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 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
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
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Dec 15, 2014
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Who Are You? (I Really Want to Know!) 4

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
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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
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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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