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Use copper to temperature-compensate high current measurements

Measuring high currents via cable voltage drop is an economical solution, but how can the large copper tempco be compensated? Read More...

Hybrid PWM/R2R DAC improves on both

DAC designs allow for a seemingly endless range of incremental improvements. Here’s another you’ll like. Read More...

Transcendental resistors simplify precision design

The right resistor value can make the difference between a successful, elegant design, and an abject failure. Read More...

Color sensor achieves high dynamic range with auto exposure

For machine vision and other applications, this circuit provides consistent RGB sensing regardless of illumination level. Read More...

Multi-decade current monitor the epitome of simplicity

This DI will likely make the simplest piece of T&M gear on your bench. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Uncompromised clocking solution for 16bit 2.5Gsps DAC

System performance & phase noise depend on clock as much as DAC quality. Read More...

Protect your boost converter

This Design Idea addresses boost converters’ inherent short-circuit vulnerability while also providing reverse-polarity protection. Read More...

Body diodes simplify UPS & energy recovery circuits

This circuit sketch shows how to turn body-diode lemons into lemonade. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Electrolytic capacitor-based data backup power solution for a 12V system with 5V to 36V input

This module provides hold-up power in e.g., embedded systems, and can also be combined with a buck-boost module for a robust power system suitable Read More...

Capacitor self-diagnostics

Electrolytic capacitors are often a system’s weak link. This Design Idea helps you keep tabs on their condition. Read More...

LED strings driven by current source/mirror

This unusual dual-output current source can, for example, drive LED strings at any desired current ratio. Read More...

LTC Design Note: 60V Buck-Boost LED driver has up to 98% efficiency, PWM dimming, spread spectrum

LED driver design is highly efficient, flicker-free, minimizes EMI, and plays well in the automotive environment. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Ultrathin dual 2.5A or single 5A μModule regulator fits on the backside of PCBs, allowing space on the topside for digital ICs

This versatile DC-DC excels where height is limited and multiple ganging options are advantageous. Read More...

AM detector more sensitive than simple diode

A traditional diode RF detector has its limitations. This DI describes a simple way to overcome them. Read More...

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