As the new Editor-in-chief at Planet Analog, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brad Albing, my predecessor, for all the hard work he did at Planet Analog. Brad has left for other interests and we wish him success in his new endeavors.
I will be changing a number of things at Planet Analog, and one of the first new (but not so new) additions will be to have more tutorial and educational tech blogs. This is something that Planet Analog in the past has excelled at and I believe that the readers (you) will appreciate this restoration. This change will be ramping up in February. Please do give me feedback as to what else you would like to see on Planet Analog — we are here for you.
A brand new addition will be the monthly “Ask the experts” session in which we will have a panel of the best experts in the industry for each topic. I will be starting with a kind of chat session and I hope ultimately to morph these sessions into voice and reader submissions of questions that I can rank in order of importance to the topic, which I then route to the experts for them to answer.
For the first session, on March 26 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific) to accommodate any European colleagues, we will begin with the basics — the Transistor. Transistor design is a lost art for analog designers. There are many occasions when a simple piece of circuitry will suffice for a system need as part of an overall design. (Linear Technology and industry expert Bob Dobkin gave me this idea for the first session — I was thinking about the Op Amp, but I love the idea of starting with the very simple, but not too simple, basics.)
I will be giving you a rolling three-month schedule of sessions every month. On April 23, we will feature Linear Regulators, and on May 21 we will have the Voltage and Current tutorial.
Finally, I will be instituting “Design Challenges,” in which our readers may submit a design challenge they are having. I will submit those to all Planet Analog readers in a blog so that you may chime in with your expertise and suggestions for a solution, and with robust design commentary. This will begin in mid-February.
We value your input, so please do comment on what you would like to see more of on Planet Analog. I’m listening.