Recent Articles

August 21, 2015 2:50 pm
Srudeep Patil, Member of Technical Staff for Applications, and Gabriel Tanase, Senior Principal MTS for IC Design, Maxim Integrated
The voltage noise and temperature drift of a voltage reference usually determine the measurement limits of a data acquisition system (DAS). Voltage reference data sheets generally specify the noise by two separate categories: 1) low-frequency (0.1Hz to 10Hz) as µVP-P; 2) wideband noise as µVRMS for a given band...
August 17, 2015 3:02 pm
Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag
Nanomites, or nanorobots, are high-tech devices which are smaller than a single micrometer. They originated in the realm of science fiction, but are now in the research and development phase. Their journey from pure speculation to actual development is the single biggest medical design breakthrough of the last 10 years...
August 17, 2015 3:11 pm
Rafael Mena, systems architect, Microcontrollers (MCU), Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI)
Analog integration on embedded MCUs has resulted in unique system-on-chip (SoC) solutions that drive extremely efficient system solutions. Analog integration can include analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), programmable internal reference sources, digital-to-analog converters (DACs), comparators, analog switch matrix, and integrated LCD drivers...
August 17, 2015 3:24 pm
Paul Pickering, Technical Contributor
With over 200,000 wind turbines now operating worldwide, and global installed capacity expected to reach 663MW by 2020, wind power is on a roll. Accordingly, I thought I'd take a look at some of the key engineering issues affecting wind power technology, and which new developments might important over the coming decade...
August 17, 2015 12:18 pm
Ian Crosby & Dr Andrew Morrison, Zytronic
Over the last decade the uptake of projected capacitive (p-cap) touch sensor technology has been phenomenal. It has helped shape a new era of human-machine interaction and enabled the derivation of more fulfilling user experiences...
August 7, 2015 12:25 pm
Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta
Space exploration is a crazy thing. After all, it was just 46 years ago that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong took a few pretty famous steps, and, as I sit writing this...
August 7, 2015 12:30 pm
Dave Burleton, Vice President, LS Research (LSR)
Converting traditional consumer and commercial products into wireless-enabled, “smart” products is one of the biggest trends shaping the pipeline of projects being assigned to electronic design engineers today—with very good reason. ...
August 7, 2015 12:34 pm
Mike Justice, President, Grid Connect
When I go home tonight, I’ll be able to turn on the lights in my house, adjust the thermostat and put up the garage door all with one simple command on my smart phone. I also can disarm my alarm system and open my door using an app...
August 7, 2015 12:38 pm
Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PDD
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are tubular cylinders of carbon atoms that possess incredible mechanical, electrical, thermal, and chemical properties. In fact, the structures are 200 times stronger than steel and experience very little physical corrosion typical of other metals....
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