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Steve Taranovich is a senior technical editor at EDN with 41 years of experience in the electronics industry. Steve received his MSEE from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York, and his BEEE from New York University, Bronx, New York. He is also chairman of the Educational Activities Committee for IEEE Long Island. His expertise is in analog, RF and power management with a diverse embedded processing education as it relates to analog design from his years at Burr-Brown and Texas Instruments. Steve was a circuit design engineer for his first 16 years in electronics. He then served as one of the first field application engineers with Burr-Brown Corp and also became one of their first global account managers, traveling to Europe, India and China.


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  • 06.11.2016
  • Monkey business takes out a power grid
  • Regarding insulated transformers, this may help. http://refugeforwildlife.com/stop-the-shocks-insulating-transformers-and-power-lines/ Although I am not sure exactly how the transformer tripped by the monkey falling upon it---maybe it's just an excuse by the power company for another of their frequent blackouts
  • 06.17.2016
  • The Tesla Model S, ultracapacitors, and large energy storage
  • @MWagner---you have some very good questions and points. Regarding curtailment, a very controversial subject---some reasons for curtailment are due to RMR (Reliability-Must-Run) needs: this is where emergency generators are sitting idle, even during peak demand hours, so this is excess capacity for which the power utilities incur costs to maintain. The National Renewables Energy Lab (NREL) explains it well: Curtailments can result when operators or utilities command wind and solar generators to reduce output to minimize transmission congestion or otherwise manage the system or achieve the optimal mix of resources. Curtailment of wind and solar resources typically occurs because of transmission congestion or lack of transmission access, but it can also occur for reasons such as excess generation during low load periods that could cause baseload generators to reach minimum generation thresholds, because of voltage or interconnection issues, or to maintain frequency requirements, particularly for small, isolated grids. Curtailment is one among many tools to maintain system energy balance, which can also include grid capacity, hydropower and thermal generation, demand response, storage, and institutional changes. Deciding which method to use is primarily a matter of economics and operational practice.
  • 06.08.2016
  • Vacuum tube technology resurrected
  • All interesting ideas---I will stay involved in this subject for a while to see where the technology goes, but I do believe that it will be significant and may move in unforseen directions as we proceed
  • 06.10.2016
  • Remembering Jim Williams, 5 years later
  • Great remembrance Paul, and those photos and commentary by those who knew him well, give excellent insight to all of us, into who Jim was , but especially to those new engineers who maybe do not know him well or at not at all. Thanks for the memories.
  • 06.08.2016
  • Vacuum tube technology resurrected
  • Hi dick_freebird---This is only a "blog"--short and sweet, but filled with all the tech links I could find out there including NASA Ames' white paper from IEEE XPlore. There is not enough good tech info for a full-blown EDN Analog article yet. (stay tuned) If that's not enough, then you must wait for more research to emerge since it is still early in this new process and much is still being investigated.
  • 05.05.2016
  • Happy Birthday EDN and Disneyland
  • Hi Harold, Thanks for sharing your memories. I really love your Broadcast History page---could you put together some broadcast innovations and happenings around the time EDN published its first magazine on May 9, 1956? If so, then please send to my e-mail steve.taranovich@ubm.com