AM Radio: The Beat Goes On (for a Little Bit Longer)
Analog Angle 2/27/2013 20 comments
AM broadcast radio has fallen on hard times. But before we dismiss it as a relic, let's do two things: Recognize how many of today's advances in electronics were driven by basic radio, and also admit that it is a model of channel simplicity and audience scalability.
What Makes a Great Analog IC?
Analog Angle 2/22/2013 11 comments
There are many good analog ICs released each year, and some very good ones, but there are only a few great ones that make engineers go "wow" and achieve long viable design-in life as well. What are the ways for a product to achieve such status?
When Engineers Are a Little Too Smart for Themselves
Analog Angle 2/7/2013 5 comments
A good designer not only does a careful and thorough job, but also is careful not to count on subtle, non-guaranteed performance aspects of the circuit components -- which may change in a part redesign or in a change of vendors.
(Under)standing Your Ground
Analog Angle 2/4/2013 7 comments
It's OK to be less than precise when you use words such as "ground," but be careful that you don't forget that ground means a real connection to the Earth. Increasingly, that is not the case in many of today's product designs.