Content posted in December 2005
Switches offer low capacitance
Articles 12/27/2005 Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc.'s ADG1233 and ADG1234 single-pole double-throw (spdt) switches operate with 12-V or 15-V supplies to deliver low capacitance and charge injection.
When what is old is new again
Articles 12/26/2005 Post a comment
Is the HTML code you are reading an example of “back to the future?” That’s what I thought as I got involved in the HTML coding that makes this site work as a web page for you.
Revisit the art of the estimate
Articles 12/19/2005 Post a comment
Don't fool yoruself with excess precision. Put away your keyboard and calculator and instead, stop and think about what answers make sense. You'll have more confidence in your final results, and minimize gross wrong or foolish answers.
TI introduces family of programmable analog video signal processors
Articles 12/17/2005 Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced three integrated high-performance three-channerl video amplifiers, which are the first to offer full I2C programmability of all functions independently for each channel. They are designed with integrated Butterworth filters to provide all the analog signal conditioning required in video applications such as set-top boxes, digital televisions, personal video recorders/DVD readers and portable USB devices
Analog front end targets wireless authentication apps
Articles 12/13/2005 Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc.'s first stand-alone, three-channel analog front end (AFE) for low frequency (125 kHz typical) wireless authentication applications is said to provide industry-best sensitivity and programmable antenna tuning for microcontroller-based systems.
Analog front end captures high-def content
Articles 12/12/2005 Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. launched the flagship device in a family of analog front ends for high-definition image/video processing applications with a low-voltage differential signaling interface that is said to boost signal conversion performance by 30 percent.
Book reveals engineering travails and triumph
Articles 12/11/2005 Post a comment
Take a break from work and multimedia and check out this fascinating book on the engineering of the Mars Rover missions: how they eventually succeeded, and the many times they almost failed during design, checkout, and on Mars
NEC introduces an intelligent power device for use in on-board control units
Articles 12/9/2005 Post a comment
NEC has announced the PD166007, an intelligent power device (IPD) for use in on-board electronic control units (ECUs) supporting applications such as headlights, anti-lock braking systems and air conditioners. With this new device, the mechanical switches or relays conventionally used to control these units have been replaced by semiconductors to enable smaller and lighter ECUs with improved on/off control and high reliability.
Are SoCs old wine with a new buzz?
Articles 12/5/2005 Post a comment
Every few years, our industry gets a new buzzword which becomes the "in" phrase. Remember ASSP, or application-specific standard product? That was a very useful and clear buzzword, but it never really caught on, unfortunately. This time around, I think it's "SoC"--the system-on-a-chip.
Dual 14-bit A/D targets software defined radios
Articles 12/2/2005 Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp.'s 14-bit, 105 Msamples/second, dual analog-to-digital (A/D) converter touts a flat signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) response of 72.2 dB up to 70 MHz, as well as spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) of 88 dB at baseband.
Clock generator reduces EMI
Articles 12/2/2005 Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor's crystal-based clock generator has an integrated phase-locked loop (PLL) to generate clock outputs, three pin-selectable multiplier rates, and three dither magnitudes to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI).
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.
Infineon MOSFETs have been embedded into PC boards by Schweizer Electronic AG
You now need to adjust component values to achieve some system goal, such as predefined frequency response or time behaviour, and there’s no closed method for working out those values.
As a member of the electronics design community, I am angry and disappointed with the recent deaths of 346 people due to the Boeing MAX 8 design
The theoretical advantages of GaN-based power transistors are now being realized in mainstream system designs. Power supplies for data centers and telecom switching racks are two application areas where GaN transistors show significant improvement in comparison to systems using best-in-class Silicon-based Superjunction devices.