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Content posted in February 2015
Weeding Out Non-Viable Players in the Evolving Ultracapacitor Industry
Mike Everett  
2/27/2015   Post a comment
Just as the battery energy storage has evolved and established its top players, the ultracapacitor will also face a shakeup that only the strong will survive.
India’s Potential Silicon Valley in the “Land of the Coconut”: Kerala
Steve Taranovich  
2/25/2015   6 comments
There are 150 engineering schools in the state of Kerala with graduates leaving India for the allure of companies elsewhere in the world. The state of Kerala wants to keep these engineers right there in this region where they have graduated and is trying to create a “Silicon Valley” in India.
The Future of Custom ASICs
Steve Taranovich  
2/25/2015   3 comments
For decades, electronics product innovation has been incremental in nature, relying largely on the next generation of semiconductors to deliver performance improvement. For almost 50 years Moore’s Law has delivered 2x performance (power or cost) improvement in semiconductors every 18 months, outpacing any product or system level innovation cycle that could be achieved by even the most ambitious hardware teams. What has evolved is a “sit & wait” approach, to product innovation. However it is now clear that Moore’s law is broken, and the implications are profound for hardware designers.
You Need a Power Supply Designed by When?
Scott Deuty  
2/25/2015   Post a comment
You’re in a small company that needs to turn a product quick. Nobody in the company has any power supply design experience yet you need to drive LEDs from a universal (US and European) wall input voltage. What do you do?
Analog Devices Design Tools: ADISimADC Web-Based Simulation Tool
Jonathan Harris  
2/24/2015   2 comments
Now let’s look at the web-based evaluation tool. This does not require downloaded software to run as it is purely ran from the web
A snow-thrower on steroids
Luca Difalco  
2/19/2015   7 comments
With the US East Coast digging out from yet another snowstorm in a year-long march of wintry weather, even the most stalwart residents are suffering from snow overdose, leading them to wonder: WHERE ARE OUR SNO-BOTS?
Time of Flight
Steve Taranovich  
2/18/2015   6 comments
The phrase “Time of Flight” has come up quite a few times in recent weeks. I think it is important to understand what this relates to and more importantly, what it relates to in today’s latest electronics developments.
Smart Life: The Intelligence of Electronics Improving Our Lives, Part 4
Paolo Scalisi  
2/18/2015   4 comments
The Smart Brain Sector revealed
Signal Chain Basics (Part 98) Industrial Market Transitions to 3.3V CAN Transceivers
Signal Chain Basics  
2/16/2015   Post a comment
Over the last few decades, controller area network (CAN) applications have shifted from using primarily 5V protocol controllers to incorporating largely 3.3V controllers.
Smart Life: The Intelligence of Electronics Improving Our lives, Part 3
Paolo Scalisi  
2/13/2015   4 comments
Smart Motor Control is examined in this part of the series
Seemingly Simple Circuits, Part 5: Current-Loop Converter Transfer Function
Dennis Feucht  
2/11/2015   5 comments
By beginning with the inductor current waveform, we have derived the closed-loop transfer function for peak-current-loop switching converters. Now the goal is to find the transfer functions of the individual blocks in the loop.
Gadget Freaks flock to Pacific Design and Manufacturing event run by UBM Canon
Steve Taranovich  
2/11/2015   1 comment
Gadget Freaks learn the power of wireless and security
Not All Evaluation Boards Are Created Equal –Design the Part with the Board in Mind
Brandt Braswell  
2/11/2015   Post a comment
Designing an evaluation board requires that the designer develops the circuit with the design of the evaluation board ever present during the design process. The design of the evaluation board cannot be an afterthought
Forget about 10 GHz—let’s aim for 100+ GHz
Analog Angle  
2/10/2015   5 comments
Now systems are moving higher, with activity in the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band as well, due to crowding and interference issues at 2.4 GHz. Ironically, this at least partially due to the success of the cellular, Wi-Fi ad ISM initiatives at 2.4 GHz.
Delta-sigma ADC basics: How the digital filter works
Precision Hub  
2/10/2015   4 comments
Designing with a delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter can help achieve the highest possible resolution in your system. But to maximize this architecture’s benefits, it helps to understand how the delta-sigma modulator and digital filter in the ADC combine to achieve greater measurement resolution.
Calculator or Slide Rule?
Steve Taranovich  
2/4/2015   5 comments
In February 1972, the first relatively affordable and hand-held electronic calculator was made available, for scientists only, priced at $395. Hewlett Packard's HP-35 was the first handheld calculator to perform advanced mathematical functions.
Role Models
Ken Coffman  
2/4/2015   5 comments
Talking about the importance of role models early in our careers.
Low Power LDO Design Techniques for Really Small Profile Applications, Part 1
Erik Mentze  
2/3/2015   1 comment
A key challenge to the ultra-miniaturization of electronic systems is power management. As any EE knows, when overall system sizes shrink the amount of area available for energy storage and energy conversion shrinks with it.

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