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Content posted in September 2014
Seemingly Simple Circuits, Part 1: The One-Op-Amp Diff-Amp
Dennis Feucht  
9/30/2014   2 comments
Part one of a four-part series on seemingly simple circuits.
Microcomputer-Based Instrument Model, Part 2: Instrument Architecture Philosophy
Dennis Feucht  
9/30/2014   2 comments
In Part 2, we discuss Instrument Architecture Philosophy.
I Grew Up in the 80s & Survived!
Steve Taranovich  
9/30/2014   16 comments
What should concern me when testing my heart-rate monitor prototype?
Wardenclyffe Progress: Tesla Lab Was Purchased, Now It’s Time for a Museum
Steve Taranovich  
9/29/2014   11 comments
An Indiegogo campaign has raised funds to save Nikola Tesla’s former laboratory.
Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Areas, Part 2
Paolo Scalisi  
9/26/2014   71 comments
Guadalajara is the second biggest city in Mexico, but the biggest city of that country, Mexico City, is moving in the direction of integration of smart energy harvesting technology into the infrastructures of the city.
Why Utilities Question the Rapid Spread of Solar
Brian Faley  
9/25/2014   26 comments
The utility, the argument goes, doesn’t want competition from renewables.
Measuring Up to Today’s Standards in Circuit Design
Timothy Patel  
9/22/2014   44 comments
Upcoming chat session examines circuit protection solutions for regulatory compliance in several markets.
Ground Is a Cruel Joke
Brandt Braswell  
9/19/2014   17 comments
Understanding grounding structures is important to help your circuits to work well and sometimes even to work at all. But ground is not always ground.
Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out?
Analog Angle  
9/19/2014   87 comments
How the cycle has turned: Putting an AM radio into a car was a big advance in the 1920s and 1930s; now, auto vendors are considering eliminating the radio as a standard or even optional feature, due to declining user need and listenership.
Top 3 Reasons You Should Care About Over-Voltage Conditions
Tim Micun  
9/19/2014   22 comments
This live chat session will discuss circuit protection solutions for ESD. This is the second of three tech briefs before the Ask the Experts session.
How to Protect Against One of Your Biggest Enemies in Circuit Design
Timothy Patel  
9/18/2014   16 comments
Upcoming circuit protection chat session explores benefits and selection of fuses and PTC devices.
Design Considerations in Modern Wireless Power Transfer Systems: Coil Geometry
Fady Mishriki  
9/18/2014   6 comments
Recent innovations have enabled the creation of robust and reliable wireless power systems that can be tailored for use in a wide variety of industrial and consumer settings.
Stop Accepting Underperforming Start-Stop Systems
Mike Everett  
9/17/2014   2 comments
Today’s energy storage and power delivery systems are not up to the task of start-stop engine cranking. The discerning public will soon demand the technology that is tailor-made for the application: ultracapacitors.
Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Areas, Part 1
Paolo Scalisi  
9/17/2014   53 comments
The new trend of urban city architecture is in the direction of the realization of a Smart City.
The Analog Aficionados Dinner: Meet the Rock Stars of Analog
Steve Taranovich  
9/16/2014   10 comments
The Analog Aficionados party goes back more than 20 years, when Jim Williams would host an Analog Dinosaurs party at his house.
Freescale Battery Cell Controller With Novel High-Speed Communication Bus
Steve Taranovich  
9/16/2014   2 comments
There are different challenges in the larger battery stacks, and these must be taken into account if a robust system design is desired.
How to Extend the Power Rating of Your Motor Drive
Richard Chung  
9/15/2014   8 comments
Small-power motor drives such as fan motors, dishwashers, circulation pumps, and major applications are constrained by challenging form-factors and lower standby current.
An Approximation to the Aliasing Effect, Part 1: The Origin
Victor Lorenzo  
9/11/2014   8 comments
Working with signals in the digital domain requires sampling the analog signal at regular intervals. The sampling operation can also produce a noise, which cannot be distinguished from the real signal due to the aliasing effect.
Chronicles of Planet Analog Talented Authors: Dennis Feucht
Steve Taranovich  
9/9/2014   3 comments
One of the most talented and interesting authors on Planet Analog and EDN is Dennis Feucht, who has written numerous popular articles and blogs.
Microcomputer-Based Instrument Model, Part 1: A General Instrument Architecture
Dennis Feucht  
9/9/2014   2 comments
One of the strategic design considerations for integration of microcomputers into measurement instruments is how to relate the electronic circuits of the instrument to the microcomputer and user interface.
Time-Triggered Ethernet (TTE) Design
Steve Taranovich  
9/8/2014   8 comments
The NASA Orion Spacecraft will have a strong fiber optic emphasis for its on-board data network. A Time-Triggered Ethernet distribution network is critical here.
Signal Chain Basics #93: How to Maximize Low-Side Sensing Performance
Signal Chain Basics  
9/5/2014   5 comments
The most common method of measuring current is low-side sensing. A sense element or shunt resistor is placed in series with the load between the load and ground.
The Power of Light
Matthias Poppel  
9/5/2014   25 comments
EnOcean is partnering with the distributor Farnell element14 for a worldwide engineering design competition. Out of more than 200 applicants, 15 finalists were chosen; they are now challenged to develop an innovative monitoring and automation application.
Power Dissipation: My Arch-Nemesis
Aubrey Kagan  
9/3/2014   15 comments
Experience should have taught Aubrey Kagan to consider power dissipation before introducing a component into a design. Unfortunately, it always seems to come back to bite him.
EMI Noise, Part 1: Don’t Be the Problem
Edgardo Menendez  
9/3/2014   7 comments
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a problem in all electrical and electronic circuitry. This six-part series will discuss the available component solutions for mitigating EMI noise emissions and how to make your circuitry less susceptible to EMI.
DAC BASICS, Part 1: Finding a Home for Your DAC
Bonnie Baker  
9/3/2014   Post a comment
So you need a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) in your circuit? This should not be much of a challenge.
Power Routing in Analog Design
Keith Sabine  
9/2/2014   7 comments
Widths of power tracks need to be considered carefully for analog layout.
Why Data Is the Next Frontier: NJIT Infographic
Steve Taranovich  
9/2/2014   6 comments
The sheer volume of data produced every day is a major concern of the global business community.




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