Content posted in July 2016
Go ASIC for Analog?
Analog Angle 7/20/2016 2 comments
Analog ASICs offer an alternative that deserves serious consideration, despite the huge number of excellent, off-the-shelf analog ICs.
NASA Juno electronics study Jupiter: Gravity Science Experiment
Steve Taranovich 7/19/2016 Post a comment
The Juno spacecraft now orbiting Jupiter has a suite of science instruments which will investigate the existence of a possible solid planetary core, map Jupiter’s intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere, and observe the planet’s auroras
Short notes about lightning: Part 1
Victor Lorenzo 7/18/2016 3 comments
For engineers and technicians, the event of changing occupation tends to come associated with the challenge of diving into new knowledge areas. Entering into the lightning research and protection world is one remarkable example.
Virtual Eval Through the Eyes of an ADC, Part 2
Jonathan Harris 7/15/2016 Post a comment
Now that we’ve had a chance to learn a bit about the tool we will take a look at using Virtual Eval to predict the performance of the AD9680-500 which has integrated digital downconverters (DDCs) and will compare simulated data to measured data.
Common-Base Bypassing and How It Affects CB Frequency Response
Dennis Feucht 7/8/2016 3 comments
The common-base (CB) BJT configuration is the second stage of cascode amplifiers. It is useful as a voltage translator to the high side of an amplifier with a large voltage range. This article addresses the question of how the RB, CB combination at the base node affects the frequency response.
Active Signal Characterization
Steven LeBoeuf, Ph.D. 7/8/2016 1 comment
The accuracy of biometric wearables continues to get a great deal of attention, particularly related to the accuracy of optical heart rate monitors in consumer wearable devices today. There are many aspects to answering that question, but this post will focus on one of the most important aspects known as “active signal characterization”.
Danger, Will Robinson
Aubrey Kagan 7/5/2016 15 comments
You think that rectification of a signal for power is a trivial matter. Beware, some people think they know, but what they know is dangerous. And that’s without hidden gotchas.
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