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.

Posts by Don Tuite

in Secondary Emissions Sep 29, 2014

Are CubeSats Adding to Space Junk?

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

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

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
in Secondary Emissions Jul 01, 2014

Who Was This Mho Guy?

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

The Maker/HackerSphere Evolves

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

Google Glass Guts Prove Surprisingly Cheap

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

Conflict Minerals and the Tantalum Capacitor Supply Chain

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

How the World's Smallest UPS Was Designed

"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
in Secondary Emissions Mar 21, 2014

PMBus, GaN, And More Dominate APEC 2014

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
in Secondary Emissions Mar 06, 2014

Engineers Who Write? (For a Living)

". . . it occurred to me that, if being an engineer depended on solving differential equations, I was in the wrong place."....More
in Secondary Emissions Feb 17, 2014

Of Beatles and English Cars

"I won’t say much about the Beatles, except that they saved rock and roll from three chords and the beat on 2 and 4."....More
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Nov 11, 2014
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How to Outsource Your Project to Failure 3

This article will address failure to carefully vet a potential manufacturing or “turnkey” partner and/or failure to transfer sufficient information and requirements to such a partner, a very common problem I have seen again and again with my clients over the years, and have been the shoulder cried upon by several relatives and clients in the past....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Transition from the Academe to the Industry Unraveled 1

There have been many arguments here and there about how short-comings of universities and colleges yield engineers with skill sets that do not cater to the demands of the industry. There have been many arguments here and there about an imminent shortage of engineers lacking knowledge in the sciences. There have been many arguments here and there about how the experience and know-how of engineers in the industry may vanish due to the fact that they can’t be passed on because the academic curriculum deviates from it....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Small Beginnings 5

About 10 years ago I received a phone call from an acquaintance. He had found a new opportunity selling some sort of investments and he wanted to share it with me in case I was interested. Ken had done fairly well for many years as a contract software developer primarily in the financial services sector. His specialty was writing RPG code. (RPG is often referred to as a write only language.) But he was seeing the handwriting on the wall as the industry moved on to other methods, and saw himself becoming a fossil....More

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