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Content posted in January 2019
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   1 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.




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