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LiDAR damage to camera at CES?
Steve Taranovich  
1/16/2019   Post a comment
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   Post a 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.
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   11 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   2 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   1 comment
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
Power inverters, batteries and Supercapacitors
Steve Taranovich  
7/5/2018   Post a comment
A supercapacitor boost technology called S-CAP BOOST designed for backup and peak power solutions to industrial and medical applications. This technology is based on the latest supercapacitor technology and combined with intelligent control and monitoring
LoRaWAN solutions slideshow
Steve Taranovich  
6/26/2018   1 comment
The many elements/solutions existing that make up the total infrastructure solution for LoRaWAN
Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors?
Steve Taranovich  
6/24/2018   2 comments
New material boasts high dielectric constant, supports voltages up to 3,000V, stores more energy in less volume, and withstands higher temperatures -- what's not to love?
Formula E racing in Brooklyn: My hometown
Steve Taranovich  
6/16/2018   Post a comment
I have received an invitation by ROHM to a Paddock Tour which will be held at the venue of Formula E in their Brooklyn, New York race on July 12. This is part of the event’s worldwide racing tour.
A real Power Op Amp: 900V at 1,700 V/us
Steve Taranovich  
6/16/2018   Post a comment
High voltage, high speed with high slew rate with low noise are not all easy parameters to achieve in a single amplifier
New tutorial tools for analog design: Op Amp and ADC Cookbooks
Steve Taranovich  
6/16/2018   Post a comment
Today’s circuit designers usually will need to design with analog circuitry on their boards, even if the core circuitry is Processor-based or a power supply design, MEMS/sensor or such. The
Flex circuits in deep space
Steve Taranovich  
6/11/2018   Post a comment
Hansler told me that there is one extended-length flex cable that powers the Rover’s mast.
Pocket-Size White Noise Generator for Quickly Testing Circuit Signal Response
Steve Taranovich  
6/11/2018   Post a comment
Can you produce a frequency spectrum for all frequencies at the same time?
Journeying a long way from 1972 PONG
Steve Taranovich  
6/3/2018   Post a comment
Mr. Ted Dabney passed away recently, but he and his colleagues used a handful of inexpensive TV components to create the first commercial video game, Computer Space in 1971 which ultimately led to PONG.
Space Tech Expo 2018: Keynote by NASA
Steve Taranovich  
5/23/2018   Post a comment
To my delight, the Space Tech Expo first day Keynote address was given by Todd May, Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Mars 2020 Rover will carry a drone Copter
Steve Taranovich  
5/22/2018   4 comments
The Mars 2020 Rover is scheduled to launch in July 2020, with a unique first---- the Rover will carry and deploy a tiny, autonomous rotorcraft.
1920s thoughts regarding radiotelegraphy
Steve Taranovich  
5/17/2018   Post a comment
Ever wonder how we got to 5G? Many earlier discoveries, experiments analyses led to wireless communication, but let’s look at what helped spur wireless radio 90 to 100 years ago.
College students and educators benefit as Arduino and MathWorks team up
Steve Taranovich  
5/12/2018   Post a comment
I do not believe that there is anything more powerful in our industry for mentoring prospective young ‘techies’ than a learning tool powered by MATLAB and Simulink software.
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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
The e-car basic concept is represented by the role of the electronics technology in making the car more comfortable, safe and effectively interacting with the driver. The first characteristic, comfort, is nowadays being dramatically enhanced by the new solution known as Road Noise Control (acronym: RNC) that has been introduced by BOSE during the CES 2019 in Las Vegas
Early microcontrollers had fixed I/O. It may have been possible to connect one of several internal peripherals to the I/O pins, but those pins were restricted and there was never an option of conditioning those outputs
In the not too distant past, if you were seen holding a conversation with a household appliance, you might have run the risk of being committed.
The voltage regulator is a very important part of the power management and the placement of voltage regulator plays an important role in improving the performance.
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