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Content posted in April 2016
The Joy of Patenting, Part 1: The Fun Stuff
Scott Deuty  
4/29/2016   Post a comment
This blog is about my experiences in a quest for you, the Planet Analog readers, to get your idea patented and pursue your entrepreneurial side.
10 Tech examples of NASA searching for Alien life: Is anybody out there?
Steve Taranovich  
4/29/2016   Post a comment
On July 23, 2015 Kepler discovered the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a star acting as a sun. This effort helps to find another “Earth” which may inhabit life forms.
Integrated Capacitive PGAs in ADCs, Part 1: Redefining Performance
Steve Taranovich  
4/28/2016   Post a comment
Capacitive PGA Circuit Description and Functionality
Smart water control: A strategy based on IOT technology to preserve oceans and sea environments, Part 2
Busy Blogger  
4/28/2016   Post a comment
The “Venus Swarm” project has been introduced as a promising application for IOT technology to preserve marine environments by monitoring some parameters of interest, such as the level of the sea in the Venice lagoon.
Smart water control: A strategy based on IOT technology to preserve oceans and sea environments, Part 1
Busy Blogger  
4/27/2016   Post a comment
The control of a marine environment may be a high priority project especially for areas that are considered points of interest at a worldwide level, such as the Venice lagoon.
MOSFETs Balance Supercapacitors with Zero Power Burn
Robert L. Chao  
4/25/2016   3 comments
How Novel Circuit Design Using MOSFETs Balances Supercapacitors with Zero Current
Designing for Power Density and High Reliability
Bob Cantrell  
4/25/2016   1 comment
Digital power with advanced thermal management solve power conversion challenges
Antenna Diversity: Blessing, Curse, or Both?
Analog Angle  
4/22/2016   1 comment
The wide range of antenna options offers designers many degrees of freedom, but sometimes it can be too much of a good thing.
I Still Have a Vacuum Tube in My House?
Analog Angle  
4/21/2016   15 comments
: The legendary vacuum tube still has an irreplaceable role in mass-market and specialized applications, but that too may be changing due to progress in solid-state devices and designs.
Earth Day: Coal-Fueled Power Plants
Steve Taranovich  
4/21/2016   Post a comment
How electrical engineering technologies are helping us solve climate change issues
Earth Day 2016
Steve Taranovich  
4/21/2016   Post a comment
Earth Day: Earth awareness and appreciation
What's Your RF Integration IQ?
Steve Taranovich  
4/20/2016   Post a comment
How will your RF Integration IQ stack up?
Supergroup Van Halen Was Once Used to Promote PCs
Scott Deuty  
4/20/2016   1 comment
It may come as a shock that PCs were not always common in life and music was once generated through ANALOG technology of vibrating guitar strings altered by pushing pedals, pulling levers, and twisting potentiometers.
Citius, Altius, Fortius
Steve Taranovich  
4/18/2016   1 comment
The data sheet for the amplifier that I’ve chosen for my application specifies a small signal bandwidth along with a large signal bandwidth, and they are quite different specs. How do I determine if my signal qualifies as small or large?
Reliving Engineering College as I Watch My Son Go Through It
Scott Deuty  
4/15/2016   4 comments
As I sat talking with my son last night, memories of engineering school came back to me.
Diff-Amp Uses a Resistor Network
Dennis Feucht  
4/14/2016   3 comments
Low-cost integrated resistor networks can be used to implement a low-parts-count two-op-amp differential amplifier with low common-mode gain. Integrated onto a common substrate and processed together, resistors of integrated networks match well and are an alternative solution to discrete resistors, especially for amplifiers with a wide common-mode input voltage range.
Implementing Master Slave Synchronization Redundancy
Steve Taranovich  
4/12/2016   Post a comment
Communication networks have relied on a robust synchronization distribution scheme for many years and it’s becoming even more important in today’s evolving networks.
Growing importance of high-voltage fault protection for CAN transceivers
Signal Chain Basics  
4/11/2016   Post a comment
This article focuses on the increasing need for high-voltage bus pin fault protection for controller area network (CAN) transceivers across transportation industries.
An exclusive look inside the Data Center
Steve Taranovich  
4/10/2016   1 comment
Google has recently joined the Open Compute Project (OCP), and has announced a 48V DC power distribution technology to the rack and then down-converted to 1VDC or less as close to the processor as possible.
PI Continuum Simulation: Load Modulation
Raj Nair  
4/7/2016   Post a comment
How do advanced design changes impact power integrity? This is a question often encountered by power-integrity aware IP block designers. And here is where a front-end analysis environment such as Anasim's PI-FP is most useful.
The Benson High-School Electronics Class Rose Festival Prank
Dennis Feucht  
4/6/2016   Post a comment
Every year, a big festival is held in Portland, Oregon - the Silicon Forest - that is not quite as famous as the Pasadena Rose Parade, though its parade was carried on network television in the 1960s, when I was in high-school. In the mid-‘60s, Benson Polytechnic High School was rated nationally as number two behind the Bronx School of Science in New York




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