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.

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 2
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
Oct 7, 2015

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic-Circuit Prototypes, Part 1 3

This first part in a series goes through the steps of creating a preliminary design for a small and inexpensive hobbyist/limited-technology-prototype build-and-test capability....More
Sep 16, 2015

What is All This Nanogenerator Stuff, Anyway?

Nanogenerators, which harvest energy from the environment, could be the next big thing in renewable energy....More
Aug 11, 2015

Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations 4

I have designed many early-stage proof-of-concept (POC) circuits, and observed many others do the same thing. It seems that there is often a huge disconnect between clients and engineers, though, when it comes to the goals of a POC design. In simple terms, an engineer worth his salt will overdesign an early POC circuit. This is because Murphy’s law always applies, and POCs are about overcoming unknowns. By overdesigning the circuit, one is able to prove the client’s product POC can be made to work, and quickly....More

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