Voltage Range Issues for High Speed CFAs and FDAs, Insight #2
The Signal Sped Up  
10/27/2018   2 comments
Here, we will pick I/O range options for the remaining two most popular high-speed amplifier types: High Speed CFAs and FDAs
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 7
Busy Blogger  
10/26/2018   1 comment
The future of the smart car encompasses some smart functionalities such as the recognition of the driver and the passenger by means of an ocular scanning; it can be done by inserting a camera into the body of a smart e-car to detect and identify the presence of people inside the car.
Solving for electrical fast transients in your designs
Signal Chain Basics  
10/26/2018   Post a comment
Although the name seems generic enough to encompass all kinds of voltage transients, electrical fast transients (EFTs) are pulses in systems that come as a result of a voltage source suddenly switching onto or off of an inductive load.
When Vendor Numbers Defy Ohm's Law
Analog Angle  
10/25/2018   6 comments
The basic component values associated with the low-voltage AC charging circuit for the Ring2 video doorbell have me wondering if I am missing some basic understanding.
What's the Impact of Medical-Design Mandates?
Analog Angle  
10/24/2018   1 comment
Medical devices from wearable to big machines embody leading-edge technologies, but they also must meet an enormous menu of safety, power, and EMC standards that have major effects on design innovation, flexibility, and time to market.
DARPA's Ron Polcawich at MSEC 2018
Steve Taranovich  
10/23/2018   2 comments
Dr. Ron Polcawich, program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) of DARPA will be delivering a Keynote at the MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress (MSEC 2018)
Driving a Unipolar Gate Driver in a Bipolar Way
Steve Taranovich  
10/23/2018   2 comments
Do you need a specialized gate driver to deliver positive and negative voltages?
ECG Biometrics for automobile safety
Steve Taranovich  
10/18/2018   2 comments
I am always looking for ways to make our roads safe with engineering technology, especially with the advent of autonomous vehicles.
OmniVision Technology for improved surveillance imaging
Steve Taranovich  
10/17/2018   Post a comment
OmniVision has a really talented team of designers and engineers that have developed some state-of-the-art camera front ends with low noise and low power consumption IC designs.
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 6
Busy Blogger  
10/17/2018   Post a comment
Electronics technology is able to increase the level of interaction between the driver and the smart car.
ADI Standard Space Products Screening: Group A Testing
Jonathan Harris  
10/17/2018   Post a comment
There are many screening steps performed on space qualified components. In this installment we will pick up at step 18 with Group A screening.
The Transformer - Friend or Foe?
Gene Sheridan  
10/17/2018   3 comments
Transformers are the primary reason that AC-DC power systems have seen little improvement in power densities over the past three decades
Critical Launch Abort Systems
Steve Taranovich  
10/16/2018   10 comments
On Thursday, October 11, the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Soon after the launch, there was a problem with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted
Understanding current sense amplifier data sheets to maximize safety system design margins
Signal Chain Basics  
10/15/2018   2 comments
The electrification of vehicles has spurred an increased demand in accurate current measurement in new electronic drive systems. Just like in the electrified power-train, accurate measurement of current is one method to improve ADAS design margins.
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 5
Busy Blogger  
10/15/2018   1 comment
The Nuance Company's Dragon Drive Voice Recognition and Ocular Scanning for safer driving
Data Acquisition and Instrumentation: Data Processing and Calibration
Dennis Feucht  
10/15/2018   Post a comment
Previously we looked at the electronics and sensors involved in data acquisition systems (DASs). Now we look at what to do with the raw ADC data once it is acquired.
Data Acquisition and Instrumentation: The DAS and Sensors
Dennis Feucht  
10/4/2018   Post a comment
This is a tutorial presentation of principles of instrumentation that is typically multi-channel, medium to high resolution (12 to 20 bits) and relatively slow - slower than oscilloscopes in sample rate
NASA is 60 years old and is now a Spaceport
Steve Taranovich  
10/4/2018   1 comment
NASA has explored and is still exploring our universe and beyond. In this effort they have created so many things for space that greatly benefit our Planet Earth
Current Sensing Considerations in Li-ion Battery Management
Jerry Steele  
10/2/2018   Post a comment
Battery management encompasses two main functions: 1. Charging adapter, and 2. Battery fuel gauging and protection on the battery side.
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