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Introduction to CAN (Controller Area Network)
This article introduces the Controller Area Network (CAN) serial communication bus, detailing message frames, bus arbitration, and signaling.
February 19, 2019
Stephen St. Michael
How Do Time of Flight Sensors (ToF) Work? A Look at ToF 3D Cameras
How do time of flight sensors determine distances? Learn more about ToF cameras using an example 3D camera.
May 08, 2019
Introduction to MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems)
This article explores basic characteristics and common applications of a technology that has been incorporated into a wide variety of high-performance electronic devices....
December 04, 2018
Understanding and Applying the Hall Effect
Learn about the Hall effect and how it enables accurate, isolated current measurements.
July 03, 2015
Characteristics of the Ideal Silicon Diode
In this article, we will discuss some characteristics of the ideal diode. We'll also learn how to analyze circuits that contain more than one ideal diode in conjunction with resistors and DC...
May 06, 2016
How Does a Fuse Work? Understanding the Details of Fuse Operation and Implementation
This article provides an overview of some subtle yet important aspects of fuse functionality and design.
April 23, 2018
GPS Times, Atomic Clock Frequencies, and the Increasing Accuracy of GPS
GPS as we know it requires the precision of atomic clocks. This article looks at the importance of timing for GPS and the clocks that provide it....
December 22, 2017
Introduction to Electric Vehicle Battery Systems
Electric vehicle design is a complex concept. Here's a look at the heart of every EV: the battery.
July 31, 2019
What Is LiDAR and How Can I Use It?
Learn the basics of what LiDAR is, how it works, and how it's applied.
August 11, 2016
Beyond the Optocoupler: Understanding Digital Isolators
Optocouplers are undoubtedly effective, but alternative isolation technologies may be a better choice for your application.
July 13, 2018
The Many Types of Fuses: Axial, Cartridge, Surface Mount, PTC…
This article provides an overview of the various fuse options that are available to designers of low-voltage circuits.
April 25, 2018
Convenient Rotational Measurements: A New Angle-Sensor SoC from Allegro
Hall-effect-based ICs such as the A1337 can help your device to perform a variety of sensor tasks related to angular motion.
May 11, 2017
Protect Your Circuits: A New Transient Voltage Suppressor (TVS) for Automotive Applications
The D28V0H1U2P5Q is a unidirectional TVS that is intended specifically for the harsh automotive environment.
March 16, 2017
Power Systems and Battery Chemistries Used in Electric Vehicles
This article provides an introduction to the characteristics and requirements of EV battery systems.
October 25, 2018
Linear Amplitude Modulation Applications
In this article, we'll delve into amplitude modulation and what it's used for. Also, we will differentiate between communication methods that do and do not use modulation....
April 04, 2016
EV Charging Standards and Infrastructure
Learn more about EV charging connectors and standards in this overview.
August 13, 2019
Harnessing High-Frequency Sound: A New Ultrasonic Controller from Texas Instruments
You can do a lot with ultrasound, and whatever you’re doing will be easier with a highly integrated IC such as the PGA460-Q1.
April 05, 2017
Clean Clocking: The New CDCE813-Q1 Clock Synthesizer
The CDCE813-Q1 is a customizable, fairly high-frequency clock generator that is qualified for automotive applications.
March 20, 2017
Separating Signal from Power: New Automotive Inductors from TDK
Inductors such as the ADL3225V devices are useful when you want to use just one conductor to transfer both signal and power.
May 10, 2017
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