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Apr 17, 2015

Thinking About Communications, and a Farewell12

Looking at the calendar, I see that according to today's date, I am . . . just about . . . RETIRED!....More
Apr 01, 2015

It Started with the WOM4

Spoof news releases commemorating April Fools’ Day have a long and storied history in technology publications....More
Mar 16, 2015

APEC Opens with a Blizzard of Product Disclosures

The IEEE Applied Power Technology Conference (APEC) opened Monday, March 16, in Charlotte, N.C., with a host of product announcements ranging from a....More
Feb 24, 2015

Ideas and Media1

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf “warned of a ‘forgotten generation, or even a forgotten century’ that awaits us when ‘bit rot’ takes hold and our digital....More
Feb 02, 2015

Engineering Detectives1

Don recalls some cases (and solutions) from his personal files of engineering detection....More
Jan 25, 2015

Password Plea6

Please, somebody, come up with a biometric authentication that doesn’t work if I’m dead....More
Nov 24, 2014

The Temperature Digitizer Jim Williams Might Have Wished For 25 Years Ago3

A new part that connects to any thermocouple, thermistor, or Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD) and digitizes the temperature being sensed to an....More
Sep 29, 2014

Are CubeSats Adding to Space Junk?2

“CubeSats are supposed to come down within 25 years. However, there is no enforcement of this rule.”....More
Aug 02, 2014

Agilent T&M becomes Keysight; the Old HP Labs Keep the Agilent Name4

The old Agilent, you may remember, was spun off from HP in 1999, when the company decided to divest itself of any products that were not computers or....More
Jul 01, 2014

Who Was This Mho Guy?4

The old-fashioned unit, cycles/second, which was helpful in solving equations by dimensional analysis, became the Hertz, which required an extra....More
Jun 27, 2014

The Maker/HackerSphere Evolves1

"Finally, on the Maker theme, let’s not forget the oldest Makers, the ham radio community."....More
May 14, 2014

Google Glass Guts Prove Surprisingly Cheap2

"The BoM (Bill of Materials) cost for the $1,500 Glass is $152.47."....More
May 12, 2014

Conflict Minerals and the Tantalum Capacitor Supply Chain1

" . . . tantalum electrolytics, without stretching the analogy too far, might be considered the “blood diamonds” of electronics."....More
Apr 13, 2014

How the World's Smallest UPS Was Designed2

"Well, for the first question, the fundamental aim of this product was to integrate all of the necessary components to build a capacitor-based short-....More
Mar 21, 2014

PMBus, GaN, And More Dominate APEC 20141

He [Carl Blake] was particularly tickled because one of the speakers in the plenary sessions had pointed to the lack of such data as an indicator....More
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Aug 11, 2015
Commentary

Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations 3

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
Aug 4, 2015
blog

Inconspicuous Pitfalls in Datasheet Analysis

Identifying the limitations of a datasheet saves lots of time, and cost, in terms of troubleshooting and redesigning circuits....More
Jun 30, 2015
Commentary

Four-Wire Sensing Can Make or Break Your Measurements 7

Erroneously implementing four-wire sensing into a measurement instrument can be disastrous, so it becomes critical to have a firm grasp of how sense lines function....More

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