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Content posted in November 2013
Is There a New Way Ahead for Electronics Enterprise? Part 4
Dennis Feucht  
11/29/2013   7 comments
Two well-known tech companies had a special way of doing things that allowed them to produce excellent products. Now we are following a different path. Can we try a completely different approach?
Is There a New Way Ahead for Electronics Enterprise? Part 3
Dennis Feucht  
11/28/2013   7 comments
Two well-known tech companies had a special way of doing things that allowed them to produce excellent products. Now, we are following a different path. Can we change effectively and try a completely different approach?
Is There a New Way Ahead for Electronics Enterprise? Part 2
Dennis Feucht  
11/27/2013   1 comment
Two well-known tech companies had a special way of doing things that allowed them to produce excellent products. Can these methods be applied in a more widespread manner? Where are we going with new product design?
Is There a New Way Ahead for Electronics Enterprise? Part 1
Dennis Feucht  
11/26/2013   12 comments
Two well-known tech companies had a special way of doing things that allowed them to produce excellent products. Can these methods be applied in a more widespread manner? And will that breed a productive and profitable company?
Custom Analog ICs: How to Avoid the Wrong Design
Scott Elder  
11/26/2013   30 comments
When designing an analog custom IC, be sure to look at the big picture, rather than simply transferring a discrete design into an ASIC.
Smart Grid Needs Smart Meter SoC: Part 2
Paolo Scalisi  
11/26/2013   6 comments
The smart grid is a power grid with intelligence built into it via one-way or two-way communications channels. Smart meters are part of the smart grid. They supply info to the power utility company on load usage.
Isolating Signals: How & Why?
Brad Albing  
11/25/2013   29 comments
Often you need to break the galvanic connection between two pieces of equipment or subsystems, but still pass signals back and forth. What's the best way to do it?
Smart Grid Needs Smart Meter SoC: Part 1
Paolo Scalisi  
11/25/2013   9 comments
The smart grid is the power grid that has intelligence built into it via one-way or two-way communications channels. Smart meters are part of the smart grid. They supply info to the power utility company on load usage.
Increase Dynamic Range with SAR ADCs Using Oversampling, Part 2
Maithil Pachchigar  
11/22/2013   4 comments
Oversampling is used with ADCs, most commonly with delta-sigma devices. But the technique works well with SAR ADCs to improve dynamic range, reduce noise, and increase the ENOB.
Increase Dynamic Range With SAR ADCs Using Oversampling, Part 1
Maithil Pachchigar  
11/21/2013   Post a comment
Oversampling is used with ADCs, most commonly with delta-sigma devices. But the technique works well with SAR ADCs to improve dynamic range, reduce noise, and increase the ENOB.
Extreme Analog Design: Don't Forget Those Passives
Analog Angle  
11/21/2013   14 comments
ICs get most of the attention in harsh application situations, but passives have their own special needs and ruggedness options.
Tune Out Before Tuning In, Part 2
Vincent Biancomano  
11/21/2013   Post a comment
Tuning and calibration of frequency-sensitive circuitry when there are multiple cascaded stages can be difficult at best and almost impossible at worst. But there are a few tricks to the process.
EMC Problems in Modern Electronics
William Murray  
11/20/2013   29 comments
Electromagnetic compatibility and radio frequency interference issues are increasingly more problematic. Here's how some problems occur.
How Do You Debug a Custom Analog IC?
Brad Albing  
11/20/2013   40 comments
The next time you make a custom integrated analog IC, don't forget the test points.
Tune Out Before Tuning In, Part 1
Vincent Biancomano  
11/20/2013   Post a comment
Tuning and calibration of frequency sensitive circuitry when there are multiple cascaded stages can be difficult at best and almost impossible at worst. But there are a few tricks to the process.
Integrated Timing Solutions & Universal Frequency Translators
Brad Albing  
11/19/2013   1 comment
We're having a chat session on Wednesday, November 20, on timing solutions and frequency translators.
'Scope on a Chip? Why Not a DAS Onboard?
Brad Albing  
11/19/2013   14 comments
Would it be cost effective to have a data acquisition IC added to your board designs? Maybe you'd be money ahead.
Will Quantum Computing Enhance Analog Design? Part 3
Blaine Bateman  
11/19/2013   21 comments
Can we imagine a validation system using a quantum computer that would avoid number-of-bits precision limitations during a simulation of an analog IC? Maybe the time for quantum computing is almost here.
Can You Easily Build Integrated Power Switches? Part 2
Paul Illegems  
11/19/2013   4 comments
Power switches -- typically large power FETs -- need to have low on-resistance and stable performance. Here are some considerations for achieving those goals.
Comparing Op-Amp & Video Amp Topologies, Part 4
Ronald Quan  
11/19/2013   3 comments
The analysis continues for video amplifiers with comparisons to general-purpose op-amps.
Can You Easily Build Integrated Power Switches? Part 1
Paul Illegems  
11/18/2013   2 comments
Power switches -- typically large-power FETs -- need to have low on-resistance and stable performance. Here are some considerations for achieving those goals.
Comparing Op-Amp & Video Amp Topologies, Part 3
Ronald Quan  
11/18/2013   1 comment
The analysis continues for video amplifiers with comparisons to general purpose op-amps.
LED Driver Eschews Inductors
Brad Albing  
11/18/2013   5 comments
With LED lighting for AC mains application becoming more popular, we need an inexpensive way to provide current control for the string of LEDs. Here's a good way to do it.
Integration vs. Performance: A DSP-Based View
Doug Grant  
11/15/2013   4 comments
A comparison of integrating large amounts of analog functionality onto a chip with simply using smaller individual analog function blocks. Which is better, cheaper, or easier?
ADC Noise: A Second Look, Part 2
Jonathan Harris  
11/15/2013   11 comments
Some further thoughts on how noise gets mixed in with the signal you want to convert in your ADC. And additional thoughts on how to keep it out.
Neuronics: Long-Term Memory, Part 2
Dennis Feucht  
11/15/2013   9 comments
Continuing the discussion regarding the use of analog techniques to mimic neurons in the brain.
The Ground Myth
Bruce Archambeault  
11/14/2013   14 comments
"Ground" is probably the most misunderstood and misused term in electrical engineering.
ADC Noise: A Second Look, Part 1
Jonathan Harris  
11/14/2013   5 comments
Some further thoughts on how noise gets mixed in with the signal you want to convert in your ADC. And additional thoughts on how to keep it out.
Neuronics: Long-Term Memory, Part 1
Dennis Feucht  
11/14/2013   8 comments
Continuing the discussion regarding the use of analog techniques to mimic neurons in the brain.
Debugging Tactics: 4 Ways to Increase Integration
Analog Angle  
11/14/2013   9 comments
It's tough to partition hardware and software when you are using highly integrated components, and that reality affects your debug options and approaches, in addition to the design itself.
Chips & Modules & ASICs, Oh My!
Jason Bowden  
11/13/2013   20 comments
Will there come a time when we get completely away from designs that use discrete components?
GPS: Explaining the Ubiquity of Time
Steve Taranovich  
11/12/2013   30 comments
Measuring the passage of time with high accuracy is difficult enough. Synchronizing between two or more distant points with high accuracy is significantly more difficult.
A Bad Case of Cost 'Frusfusion'
Jason Bowden  
11/12/2013   23 comments
Have you had the experience of being penny-wise and pound-foolish? Have you spent $100 to save $10?
Reference Designs: Strong Start but Weak Finish?
Analog Angle  
11/12/2013   11 comments
Vendor's reference designs are a good and necessary tool, but you still have to do your due diligence.
Digital Power: Is Its Time Finally Here?
Brad Albing  
11/11/2013   16 comments
With the ZL8800 in Intersil's portfolio, they just may have what it takes to finally make digital power acceptable to the mainstream engineering community.
Integrating the Trimming & Satisfying the Customer's Needs, Part 3
Paolo Scalisi  
11/11/2013   6 comments
The author continues his discussion of why you may want to combine the voltage set-point resistors with the voltage regulator to make a versatile device and keep customers happy. We also see what can go wrong.
Large-Scale Integration: Neuronics, Part 2
Dennis Feucht  
11/11/2013   10 comments
Continuing the discussion regarding the use of analog techniques to mimic neurons in the brain.
Integrating the Trimming & Satisfying the Customerís Needs, Part 2
Paolo Scalisi  
11/8/2013   2 comments
The author continues his discussion of why you may want to combine the voltage set-point resistors with the voltage regulator to make a versatile device and keep customers happy.
Large-Scale Integration: Neuronics, Part 1
Dennis Feucht  
11/8/2013   4 comments
Continuing the discussion regarding the use of analog techniques to mimic neurons in the brain.
Using Solver in Excel, Part 2
Aubrey Kagan  
11/7/2013   18 comments
One of the add-ins for Excel is Solver. It allows you to easily solve problems with multiple variables. Here's how to install and use it.
Using Solver in Excel, Part 1
Aubrey Kagan  
11/6/2013   16 comments
One of the add-ins for Excel is Solver. It allows you to easily solve problems with multiple variables. Here's how to install and use it.
Pick One: Good Ideas or Great Patent Attorneys
Jason Bowden  
11/6/2013   7 comments
Why do companies and individuals write so many patents? Are they legitimate? What real purpose is served?
Signal Chain Basics #83: JESD204B for High-Speed Data Converter Digital Interfaces
Signal Chain Basics  
11/5/2013   2 comments
What is JESD204B, and why should you use it instead of an LVDS interface? How does it compare to other serial interfaces?
Can We Have Too Many Op-Amp Performance Curves?
Analog Angle  
11/5/2013   7 comments
So many graphs, so many curves. It can be too much of a good thing -- but probably not.
Knowledge Is Power: True or False?
Jason Bowden  
11/4/2013   35 comments
With access to information so widespread and easy, does the possession of knowledge still give someone power?




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