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Content posted in October 2016
One of the most memorable Halloween events for the Electronics world
Steve Taranovich  
10/30/2016   Post a comment
We all lived through the “Halloween Storms of 2003”; that is, the huge Solar storms that disrupted our Earth’s magnetic field (from 93 million miles away!!). This event took place in the weeks around Halloween from October 19 to November 7
The Zero-Ohm Resistor: A 'Simple' Passive Component?
Analog Angle  
10/28/2016   2 comments
There are several reasons you might need this component which might appear useless at first, and it takes a lot of technology to make one which meets today's system requirements.
Measuring LDO Line Regulation for a Novice
Jonathan Harris  
10/28/2016   Post a comment
A device going into space must be much more rigorously evaluated than a device going into a commercial product. Hence the need to do a good deal more characterization and ‘proving out’ of the device to make sure that it will endure the harsh environment in space as well as the long lifetimes required.
Instrumented Hockey Puck is an Extreme Analog Design
Analog Angle  
10/26/2016   Post a comment
Extreme-design challenges can be found in ordinary situations such as hockey and other sports
The LED Interior Lighting Craze, Part 3: Intelligent LED Control
Scott Deuty  
10/25/2016   11 comments
I have been observing the LED lighting transition in buildings and homes for several years now and realized that there are a lot of subjects that pertain to engineering and in particular analog engineering.
Signal Chain Basics #117: Uses of CAN-FD for longer payloads in industrial applications
Signal Chain Basics  
10/25/2016   Post a comment
CAN flexible data rate, or CAN-FD, was introduced in 2012 to address this need. This article takes a look at some of the key features of FD and how this could be beneficial for industrial applications.
E-bike: Applying modern technology to urban mobility with low impact to the environment, Part 3
Busy Blogger  
10/22/2016   3 comments
Because of their easy usage, the e-bikes are more frequently being utilized in everyday life for multiple usages
The LED Interior Lighting Craze, Part 2
Scott Deuty  
10/21/2016   Post a comment
In this this second part of LED Lighting Craze series, we focus on reliability. I found some interesting information on LED reliability for the components as well as the lights as a whole.
Because Mr. Ohm Said So….
Steve Taranovich  
10/20/2016   Post a comment
In my system the SPI interface for the ADC is returning 0xFF for every read. What could be wrong?
SOA, Watts Up, Transistor?: A Mystery of Self-Destructing MOSFETs
Ken Coffman  
10/18/2016   20 comments
In this case we have a circuit that worked well at one operating point, but reliably self-destructed at another operating point. The active load circuits were the same. The transistor power dissipation was the same. The engineer pulls out his hair and cries out to the heavens: ‘What is going on?’
Seemingly Simple Circuits: The TL431 Voltage Regulator, Part 5
Dennis Feucht  
10/17/2016   7 comments
In this part, we go to greater depths to look at TL431 dynamics. Adjust your air regulator for the deeper dive. What is seen in the data sheet plots of gain and output resistance for some manufacturers is at first hard to believe.
E-bike: Applying modern technology to urban mobility with low impact to the environment, Part 2
Busy Blogger  
10/17/2016   1 comment
During the days of the Festival many e-bikes tests (up to 3750) have been performed, including some competitions of e-bikers who took part in an e-ride contest among the streets of the beautiful city of Lecco
The LED Interior Lighting Craze, Part 1
Scott Deuty  
10/14/2016   Post a comment
I have been observing the LED lighting transition in buildings and homes for several years now and realized that there are a lot of subjects that pertain to engineering and in particular analog engineering. This first part is an introduction to the industry as it currently exists. I’m not set on future subjects however I will be discussing more on reliability and smart control. For now, I’ll introduce the initial subject
Ambulatory applications: Connected automobiles
Garima Jain  
10/12/2016   5 comments
The penetration of technology in mobility solutions is increasing. But automated cars and connected cars are about more than just being technologies which are charming. Some of the solutions they are likely to offer in the future can be expected to change the lives of people at the grassroots level.
Moore’s Law is Collapsing… Or is it?
Kristen Villemez  
10/11/2016   10 comments
When I began my engineering courses five years ago, it was still unclear to me where the More Moore vs. More than Moore debate would go.
E-bike: Applying modern technology to urban mobility with low impact to the environment, Part 1
Busy Blogger  
10/10/2016   Post a comment
The advantages of cycling sport activity are well known: riding a bicycle allows the oxygenation of the blood of the rider. This type of aerobic training allows the rider to burn many calories, lose weight, and make the heart and the lungs stronger. The more frequently this sport activity is practiced, the more effective the positive results will be. Electronics technology is a perfect solution to make the cycling activity easier because, when an electric motor is integrated into the bike it produces a power proportional to the dynamic power produced by the biker.
6 ways Edward Weston helped advance the late 19 century electrical distribution effort
Steve Taranovich  
10/7/2016   10 comments
We bring you some more of Howard Skolnik’s collection of electrical and electronic devices, but this time we use some of his collection that will look at how Weston meters helped in the growth of the electricity distribution business
Operate General Purpose I/O with Strong Security
Steve Taranovich  
10/6/2016   Post a comment
Embedded electronic authentication ensures that sub-systems, accessories and peripherals used with or within a piece of equipment are not counterfeit. Additionally, by employing electronic authentication, manufacturers can more fully control the usage and performance of their products. Depending on the application, electronic authentication helps to maintain product reliability, accuracy, safety, and security to protect an OEM’s R&D investment
Low Power Isolated Power Supplies
Aubrey Kagan  
10/6/2016   4 comments
When working with isolated systems, sometimes you need to get power across the barrier. Often it is just a little bit…
Analog hacks: Sense the world for the Cypress/Hackster design contest
Steve Taranovich  
10/5/2016   Post a comment
The "Sensing the World Challenge" jointly launched by Cypress Semiconductor and Hackster is a global design competition based around Cypress' CY8CKIT-048 PSoC Analog Coprocessor Pioneer Kit.
Gallium Nitride Brings Sound Quality and Efficiency to Class-D Audio
Steve Taranovich  
10/4/2016   2 comments
Class-D audio amplifiers have traditionally been looked down upon by audiophiles, and in most cases, understandably so.
Seemingly Simple Circuits: The TL431 Voltage Regulator, Part 4
Dennis Feucht  
10/3/2016   5 comments
We return for a second wind and to the surface for air as we catch our breath in Part 4 by considering two categories of application circuits for the TL431
Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician and scientist
Steve Taranovich  
10/2/2016   Post a comment
Katherine Johnson, now a retired NASA research mathematician, was no stranger to geometry. She was the one who would calculate the trajectory of Alan Shepard's 1961 trip into space. This was America's first big step to putting a man on the moon
Vacuum tube computers: The WWII 1943 Colossus Mark I
Steve Taranovich  
10/1/2016   6 comments
I have always been interested in electronics engineering ingenuity used to solve “impossible” problems. One such problem was the task of deciphering the German Army’s most secret transmissions during WWII via a German teletype machine named Tunny (that’s what the British called tuna).




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