Content posted in November 2018
Would You Ever Consider Liquid Cooling?
Analog Angle 11/30/2018 Post a comment
Liquid-based cooling of electronics is rarely the preferred solution to thermal management, but it may be the only one; improvements in the underlying components may make it a more-palatable option.
A Time of Giving Thanks
Jonathan Harris 11/21/2018 Post a comment
It is imperative to understand how a device or system will respond when subjected to radiation so that its operation in the harsh, radiation-rich environment of space can be predicted.
LED controllers and switches improve Matrix Lighting
Nazzareno (Reno) Rossetti 11/10/2018 Post a comment
Modern automotive matrix lighting often utilizes strings and matrices of LEDs, requiring an increasing number of integrated circuits to control them. New designs must usually pack more electronics in the same or a smaller space.
MEMS, MITRE, and DARPA
Steve Taranovich 11/3/2018 Post a comment
I was pleasantly surprised that the two most powerful presentations, at MSEC 2018, that will greatly benefit the MEMS industry, were from US Federal Government-funded agencies.
Digital Isolation solutions
Aubrey Kagan 11/2/2018 1 comment
Digital isolation can solve ground loop issues, cater for level shifting, separate dangerous voltages and provide surge isolation. There is a myriad of ways of achieving digital isolation depending on your application and budget. The technology used can be optical, magnetic or capacitive coupling and sometimes a combination.
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.
As a member of the electronics design community, I am angry and disappointed with the recent deaths of 346 people due to the Boeing MAX 8 design
The theoretical advantages of GaN-based power transistors are now being realized in mainstream system designs. Power supplies for data centers and telecom switching racks are two application areas where GaN transistors show significant improvement in comparison to systems using best-in-class Silicon-based Superjunction devices.