Content posted in November 2015
Startup Wants to be the ARM of Analog
Julien Happich 11/23/2015 2 comments
Founded last summer after two years of preliminary research and with several patents pending, Californian startup Circuit Seed embarks father and daughter co-founders Bob and Susan Schober onto a licensing quest for their sub-micron CMOS-based analog circuits.
All the comforts of home: Espresso in space
Steve Taranovich 11/22/2015 5 comments
Samantha Cristoforetti was the first Italian woman to go to space, but more importantly to some astronauts, on May 3 of this year was also the first astronaut in history to drink Lavazza Italian espresso while in orbit on the International Space Station (ISS).
The Kerosene Thermocouple Lamp, TEG and Mars Curiosity Rover RTG
Ioannis (John) Piliounis 11/11/2015 1 comment
In the following blog Ioannis tells us how the unique Thermocouple Lamp used the thermocouple concept and got started in Russia (The References and images at the end of this slideshow have history going back to the very beginnings of thermocouple technology as well as some newer more modern industrial uses and applications)
I-Health: How intelligent electronics improve our quality of life, Part 2
Paolo Scalisi 11/10/2015 Post a comment
Another scenario straight from the sci-fi channel: programming the light conditions of a nearby planet to simulate and analyze the long-term biorhythmic changes an astronaut would experience on that planet’s surface. Who doesn’t want to find out what it’s like to live on Mars’ time, without leaving the comfort of your own planet?
What is low-side current sensing?
Signal Chain Basics 11/5/2015 4 comments
A quick reminder, low-side current-sensing is where the sense element, or shunt resistor, is placed in series with the load between the load and ground
From Electronics to Math and Money Madness
Dennis Feucht 11/3/2015 8 comments
In electronics, we are familiar with bounded ranges on circuit variables, yet the idea of infinity is also common in electronics theory and does not seem to invoke insanity among engineers. This is not the case, however, in other endeavors, and can be found in such varied places as mathematics and global finance.
James Bryant 11/1/2015 Post a comment
The esteemed James Bryant discusses another key factor in problems encountered in analog design.
This article explains how the latest-generation SiC FETs are ideally suited to new inverter designs with lower losses than IGBTs and proven robustness against short circuits, even at high temperatures and under repetitive stress
There’s a further cool thing you can do with a spreadsheet that most SPICEs can’t. That’s to use the spreadsheet ‘solver’ functionality to adjust component values in the search for a better-fitting circuit – or even to find a set of component values for a circuit you can’t otherwise design.
Infineon MOSFETs have been embedded into PC boards by Schweizer Electronic AG
You now need to adjust component values to achieve some system goal, such as predefined frequency response or time behaviour, and there’s no closed method for working out those values.