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.

Analog-Device Advances Breathe Flexibility into Design
Several interesting analog ICs making their debut in the first quarter of 2015 adapt to the exacting requirements of their targeted products.
A Quick Tutorial on PCBs
Almost all PCBs consist of resin-system components along with some reinforcement. There are two subclasses: glass reinforced and non-glass reinforced.
Hand-Prototype PCBs Like an Industry Veteran
Here’s what 40 years’ experience in large companies and small (some very small) can teach you about handling PCBs during the development stage of product engineering.
Testing Provides Challenges to Would-be IoT Developers 1
One would think it would be easy to come up with a novel idea and bring it to market. But how do you know that your design really works? Perhaps more importantly, how do you know that it meets government regulations?
Power Forecast: New Regs for Energy Efficiency Challenge EPS Makers
Remember the fuss in 2006 when the California Energy Commission imposed a half-watt standby requirement on "wall-warts?" This time around, power-supply makers are ready for, and eager to comply with, new international standards.
Test and Measurement Forecast: Test Instruments Just Don’t Look the Same Anymore
It’s becoming easier to understand what your scope or spectrum analyzer is telling you, and easier to take it to the measurement environment.
Analog Forecast: Faster Hardware, New Apps Push ADC Boundaries 2
Higher-speed processors, greater chip densities, and direct downconversion, force analog chipmakers to move beyond the “classic” analog-to-digital converter model.
A Look Ahead at Wireless Charging
One thing about wearable tech: In general, chargeable wearables present a challenge for coil orientation. Phones have big flat surfaces and users lay them on top of other flat surfaces, so the problem is reduced to two dimensions...
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
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.
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Mar 6, 2015

Programming Efficiency: Part 2 2

A number of years ago I did some work on a PABX. The device was electromechanical and far from state of the art, but the owner had been talked into spending a bunch of money expanding it and couldn’t justify scrapping it....More
Jan 21, 2015

How To Dumb Down Smart Electronics 8

In our generation of microcontroller-enhanced everything, it has been frustrating at best to see how often the capability of smart hardware has been foiled by the design of poorly purposed software....More
Dec 15, 2014

Who Are You? (I Really Want to Know!) 7

Borrowing a stanza from The Who’s hit song seemed like a good way to bring attention to a critical topic often ignored by engineers. When finding information on a company that has an interesting product, what do we do? Of course, we look at its Web page to learn more....More

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