Content posted in July 2014
Measuring an Alien World
Steve Taranovich 7/30/2014 17 comments
How do you measure and analyze a planet one-and-a-half times the size of Earth and 300 light years away? How can we know its composition? With the incredible technology of a cryogenic telescope like the Spitzer and Kepler Space Telescopes.
Sensor Footprint Evolution: Does Size Matter?
Steve Barraclough 7/25/2014 10 comments
Industry observers will not argue that the explosion in the adoption of motion sensors, principally accelerometers, was enabled by reducing the form factor to the point where the sensors could easily be integrated into mobile applications.
Improving DC Output Voltage Accuracy
Steve Taranovich 7/22/2014 14 comments
Here is the third of three short tech nuggets, by Rich Nowakowski from TI, before our “Ask the Experts” session on Wednesday, July 23, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT).
How a Coffee Packaging Machine Educated Me
Aubrey Kagan 7/18/2014 29 comments
One of my first projects was to design a control for a coffee packaging machine. It was in the late 70s and microprocessors were on everybody's lips, but few actually knew anything about them.
Energy Harvesting for Wearables
Thomas Kail 7/15/2014 23 comments
Wearable applications including smart watches, sport watches, fitness bands and more are growing in popularity, and so, too, is the demand for intelligent sensors to use in them. If analyst predictions are correct, the market is going nowhere but up in the coming years.
Improving Analog Design Time
Keith Sabine 7/9/2014 10 comments
Designers can estimate parasitics early in the design flow, at the RTL level, to see if they meet timing and power criteria. Thus design changes can be iterated relatively quickly until the design goals are met, with detailed layout following.
These days, I often code design equations for filter circuits directly into sequences of Excel cells
The introduction of the solar boat is necessary to preserve our planet, which is mainly covered by water; the autonomous drive option is a pleasant alternative
Leading up to APEC have been a slew of new introductions by various suppliers. I wanted to highlight some of that here on Planet Analog for your information
Could a 16-bit SAR converter application reach a dynamic range of 125 dB at 600 kSPS?
My ‘gut feel’ as an Electronics Engineer tells me that the need for more adequate and intensive pilot training is a strong possibility