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.

Articles by Don Tuite
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."
Wide Variety of Applications for Efficient Power Conversion's GaN Technology
Electronic Design's Don Tuite chats with Alex Lidow from Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) about new and novel applications for their GaN FET technology. When the company was founded, the focus was on power semiconductors, but different applications have cropped up since EPC began shipping products, and the range of applications has stretched far beyond the power realm.
Transphorm Reveals GaN Reliability Data
Transphorm has been boasting of its position in practical GaN devices for several years at APEC. This year, Transphorm's Carl Blake was pleased to announce that they had complete data about reliability of its products’ failure rates under voltage stress to show the world.
What’s All This About Contributed Articles?
"Of course, we’re eager to see what submissions we’ll receive next."
Ultracaps Solve Diesel-Cranking Problems
"On mandated layovers, long-haul drivers use all kinds of appliances for light, entertainment, and climate in the cab, while the trailer can pull even more energy for refrigeration."
Scopes Move Into A More Intelligent Future 1
"Downloadable firmware has made scopes a lot more versatile in terms of how well they can concentrate on the measurements needed for specific tasks. These days, it’s all in the software."
Partial Fallback to Analog May Help Smart Pacemakers Run Longer on a Battery Charge
For use in pacemakers, a new analog signal processor (ASP) utilizes an analog feature extractor (FE) to consume minimal power.
Power Experts Ponder Moore’s Law And Today’s Tech
"With the PMBus specification revision 1.3 releasing at APEC this year, the inclusion of AVSBus to support this need helps ensure that future power supply needs can continue to be met."
400-V DC Distribution in the Data Center Gets Real 2
"Better efficiency is possible with 400-V dc power delivery because it eliminates three power conversion steps and enables single end-to-end voltage throughout the data center."
Analog Experts Note The Trend Toward Targeted Applications
"That’s a really interesting example because that market didn’t exist 10 years ago."
Power Semiconductor Makers Target New Products For Specific Applications 1
"Today’s top semiconductor manufacturers have a new goal: goof-proofing their designs."
Analog Chip Companies Provide Higher Levels Of Design Support
"A junior engineer can be assigned to a project and still come up with an acceptable design in a reasonable amount of time and with less need for interaction with a senior engineer."
Shuji Nakamura: New Materials Light The Way To Blue LED Innovations
"Red and green LEDs were fairly easy. But blue, which could be used with “yellow” phosphors to produce a mix of photons that would appear white, was another story.
Ultrasound Platform Opens Business Opportunities
"The doctor now can market the complete platform to other doctors with far more credibility than the best sales reps that Cephasonics can hire. The doctor shares in the profits from each sale as well."

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