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Pre-APEC latest Product Introductions
Steve Taranovich  
3/14/2019   Post a comment
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
SAR Converter with PGA Achieves Dynamic Range of 125 dB
Steve Taranovich  
3/13/2019   Post a comment
Could a 16-bit SAR converter application reach a dynamic range of 125 dB at 600 kSPS?
Boeing MAX 8: Technological advances and pilot training
Steve Taranovich  
3/13/2019   7 comments
My ‘gut feel’ as an Electronics Engineer tells me that the need for more adequate and intensive pilot training is a strong possibility
Why I am so proud of my membership in IEEE Eta Kappa Nu
Steve Taranovich  
3/7/2019   1 comment
I am presently reading the February issue of the ‘Bridge’, the magazine of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu honor society.
What do Analog Engineers do when they meet socially?
Steve Taranovich  
3/3/2019   1 comment
The simple answer is to just attend the annual Analog Aficionados dinner in Silicon Valley and see for yourself
Texas Instruments enters the BAW resonator technology realm
Steve Taranovich  
3/2/2019   Post a comment
This effort is critical to the efficient movement and analysis of large amounts of data. With the addition of a connected MCU, TI now has a really neat dynamic duo solution that will enable a new level of performance in technology
Enablement of Batteryless Applications with Wireless Power
Steve Taranovich  
2/27/2019   Post a comment
My application doesn’t have a battery. Is it possible to power it wirelessly?
Automatically balance Supercapacitor leakage in 12V systems
Steve Taranovich  
2/25/2019   4 comments
Robert Chao, president and founder of ALD Inc. just engineered and introduced a board that enables leakage current balancing for 12-volt systems used in automotive, gap power and remote monitoring applications.
Nikola Tesla: EDN and Planet Analog's best articles
Steve Taranovich  
2/19/2019   2 comments
Nikola Tesla was an extraordinary, but very eccentric inventor. His rivalries with Thomas Edison are famous. He died more than 75 years ago, but his discoveries and ideas have helped shape modern electricity, including Wireless Power
Isabellenhutte reduces contact resistance and heat development with ISA-CON 450
Steve Taranovich  
2/14/2019   Post a comment
Copper alloy for fasteners with better thermal conductivity and lower electrical resistance than Stainless Steel
Planet Analog's top reader picks in the last six years
Steve Taranovich  
2/12/2019   Post a comment
Let’s go back a few years and see the top ten tech blogs that Planet Analog readers liked best
Proton irradiation to enhance or degrade semiconductor performance
Steve Taranovich  
2/11/2019   Post a comment
I was not aware of was the technique of doping semiconductors using radiation defects that are produced by irradiation with protons and alpha particles.
Metastability in Space
Steve Taranovich  
1/28/2019   2 comments
Metastability can cause a spacecraft electronic failure. It may render a very expensive spacecraft/satellite unusable and if the spacecraft is manned, there could be lives in danger
LiDAR damage to camera at CES?
Steve Taranovich  
1/16/2019   11 comments
Recently, AEye, was demonstrating their LiDAR system at CES in Las Vegas. A man using his new $1,198 Sony camera found that his photographs were damaged after he took pictures of AEye’s LiDAR LASER scanning system
Top 10 Earthly benefits from the NASA Apollo program
Steve Taranovich  
1/8/2019   1 comment
NASA has an Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, that licenses technologies developed for space during the Apollo program, to benefit life on Earth. Here are my top 10 from the Apollo era.
What's a Gerber Variable Scale?
Steve Taranovich  
1/7/2019   1 comment
Back in the early 60s, there were really no computers or electronic calculators generally available to engineers. The Gerber Variable Scale was a time-saver for designers.
Up close and personal with the Shuttle Independence
Steve Taranovich  
12/20/2018   Post a comment
While in Houston recently, I visited the Space Center Houston and toured the 80-ton shuttle replica Independence, mounted atop the historic and original NASA 905 159-ton shuttle carrier aircraft (SCA), which was the first of the SCAs.
Simple Circuit Measures Relative Intensity of Two Light Sources
Steve Taranovich  
12/18/2018   2 comments
Can I measure the difference between two light sources with an instrumentation amplifier?
Apollo 8 Christmas in Space
Steve Taranovich  
12/15/2018   5 comments
NASA Orion Launch, Descent, and Launch abort simulator
Steve Taranovich  
12/9/2018   1 comment
I checked another item off my ‘Bucket list’ last week. NASA enabled me up to ‘fly’ the Mars Orion simulator!
The role of Sensors in the industrial IoT (IIoT)
Steve Taranovich  
11/14/2018   Post a comment
Industry 4.0 is the next generation of the manufacturing industry. A factory composed of smart devices is referred to as a Smart Factory.
PSMA Energy Management Technical Committee has a Leadership Opportunity
Steve Taranovich  
11/10/2018   Post a comment
The PSMA Board of Directors is looking for one or more volunteers interested in providing leadership for the Energy Management Technical Committee.
Electrophysiology: Neural Probes and Epilepsy
Steve Taranovich  
11/10/2018   Post a comment
Technology is advancing and can allow for seizure detection, recording a seizure diary for doctors to see, and seizure forecasting
National Geographic's Mars, Season 2
Steve Taranovich  
11/8/2018   Post a comment
This new season brings industry and science together in an uncomfortable, evolving struggle for necessary co-existence with different priorities and goals.
MEMS, MITRE, and DARPA
Steve Taranovich  
11/3/2018   1 comment
I was pleasantly surprised that the two most powerful presentations, at MSEC 2018, that will greatly benefit the MEMS industry, were from US Federal Government-funded agencies.
Nuvation Space DAQ solution: Pyrotechnics and electronics
Steve Taranovich  
11/2/2018   5 comments
Nuvation designed and built a data acquisition system for Space Systems Loral (SSL)
Using environmental sensors to enable autonomous mobility at MSEC
Steve Taranovich  
11/1/2018   Post a comment
One of the very informative presentations at the MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress (MSEC) this week was given by Marcellino Gemelli, Director of Global Business Development from Bosch Sensortec
DARPA's Ron Polcawich at MSEC 2018
Steve Taranovich  
10/23/2018   2 comments
Dr. Ron Polcawich, program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) of DARPA will be delivering a Keynote at the MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress (MSEC 2018)
Driving a Unipolar Gate Driver in a Bipolar Way
Steve Taranovich  
10/23/2018   2 comments
Do you need a specialized gate driver to deliver positive and negative voltages?
ECG Biometrics for automobile safety
Steve Taranovich  
10/18/2018   2 comments
I am always looking for ways to make our roads safe with engineering technology, especially with the advent of autonomous vehicles.
OmniVision Technology for improved surveillance imaging
Steve Taranovich  
10/17/2018   Post a comment
OmniVision has a really talented team of designers and engineers that have developed some state-of-the-art camera front ends with low noise and low power consumption IC designs.
Critical Launch Abort Systems
Steve Taranovich  
10/16/2018   10 comments
On Thursday, October 11, the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Soon after the launch, there was a problem with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted
NASA is 60 years old and is now a Spaceport
Steve Taranovich  
10/4/2018   1 comment
NASA has explored and is still exploring our universe and beyond. In this effort they have created so many things for space that greatly benefit our Planet Earth
ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP)---What's your Plan B?
Steve Taranovich  
9/30/2018   12 comments
An EMP is a high intensity electromagnetic pulse having broad frequency spectrum covering from low frequencies to the VHF and UHF bands. EMP is still a serious threat to the electronic systems and communication systems.
How do electronic systems react at high altitudes?
Steve Taranovich  
9/29/2018   4 comments
We recently had a question from an audience member on EDN regarding how cordless/battery-operated power tools might behave at higher altitudes.
Are you ready for some 3D football?: Intel True View technology
Steve Taranovich  
9/22/2018   2 comments
For those football-lovers in our audience and especially the tech-oriented ones, get ready for an amazing TV experience of your favorite football team (I hope it’s the Jets) created by Intel
Understanding the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
Steve Taranovich  
9/16/2018   4 comments
The EMP is no more damaging than to the power grid than a lightning strike.
Designing new mmW RADAR ICs for optimum performance
Steve Taranovich  
9/16/2018   Post a comment
Let’s take a look at some recent achievements in related mmW RADAR IC developments
Overvoltage Protection for RTD-Based Measurement Systems
Steve Taranovich  
9/12/2018   Post a comment
Is it possible to design a complete RTD module with overvoltage protection?
Creating sound for Electric Vehicle safety
Steve Taranovich  
9/10/2018   3 comments
The air-polluting, carbon emitting standard liquid fuel combustion engine vehicles have an audible engine sound, even when traveling at low speeds. Pedestrians and other vehicle drivers recognize a moving vehicle via sight and sound coming from tires and other emitted noise when the vehicle may be out of sight.
Ron Howard's 'Mars' on the National Geographic channel
Steve Taranovich  
9/6/2018   9 comments
‘Mars’ is scripted so that during each episode there are cut-aways to documentary-style discussion by actual scientists and thinkers who describe the reality of our endeavor to the Red Planet
Powering medical implants
Steve Taranovich  
9/3/2018   2 comments
I have always admired Medtronic’s technology. This is a company that helps improve the lives of so many people with their medical research and innovations
SpaceX Crew Dragon astronaut: A chance meeting in the desert
Steve Taranovich  
8/23/2018   Post a comment
In August 2015, I was out in the Yuma, AZ desert watching a NASA Mars Orion Space capsule drop from a C-17 in a parachute test. That’s when I first met NASA Astronaut Victor Glover
Designing LiDAR and more into Autonomous E racing
Steve Taranovich  
8/9/2018   Post a comment
I think that ROBORACE is one of the most intriguing Motorsports I have ever seen for advancing the technology necessary for safe and practical electric vehicles. Its uniqueness is in the fact that their race cars are driverless as well as being electric.
The loss of my friend and mentor Howard Skolnik
Steve Taranovich  
7/29/2018   3 comments
My good friend and Burr-Brown Analog mentor, Howard Skolnik passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Home on the Range: Getting Multiple Gain Ranges with Instrumentation Amplifiers
Steve Taranovich  
7/24/2018   1 comment
I have an instrumentation amplifier, but I need wider dynamic range than I can get with a single gain. Can I multiplex gain resistors to get programmable gain?
Remembering the Apollo LEM Moon landing
Steve Taranovich  
7/20/2018   3 comments
It was July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong became the first human to step foot on an extraterrestrial body---our Moon. Today is the 49th anniversary of that momentous event and we celebrate it in anticipation of next year’s 50th anniversary celebration
Formula E race and vehicle 2017/18 season
Steve Taranovich  
7/11/2018   2 comments
The following will familiarize you with the important points of the Formula E race and the images are of the Venturi Team drivers and the car that all teams are using
CubeSats with advanced technology are ready for space exploration
Steve Taranovich  
7/7/2018   Post a comment
While visiting the Space Tech Expo in May in Pasadena, CA, I came across a group of companies displaying their technical achievements and solutions for Small Satellites known as CubeSats
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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
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