Content posted in August 2016
Back to $chool
Scott Deuty 8/30/2016 8 comments
It’s that time of year where students return to school and to be honest, I’m still miffed at the costs associated with college
A Boost for Automotive Start-Stop: Dual Use of EMC Components
Mike Donnelly 8/30/2016 Post a comment
Automobile manufacturers are increasingly turning to start-stop systems to glean an extra 3% to 12%* of fuel economy out of conventional vehicles. With this approach, the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) is turned off during idle periods, such as at traffic lights or in stop-and-go traffic, and then automatically restarted when the driver depresses the accelerator pedal
Going Full Tilt
Ian Beavers 8/16/2016 Post a comment
I would like to improve the accuracy and repeatability of tilt measurements using the ADIS16209 inclinometer. Can I use several of these sensors in parallel to improve the accuracy?
More to Microphones than MEMS
Analog Angle 8/15/2016 22 comments
MEMS-based microphones are way ahead of traditional electromechanical microphones in unit volume; the classic designs still have their unique roles—but for how long?
Jupiter: The IC Danger Zone, Part 1
Kristen Villemez 8/10/2016 7 comments
There are many things which engineers at NASA, Space X, and at a semiconductor company like ADI must consider when developing products for use in space that anyone else wouldn’t have to worry about for earth-bound applications, most notably of which is radiation (of course unless you’re working on a nuclear power plant).
Aubrey Kagan 8/5/2016 15 comments
There is a plethora of devices aimed at very narrow markets. If you aren’t in that market you will never use one of those devices
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.