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Is soldering by hand still needed?
Analog Angle  
3/25/2019   6 comments
There are signs that hand soldering of wires is seeing revived interest, but some of the how-to tutorial information out there is very incorrect.
An E96 formula: How Can You Resist It?
The Filter Wizard Remastered  
3/16/2019   4 comments
These days, I often code design equations for filter circuits directly into sequences of Excel cells
The Solar Boat: Electronics preserving the environment, Part 1
Busy Blogger  
3/16/2019   1 comment
The introduction of the solar boat is necessary to preserve our planet, which is mainly covered by water; the autonomous drive option is a pleasant alternative
Pre-APEC latest Product Introductions
Steve Taranovich  
3/14/2019   2 comments
Leading up to APEC have been a slew of new introductions by various suppliers. I wanted to highlight some of that here on Planet Analog for your information
SAR Converter with PGA Achieves Dynamic Range of 125 dB
Steve Taranovich  
3/13/2019   2 comments
Could a 16-bit SAR converter application reach a dynamic range of 125 dB at 600 kSPS?
Boeing MAX 8: Technological advances and pilot training
Steve Taranovich  
3/13/2019   9 comments
My ‘gut feel’ as an Electronics Engineer tells me that the need for more adequate and intensive pilot training is a strong possibility
Brushless-DC motor systems for the uninitiated
Signal Chain Basics  
3/11/2019   2 comments
Most people are not familiar with electromechanical spinning. My goal here is to attempt to explain brushless-DC motors simply
Stability Issues and Resolutions for High Speed Voltage Feedback Op Amps, Insight #6
The Signal Sped Up  
3/10/2019   1 comment
Emerging issues and paths to improve the Phase Margin (PM) for VFA stages that have slipped into perhaps an unsuitably low margin condition
Ping! And the accuracy is gone
The Filter Wizard Remastered  
3/9/2019   1 comment
In some articles on driving sampling ADCs, you see the settling behaviour at the inputs being tweaked with resistors and capacitors. It’s good to see the subject raised, but the treatment always seems rather empirical to me, and doesn’t explain where all the ringing you see comes from.
Why I am so proud of my membership in IEEE Eta Kappa Nu
Steve Taranovich  
3/7/2019   1 comment
I am presently reading the February issue of the ‘Bridge’, the magazine of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu honor society.
What do Analog Engineers do when they meet socially?
Steve Taranovich  
3/3/2019   1 comment
The simple answer is to just attend the annual Analog Aficionados dinner in Silicon Valley and see for yourself
Texas Instruments enters the BAW resonator technology realm
Steve Taranovich  
3/2/2019   1 comment
This effort is critical to the efficient movement and analysis of large amounts of data. With the addition of a connected MCU, TI now has a really neat dynamic duo solution that will enable a new level of performance in technology
The smart wallet: A new solution for spending crypto funds via smart electronic devices
Busy Blogger  
2/27/2019   1 comment
The smart wallet is a device able to give access to crypto funds by managing the electronic currency in a safe mode.
Enablement of Batteryless Applications with Wireless Power
Steve Taranovich  
2/27/2019   1 comment
My application doesn’t have a battery. Is it possible to power it wirelessly?
Alias, damned alias and statistics
The Filter Wizard Remastered  
2/26/2019   1 comment
Every so often someone publishes an article discussing aliasing. I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon – you know, that one in the movies whose wheels seem to be rotating the wrong way. Is aliasing a problem?
Old vs. New Transistor Radio Exemplifies Advances
Analog Angle  
2/25/2019   1 comment
This old-time, multi-transistor Sony TFM-6100W AM/FM radio may be an antique, but it provides a frame of reference to show how far radio technology and products have come in a few decades.
Automatically balance Supercapacitor leakage in 12V systems
Steve Taranovich  
2/25/2019   4 comments
Robert Chao, president and founder of ALD Inc. just engineered and introduced a board that enables leakage current balancing for 12-volt systems used in automotive, gap power and remote monitoring applications.
Who, what and why?
The Filter Wizard Remastered  
2/25/2019   3 comments
Welcome to Filter Wizard Remastered – Kendall’s world of signals and circuit stuff! There’s lots to talk about across many different domains and disciplines, and also the chance to lighten up your daily grind a little.
Will Cars Soon Need Their Own ECM?
Analog Angle  
2/25/2019   1 comment
Cars are incorporating radar and other external-facing signal, and may soon have intervehicle data links; they may soon be the victims of deliberate jamming, thus requiring electronic countermeasures.
Nikola Tesla: EDN and Planet Analog's best articles
Steve Taranovich  
2/19/2019   2 comments
Nikola Tesla was an extraordinary, but very eccentric inventor. His rivalries with Thomas Edison are famous. He died more than 75 years ago, but his discoveries and ideas have helped shape modern electricity, including Wireless Power
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 13
Busy Blogger  
2/19/2019   1 comment
The e-car concept is progressively developing through the massive utilization of electronics solutions inside the car which is making driving safer, more comfortable and highly interactive with the driver.
Isabellenhutte reduces contact resistance and heat development with ISA-CON 450
Steve Taranovich  
2/14/2019   1 comment
Copper alloy for fasteners with better thermal conductivity and lower electrical resistance than Stainless Steel
Planet Analog's top reader picks in the last six years
Steve Taranovich  
2/12/2019   Post a comment
Let’s go back a few years and see the top ten tech blogs that Planet Analog readers liked best
Smart baggage: A new electronic solution to track your baggage
Busy Blogger  
2/12/2019   2 comments
Recently, a new introduction has been proposed by the Piquadro Company which presents the Black Square, a new collection of baggage that can be easily tracked by means of electronics technology
Proton irradiation to enhance or degrade semiconductor performance
Steve Taranovich  
2/11/2019   1 comment
I was not aware of was the technique of doping semiconductors using radiation defects that are produced by irradiation with protons and alpha particles.
Simulate Your PTC Circuit Protection for Free with LTspice
Alain Stas  
2/4/2019   1 comment
Whatever your applications design(s) — digital multimeter, oscilloscope, on-board charger (OBC), plug-in battery for hybrid or electric vehicles, power supply for a motor drives, etc. — it needs to include overcurrent protection.
Stability Issues for High Speed Amplifiers: Introductory Background and Improved Analysis, Insight #5
The Signal Sped Up  
2/3/2019   1 comment
Probably no single issue faces more high-speed signal path designers (and supplier support teams) than the risk of instability in higher speed op amps and fully differential amplifiers (FDA).
Integrated RF-sampling transceivers enable fast frequency hopping, multiband and multimode operation
Signal Chain Basics  
2/2/2019   Post a comment
The latest direct radio frequency (RF)-sampling transceivers provide a number of powerful capabilities that enable advanced system features like multiband and multimode operation, as well as frequency translation and fast frequency hopping.
A New Spin on a Classic Architecture: Achieving a Fully Differential Output Using Single-Ended Instrumentation Amplifiers
Rusty Juszkiewicz  
1/30/2019   2 comments
Can we generate a differential output signal using instrumentation amplifiers?
Metastability in Space
Steve Taranovich  
1/28/2019   2 comments
Metastability can cause a spacecraft electronic failure. It may render a very expensive spacecraft/satellite unusable and if the spacecraft is manned, there could be lives in danger
Simple Schematic, Challenging Installation
Analog Angle  
1/27/2019   Post a comment
Reality check: Often what appears “on paper” to be a simple, trivial interconnect effort turns out to have real-world installation issues which require some extra time and attention, if not frustration.
The Super-Sensored Car Brings Mixed Long-term Consequences
Analog Angle  
1/27/2019   1 comment
Today’s cars are loaded with sensors and analog signal-conditioning components for basic operation, user convenience, and safety mandates, but there’s an upfront cost and complexity impact as well as longer-term implications that comes with these enhancements.
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 12
Busy Blogger  
1/19/2019   Post a comment
Recently, a new huge introduction by the Hyundai Company shows that the potential applications of electronics includes robotics in an unprecedented way through the realization of a car that is able to “walk” by means of robotic legs that can pass over large obstacles
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 11
Busy Blogger  
1/19/2019   Post a comment
One of the more interesting trends that are taking place in the automotive scenario is virtual reality to assist the driver in experiencing an augmented reality, thus improving safety and comfort in different situations
Maximizing output power from PLL synthesizer high-frequency open-collector outputs
Signal Chain Basics  
1/18/2019   1 comment
At the heart of a transceiver is usually a phase-locked-loop (PLL) synthesizer, which delivers a signal to downstream components such as mixers, filters and power amplifiers.
ADI Standard Space Products Screening: Beyond Group A Testing
Jonathan Harris  
1/18/2019   Post a comment
The steps we will look closely at are the fine leak and gross leak seal tests, external visual, and radiation latch-up tests
LiDAR damage to camera at CES?
Steve Taranovich  
1/16/2019   11 comments
Recently, AEye, was demonstrating their LiDAR system at CES in Las Vegas. A man using his new $1,198 Sony camera found that his photographs were damaged after he took pictures of AEye’s LiDAR LASER scanning system
The e-car: Electronics technology applied to sustainable mobility, Part 10
Busy Blogger  
1/11/2019   1 comment
The e-car basic concept is represented by the role of the electronics technology in making the car more comfortable, safe and effectively interacting with the driver. The first characteristic, comfort, is nowadays being dramatically enhanced by the new solution known as Road Noise Control (acronym: RNC) that has been introduced by BOSE during the CES 2019 in Las Vegas
The Beauty of Re-Configurability
Aubrey Kagan  
1/11/2019   1 comment
Early microcontrollers had fixed I/O. It may have been possible to connect one of several internal peripherals to the I/O pins, but those pins were restricted and there was never an option of conditioning those outputs
Look Who's Talking Now-Give Your IoT Device a Voice Worth Hearing
Gregory Mow  
1/10/2019   1 comment
In the not too distant past, if you were seen holding a conversation with a household appliance, you might have run the risk of being committed.
Tradeoffs between On-Die and Off-Die Voltage Regulators
Siddharth Katare  
1/10/2019   Post a comment
The voltage regulator is a very important part of the power management and the placement of voltage regulator plays an important role in improving the performance.
DC Precision Considerations for High Speed Current Feedback and Fully Differential Amplifiers, Insight #4
The Signal Sped Up  
1/9/2019   Post a comment
The more recent Fully Differential Amplifiers (FDA) offer both CFA and VFA versionsThe CFA based versions will also have poor DC accuracy while more recent “precision” VFA based FDAs can provide much improved DC accuracy. Those VFA-based FDAs do come with some added DC error sources beyond the typical op amp terms that will be described here
Top 10 Earthly benefits from the NASA Apollo program
Steve Taranovich  
1/8/2019   1 comment
NASA has an Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, that licenses technologies developed for space during the Apollo program, to benefit life on Earth. Here are my top 10 from the Apollo era.
What's a Gerber Variable Scale?
Steve Taranovich  
1/7/2019   Post a comment
Back in the early 60s, there were really no computers or electronic calculators generally available to engineers. The Gerber Variable Scale was a time-saver for designers.
Controlling Brushless DC Motors to Tackle New Challenges
Rudy Ramos  
1/5/2019   Post a comment
The advantages of BLDC motors extend beyond merely enhancing reliability and relieving the audible noise and electrical interference associated with carbon commutating brushes.
Silicon yields phased-arrays for optics, not just RF
Analog Angle  
12/23/2018   3 comments
Silicon is a viable substrate for functions such as optical waveguides; a building block of interesting applications such as optical phased-arrays and lenless cameras.
Up close and personal with the Shuttle Independence
Steve Taranovich  
12/20/2018   Post a comment
While in Houston recently, I visited the Space Center Houston and toured the 80-ton shuttle replica Independence, mounted atop the historic and original NASA 905 159-ton shuttle carrier aircraft (SCA), which was the first of the SCAs.
A Sampling of Radiation Test Facilities
Jonathan Harris  
12/20/2018   4 comments
Facilities for radiation testing at facilities that are located in the United States
Multimodal Sensing Solves the Water-Drop "Plink" Mystery
Analog Angle  
12/20/2018   2 comments
Even the seemingly innocuous dripping of water can lead to some interesting and often counterintuitive scientific insight, if you have the right sensors to capture the critical data.
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