Analog

Steve Taranovich
Editor
Latest design tips and clever circuit architectures that analog design engineers must have to keep up with fast-paced developments in the analog world of interface, timing, and RF advancements. Industry innovations and processes that enhance analog performance are some of the many topics to be explored in great technical depth as they happen.

Peregrine Semiconductor: Intelligent Integration in RF/Microwave

While at IMS in Phoenix, AZ this year, I had the pleasure of meeting Kinana Hussain, Director of Marketing for Peregrine Semiconductor (Now a Murata company). We sat down during the exhibits portion of IMS to discuss who Peregrine is in 2015 and I was pleasantly surprised and very well informed about their unique technology and capability in RF. Hussain mentioned that he would discuss High Performance Analog (HPA) with me----well, that made me sit up and listen! Read More...

Engineers help save the Honey Bee with RFID

As the tagged bees leave the hive each day, their RFID tag passes in front of the receiver located at the hive entrance and their individual information is registered and recorded. Read More...

Was Tesla for real, or not?

A new book about Nikola Tesla attempts to cast doubt that the mythical engineer's inventions weren't all that original. Instead, history is written by those who patent inventions. Read More...

Using Infinite Synthesized Networks (ISN) design techniques to create RF filters

Using Infinite Synthesized Networks (ISN) Design Techniques to Develop Low-Cost, High-Performance Tunable Acoustic Wave RF Filters Read More...

EDN electronics exclusive: Orion lands safely in desert parachute tests

Work on the Orion spacecraft reveals NASA’s focus on astronaut safety using science, engineering, and technology. Read More...

How to build a potentiometer with familiar outputs – and unfamiliar qualities

The classic potentiometer (pot) has been used successfully in electronics system designs for decades: its strengths and weaknesses are very well understood. But what if the pot were able to be re-invented? Which characteristics would the design engineer choose to change? Read More...

NASA Orion’s challenging journey to the Red Planet: Power and Thermal mission planning

Nujoud Merancy’s group is Mission planning; that is, how Orion gets to where it is supposed to go knowing Orion’s capabilities, her team goes over the thermal and power profiles that they have Read More...

Find IGBT degradation through power cycling

A power-cycling experiment, accelerated through temperature cycling, reveals how an IGBT's die-attach materials can break down. Read More...

Oldies but Goodies: Some articles never get old!

Some articles are just timeless. Written by some of the best Analog talent, many articles remain as favorites as the basic technology has not really changed. Read More...

The Power of ZigBee 3.0 – All about the new and improved ZigBee 3.0

And what Smart Home and IoT devices development decision makers need to know Read More...

7 Steps to a Successful Analog ASIC

I’m willing to bet that there are tens of thousands of analog applications out there that would benefit financially from ASIC integration. So what’s the holdup? Based on my 40+ years in the Analog IC business, I can boil it down to one word. Misinformation. Read More...

Tektronix expands function generator line

AFG3151C and AFG3152C add 150 MHz models to the AFG3000 series. Read More...

Submit Design Ideas and share your knowledge

When I was a circuit designer in the 70s and 80s, I was an avid reader of EDN and EETimes. After I read the interesting tech articles on EDN and news on EETimes, I immediately would go to the Design Ideas section of EDN and cut out any article that might be useful to my designs or the designs of my colleagues. Read More...

LVDS display bridges and automated measurements, part 2

Part 2 describes the automation flow for characterizing LVDS devices used in automotive SoCs. Read More...

Meet Daniel's new oscilloscope

Keysight Technologies presented a new oscilloscope to incoming MIT freshman Daniel Sheen on August 12, 2015. Read More...

2GHz to 14GHz Mixer with Integrated LO Frequency Doubler and IIP3 of 24.4dBm

In a journey towards the 5G standard, the industry is forging ahead with increasing bandwidth to prepare for the inevitable increase in Internet traffic. The present spectrum in use will not be able to handle the necessary bandwidth for LTE-A into 5G. Read More...

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Software PLL syncs to line using moving-average filter

A software PLL with a jitter attenuator lends itself to AC-line filtering and many other applications. Read More...

Fast, low-noise JFET amp is stable over temperature

This Design Idea combines the strong points of JFETs and CFAs to make a high-impedance amplifier that’s fast, stable over temperature, and quiet. Read More...

Single-MOSFET circuits gate & modulate

The humble discrete MOSFET shows its versatility in this Design Idea. Read More...

Read multiple switches using ADC

How the author learned to interface 8 switches using zero GPIOs. Read More...

Gain-selectable IC yields voltage-to-current converter

A voltage-to-current converter Design Idea with no discrete components and excellent specs. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Driver for 14-bit, 4.5 MSPS ADC operates over a wide gain range

Assure optimum performance by matching up ADC and input driver. Read More...

Simulate digital filters with PSpice

PSpice isn’t just for analog! This Design Idea shows it can handle digital filter simulation too. Read More...

Instrumentation amp makes an accurate transimpedance amp too

The interesting topology in this Design Idea turns a monolithic in-amp into a good transimpedance amp for photodiode or similar applications. Read More...

Schmitt trigger adapts its own thresholds

If you need to condition a widely-varying signal, a simple Schmitt won’t work, but this DI will. Read More...

Voltage indicator transitions between colours

Using a two-colour LED, this Design Idea indicates power-on and voltage level. Read More...

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Amplifier enables precise current-shunt measurement

Along with robust isolation, the Si8920 amplifier from Silicon Labs provides a high signal bandwidth of up to 750 kHz and low signal delay. Read More...

Converter IC simplifies thermocouple design

Equipped with cold-junction compensation, Microchip’s MCP9600 IC converts thermocouple electromotive force to temperature in degrees Celsius. Read More...

Knowm's memristors alive & shipping

True bidirectional memristors are now available for experimentation as well as integration onto CMOS chips, enabling machine learning and other breakthrough apps. Read More...

Tektronix expands function generator line

AFG3151C and AFG3152C add 150 MHz models to the AFG3000 series. Read More...

2GHz to 14GHz Mixer with Integrated LO Frequency Doubler and IIP3 of 24.4dBm

In a journey towards the 5G standard, the industry is forging ahead with increasing bandwidth to prepare for the inevitable increase in Internet traffic. The present spectrum in use will not be able to handle the necessary bandwidth for LTE-A into 5G. Read More...

Mixer integrates LO amplifier and doubler

A double-balanced mixer that operates as either an upconverter or downconverter, the LTC5549 from Linear Technology works from 2 GHz to 14 GHz. Read More...

LVPECL VCXO boasts ultralow noise floor

Outfitted with differential LVPECL output, the CVPD-922 VCXO from Crystek offers one of the industry’s lowest noise floors at -162 dBc/Hz. Read More...

Harmonic analyzer provides power waveform measurements

Vitrek’s PA900 Precision Power Analyser is positioned as the first of a new class of affordable graphical power analyzers. Read More...

Pentek bundles signal-interface cards and carriers

FlexorSets from Pentek combine FMC (FPGA mezzanine card) modules and Virtex-7 FMC carriers preconfigured with optimized IP. Read More...

Smartphone ICs sense color, proximity, and gesture

Optical sensing modules in the TMx4903 series from ams integrate multiple functions in a low-profile 5.0×2.0×0.1-mm package. Read More...

Interface IC calibrates sensor outputs

A 16:1 sensor-interface analog front-end IC, the XR10910 from Exar, connects multiple sensors and simplifies sensor conditioning. Read More...

Probe adapters simplify interfacing Teledyne LeCroy oscilloscopes

Adapt probes from Tektronix with the TPA 10 to Teledyne LeCroy oscilloscopes. Use the CA 10 to adapt third-party current probes. Read More...

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Teardown: Ruggedness and flexibility keep PLCs strong in industrial

A teardown of an Allen-Bradley (Rockwell Automation) Micro850 programmable logic controller, the epitome of rugged industrial control, shows that optocouplers are the go-to technology for reliable isolation, while flexibility and easy programmability using modern languages remains key to PLC’s longevity. Read More...

Teardown: The Engineer’s Mind

For this teardown episode, the recent Mind of the Engineer Study provides a view of your perception of the engineering mind: What you think of you, and what you think others think of you. There are some surprises, some affirmations, and of course some fun twists. Read More...

Teardown: Maxwell's equations

If Maxwell's Equations were a piece of hardware, most of us would be eager to see what's inside the box. But you won't find the literary equivalent of a physical teardown because the subject is basically mathematical and as such, requires a certain amount of rigor to explain and understand. If you're willing to trade mathematical rigor for readability, this article may be the refresher you've been looking for. Read More...

Teardown: The nuances of variable-frequency drives

Get an inside view of induction-motor control by varying frequency using PWM. Read More...

The Scrubbing Bubbles power sprayer

A brilliant design costs you only pennies per spritz. Read More...

The 24V, 300W, BLDC Kollmorgen motor integrated controller

A motor mixes mechanical and electrical beauty with questionable thermal design. Read More...

The Tektronix 1101 oscilloscope-probe power supply

A mechanical design is at once a masterpiece and an expensive expedient. Read More...

Bulldog Security RS82B remote-vehicle-starter system

Microprocessor-controlled relays let you start your car 100 yards away. Read More...

The 15W Fender Squier guitar amplifier

Replacing all of the potentiometers makes a scratchy old amp sound great again. Read More...

The Schauer TB10012 battery charger

A 30-year-old nonworking battery charger makes a perfect Prying Eyes candidate—and gets a new lease on life. Read More...

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Using Infinite Synthesized Networks (ISN) design techniques to create RF filters

Using Infinite Synthesized Networks (ISN) Design Techniques to Develop Low-Cost, High-Performance Tunable Acoustic Wave RF Filters Read More...

How to build a potentiometer with familiar outputs – and unfamiliar qualities

The classic potentiometer (pot) has been used successfully in electronics system designs for decades: its strengths and weaknesses are very well understood. But what if the pot were able to be re-invented? Which characteristics would the design engineer choose to change? Read More...

EDN electronics exclusive: Orion lands safely in desert parachute tests

Work on the Orion spacecraft reveals NASA’s focus on astronaut safety using science, engineering, and technology. Read More...

The Power of ZigBee 3.0 – All about the new and improved ZigBee 3.0

And what Smart Home and IoT devices development decision makers need to know Read More...

7 Steps to a Successful Analog ASIC

I’m willing to bet that there are tens of thousands of analog applications out there that would benefit financially from ASIC integration. So what’s the holdup? Based on my 40+ years in the Analog IC business, I can boil it down to one word. Misinformation. Read More...

Safely Riding the Internet Highway

Learning how to drive the internet highway on the path to the Smart Home means rules, regulations and laws. Read More...

Zero-Drift Amplifiers: Now easy to use in high precision circuits

A zero-drift amplifier, as the name suggests, is an amplifier with offset voltage drift very close to zero. It uses auto-zero or chopping technology, or a combination of both, to continuously self-correct for DC errors over time and temperature. Read More...

Power Amplifiers: Playing It Safe

When your power amplifier mimics a steam engine, you know that something is wrong – terribly wrong. Using power amplifiers for high voltage or high current applications has its challenges, in particular when the output of the amplifier is used for equipment that is handled by others or that is used in harsh environments. Read More...

Product How-to: Integrated sensor interface Analog Front End simplifies sensor conditioning

Sensors are used in a variety of consumer and industrial markets from cell phones and tablets to precision detection, distance measurement, identification/image processing and process instrumentation applications Read More...

Two simple secondary battery circuits

Over the last couple of decades the use of rechargeable batteries has grown enormously, and for most common applications there are ASICs which control battery management with very little additional circuitry. Read More...

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Peregrine Semiconductor: Intelligent Integration in RF/Microwave

While at IMS in Phoenix, AZ this year, I had the pleasure of meeting Kinana Hussain, Director of Marketing for Peregrine Semiconductor (Now a Murata company). We sat down during the exhibits portion of IMS to discuss who Peregrine is in 2015 and I was pleasantly surprised and very well informed about their unique technology and capability in RF. Hussain mentioned that he would discuss High Performance Analog (HPA) with me----well, that made me sit up and listen! Read More...

Was Tesla for real, or not?

A new book about Nikola Tesla attempts to cast doubt that the mythical engineer's inventions weren't all that original. Instead, history is written by those who patent inventions. Read More...

Engineers help save the Honey Bee with RFID

As the tagged bees leave the hive each day, their RFID tag passes in front of the receiver located at the hive entrance and their individual information is registered and recorded. Read More...

Oldies but Goodies: Some articles never get old!

Some articles are just timeless. Written by some of the best Analog talent, many articles remain as favorites as the basic technology has not really changed. Read More...

Submit Design Ideas and share your knowledge

When I was a circuit designer in the 70s and 80s, I was an avid reader of EDN and EETimes. After I read the interesting tech articles on EDN and news on EETimes, I immediately would go to the Design Ideas section of EDN and cut out any article that might be useful to my designs or the designs of my colleagues. Read More...

Meet Daniel's new oscilloscope

Keysight Technologies presented a new oscilloscope to incoming MIT freshman Daniel Sheen on August 12, 2015. Read More...

Keep It Odd

When you are setting up a control loop of some kind, it's easy to fall into a trap regarding the number of signal inverting stages that you have in your feedback path. Read More...

Dennis Monticelli’s parting comments for engineers

Fifteen years ago Dennis Monticelli was named as a National Semiconductor Fellow and just recently has retired from Texas Instruments Silicon Valley (Formerly National Semiconductor) on July 31, 2015. Read More...

Meetup at Maker Faire!

My Smart Hat just reminded it's time to invite you to our 2nd annual Reader/Editor Meet-Up at the NY Maker Faire, held Sept. 26 & 27, at the New York Hall of Science. Please join me, and your fellow EDN readers for fun, fellowship and a chance to go backstage at some of the Faire's most interesting exhibitors. Read More...

Celebrate Pluto and Apollo

The anniversary of the first moon landing and the Pluto flyby provides the perfect opportunity to highlight EDN's space coverage over the years. Read More...

Calling all Analog Aficionados to ESC lunch get-together

The Embedded Systems Conference will be in full swing next week. Tim McCune, president of Linear Systems and coordinator of the Analog Aficionados dinner, will be at ESC with me and maybe some surprise analog guests. Read More...

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