Don Tuite


Don Tuite covers Analog and Power issues for Electronic Design’s magazine and website. He has a BSEE and an M.S in Technical Communication, and has worked for companies in aerospace, broadcasting, test equipment, semiconductors, publishing, and media relations, focusing on developing insights that link technology, business, and communications. Don is also a ham radio operator (NR7X), private pilot, and motorcycle rider, and he’s not half bad on the 5-string banjo.

Maxim Integrated’s Petaluma Reference Design for Three-Phase Power Monitoring
For the “best” power product, I chose Maxim Integrated Power’s “Petaluma” reference design, which measures and reports on three-phase power as it travels across the grid.
Very-Low-Input-Bias-Current Op Amp Has Plenty of Written Support for Design Engineers
Late in September, Linear Technology announced single and dual FET-input op amps (LTC6268 and LTC6269) intended for application in wide-dynamic-range transimpedance amplifier (TIA) and buffer applications.
Turn Out Those Lights! 5
The whole point of Akasaki, Amano, and Nakamura’s blue LEDs is that you can turn them OFF and on again fast. It’s nice that they have high luminous efficacy. However, regardless of the few watts it takes to squeeze out a lumen, white LEDs are doing their best for the environment when they’re dark.
A Long Way from CAT-5-Powered VoIP Phones
Cisco's vision of Universal Power over Ethernet (UPOE) extends from the evolution of thin clients to financial trading floors, hospitality, and retail establishments.
PoE Max Power Pushes to 60 W and Beyond 2
Power over Ethernet (PoE) has matured into a technology capable of delivering 50 and 60 W or more via the same CAT-5 cables that bring the Internet to cubicles in an office space.
Behind the Engineering that Goes into a Leg Prosthesis
As Otto Bock Healthcare's renowned C-Leg demonstrates, the engineering behind leg prostheses is nothing short of incredible.
International Rectifier to be Acquired by Infineon for $3B 1
On Wednesday, the German semiconductor company, Infineon, and U.S. semi maker International Rectifier (IR) announced that Infineon would be acquiring IR in a deal estimated to be worth $8 billion.
Readers Pick The Top 101 Components
We receive a ton of new product announcements every day, and we spotlight the most innovative and useful items on and in our “Products of the Week” e-mail newsletters...
The Top 101 Components Of 2014
Enclosures, sensors, switches, passives, and more prove their mettle in this year's survey.
Vehicle Charging Standards: A Quick Primer 1
The United States and Europe lay claim to the two most commonly employed vehicle charging standards. Here's what you need to know about both.
CUI Inc at APEC 2014 - Novum High Current Digital POLs
CUI Senior Vice President, Mark Adams, talks with Don Tuite at APEC 2014 about the company’s new family of high current digital point of load dc-dc modules that set performance benchmarks in efficiency, power density, and transient response. The 60 A and 90 A modules are designed specifically to meet the growing power challenges in today’s advanced processors and FPGAs.
CUI Inc at APEC 2014 - Novum Advanced Power Overview
CUI Senior Vice President, Mark Adams, talks with Don Tuite at APEC 2014 about the Novum® Advanced Power product line which has been developed to specifically address the growing complexities in today’s advanced designs. The two discuss IBC and digital POL modules for distributed power architectures, applications, and challenges.
CUI Inc at APEC 2014 – Solus® Power Topology
CUI Director of Engineering for Novum Advanced Power, Fariborz Musavi, talks with Don Tuite at APEC 2014 about the Solus® Power Topology and the advantages it provides in isolated and non-isolated dc-dc converter designs through a significant reduction in switching and conductivity losses.
LED Controller Provides “Half-Watt Standby”
"The 88EM8189 includes an energy-efficient on-chip supply for the ZigBee IC."
Blend Blue LEDs And Phosphors To Make HB LEDs 1
"Achieving a blue LED junction with high luminous efficacy became a holy grail for LED researchers because it opened the door to the manufacture of high-brightness (HB) “white” LEDs."
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Nov 11, 2014

How to Outsource Your Project to Failure 4

This article will address failure to carefully vet a potential manufacturing or “turnkey” partner and/or failure to transfer sufficient information and requirements to such a partner, a very common problem I have seen again and again with my clients over the years, and have been the shoulder cried upon by several relatives and clients in the past....More
Nov 11, 2014

Transition from the Academe to the Industry Unraveled 1

There have been many arguments here and there about how short-comings of universities and colleges yield engineers with skill sets that do not cater to the demands of the industry. There have been many arguments here and there about an imminent shortage of engineers lacking knowledge in the sciences. There have been many arguments here and there about how the experience and know-how of engineers in the industry may vanish due to the fact that they can’t be passed on because the academic curriculum deviates from it....More
Nov 11, 2014

Small Beginnings 5

About 10 years ago I received a phone call from an acquaintance. He had found a new opportunity selling some sort of investments and he wanted to share it with me in case I was interested. Ken had done fairly well for many years as a contract software developer primarily in the financial services sector. His specialty was writing RPG code. (RPG is often referred to as a write only language.) But he was seeing the handwriting on the wall as the industry moved on to other methods, and saw himself becoming a fossil....More

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