Ross Sabolcik

Ross
Sabolcik
Silicon Labs, Power Matters

Director of wireless products at Silicon Labs. He holds a master’s degree in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BSEE from Penn State University.

Articles
Modern CMOS Isolation Enhances Motor Control Efficiency
High-efficiency motor control techniques from industrial applications now are being used in consumer applications. As a result, there are huge incentives and pressures to improve the efficiency of electric motors in a wide variety of applications.
With Proper Isolation, You Won’t Need To Do The Safety Dance Around High Voltages 3
By incorporating modern CMOS isolation devices into new high-voltage consumer devices, manufacturers can ensure that their smaller, improved systems don’t give end users a nasty shock.
Industrial Energy-Efficiency Techniques Hit The Residential Market 1
Three examples of energy-efficiency technologies formerly limited to large industrial applications that are now penetrating consumer products.
To Build Or To Buy? That Is The Wireless Developer’s Question

You face this dilemma on a regular basis—should you do a job yourself or hire someone to do it for you? I’m a car guy, and when I was younger, I used to change the oil myself. It was a point of both pride and economics. But over the years as oil changes moved into the realm of 15-minute quick-change stations, it really didn’t make sense to do it myself anymore.

Make Sure Your Wireless Designs Can Go The Distance—Literally

I’m a sports car guy. It’s in my blood. Ever since I was old enough to drive, I’ve had sports cars. But now I have two growing sons, and my two-door is no longer feasible as a family car. So I decided to upgrade from a sports car to a roomier sports sedan.

After months of research, I settled on a great car with lots of power, fantastic handling, and great styling. I really love this car except for one thing—the remote keyless entry (RKE) system works from only 10 feet away. How can a car this nice have such a lackluster wireless remote?

Sprechen Zie Wireless M-Bus? Parlez-Vouz 6LoWPAN?

When I first heard about object-oriented programming as a software engineer developing embedded firmware for T&M systems, I was intrigued. How efficient would it be to have a single piece of firmware that could run on every type of hardware that we were creating?

Is It Time For Home Automation To Go Mass Market?
Ross Sabolcik makes the case for more home automation electronics in his new column.
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Dec 15, 2014
blog

Who Are You? (I Really Want to Know!) 3

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
Dec 15, 2014
blog

Bridging Technical Communication Barriers Between Cultures

Understanding technical concepts in different languages can sometimes prove to be difficult, particularly when you have to communicate it. In this article, I discuss the challenges and possible courses of action....More
Dec 1, 2014
blog

Programming Efficiency 7

When I started college, the Intel 4004 was being designed. The C programming language and UNIX operating system were being developed (unbeknownst to me). I did most of my programming in BASIC on an HP 2100 series mini-computer....More
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