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Content posted in January 2018
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   1 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

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The utilization of electronics in medical applications could effectively enhance the quality of life of patients and prevent many cardiovascular distresses: this is confirmed by the result of an observational study, about the CPAP device
This blog series deals with the potential of the utilization of smart electronic ICs in medical care applications; these ICs are produced by companies in the field of semiconductors such as STMicroelectronics which has a broad portfolio of ICs for medical applications
There is rising interest in alternative energy schemes and electric vehicles (EVs) which means there is a growing need in making it possible for power to flow efficiently in both directions.
The industries sector is progressively increasing utilization of IoT technology to make the industrial processes automated in a very intelligent way.
Medical care applications with electronic devices are becoming progressively more important and massively adopted.
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