Content posted in April 2014
Bob Dobkin: Mentor to Analog & Power Enthusiasts
Steve Taranovich 4/16/2014 Post a comment
Linear Technology CTO and co-founder Bob Dobkin is the ultimate mentor to those who need to truly understand analog and power. Dobkin’s achievements rank him among the top engineers in Silicon Valley from the early days to the present time.
'Ask the Experts' Tutorial: The Linear Regulator
Steve Taranovich 4/15/2014 9 comments
In advance of the upcoming “Ask the experts” session on Planet Analog on April 23, Planet Analog brings you this series of brief daily nuggets as a preparation for you to ask questions during our session.
Internet of Things & EDA
Steve Taranovich 4/15/2014 22 comments
The Internet of Things was a term initially coined in the dot com era for a wireless network between self-configurable objects such as household appliances.
Just Add a Transistor
Kendall Castor-Perry 4/10/2014 8 comments
In the next few blogs I’ll talk about some of the circuit functions I’ve worked on where adding a transistor or two to an existing highly integrated mixed-signal device can unlock a new level of functionality or performance.
Batteries in Space
Steve Taranovich 4/7/2014 20 comments
NASA Glenn Research Center is teaming up with the DOE Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) led by Argonne Labs to develop better batteries for future space exploration missions.
Neuronics: Distributed-Memory Addressing, Part 3
Dennis Feucht 4/4/2014 5 comments
Albus devised a method of mapping from the input vector (where each vector component is the value of one of the multiple dimensions of input space) by a coding scheme like that of Gray-code encoders or multiphase motor drives.
Use MacGyver's Methods, Part 1
Vincent Biancomano 4/2/2014 10 comments
Despite his training, the typical engineer doesn't seem to like too much math. Using established formulas is one thing, but deriving them to solve a problem in a relatively unfamiliar field is another.
Removing the vuvuzela narrow-band noise was presenting challenges to broadcast engineers
This article discusses how using a single synchronous buck controller can output the most common voltage rails, and accommodate a wide range of operating input voltages from 3V to 40V, and at a reasonable BOM cost.
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.