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 Apr 17, 2015

Thinking About Communications, and a Farewell

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

It Started with the WOM

Spoof news releases commemorating April Fools’ Day have a long and storied history in technology publications....More
in Secondary Emissions 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
in Secondary Emissions Feb 24, 2015

Ideas and Media

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
in Secondary Emissions Feb 02, 2015

Engineering Detectives

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

Password Plea

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

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

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