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What Is the Difference between Conducted and Radiated EMI?
This technical brief explains two distinct types of electromagnetic interference.
April 16, 2018
X7R, X5R, C0G…: A Concise Guide to Ceramic Capacitor Types
This technical brief attempts to dispel some of the fog that surrounds the three-character cryptograms used to describe ceramic caps.
March 30, 2018
How to Low-Pass Filter a Square Wave
This article, part of AAC’s Analog Circuit Collection, presents a circuit that is a good choice when you need to remove high-frequency noise from a digital signal....
March 07, 2018
How to Monitor Current with an Op-Amp, a BJT, and Three Resistors
This article, part of AAC’s Analog Circuit Collection, explains the functionality of a clever circuit that accurately measures supply current....
February 19, 2018
Overcurrent Protection in AC Power Systems
Get an intro to overcurrent protection and OCPDs (overcurrent protection devices).
October 27, 2017
An Introduction to Motion Sensors: PIR, Tilt, Force, and More
Learn about various movement-type sensors including accelerometers, tilt sensors, vibration sensors, PIR (passive infrared) sensors, and rotation sensors....
June 19, 2017
The Basics of SSRs (Solid-State Relays): The Switching Device
An introduction to the basic operation of solid-state relays with a focus on the output devices in today’s SSRs.
June 16, 2017
Measuring Rotation in Harsh Environments: New Rotary Position Sensors from TT Electronics
Rotary position sensors such as the PHS series can help you track mechanical changes in a wide variety of applications.
May 26, 2017
Fast, Ultrafast, Soft, Standard, Schottky: Selecting the Right Rectifier
This article is a deeper dive into the speed-related recovery characteristics of rectifiers, and how this dynamic behavior has significant effects on the circuits in which the rectifier is...
April 21, 2017
Fast, Ultrafast, Standard, Soft, Schottky: What’s the Right Rectifier for Your Power Circuitry?
This article will help you understand rectifiers: how their static behavior differs from their dynamic behavior, and how “speed” is used as a defining characteristic....
April 20, 2017
Isolated Analog-to-Digital Conversion: A New Sigma-Delta Modulator from Broadcom
Isolation components, such as the ACPL-C799, allow you to transfer data without establishing a direct electrical connection between two parts of a system....
April 14, 2017
No Light Required: A New Thermal-Sensor-Array Development Board
The grid-EYE click provides a user-friendly introduction to advanced thermal sensing and detection.
April 12, 2017
Exploring the Pros and Cons of Silicon Carbide (SiC) FETs: A New MOSFET from Cree
The C3M0075120K is a low-on-resistance N-channel FET for high-power switching applications.
March 28, 2017
FET vs. BJT vs. IGBT: What’s the Right Choice for Your Power Stage Design?
This article will help the reader understand the different types of power semiconductors: how they work, their key parameters, and trade-offs....
March 13, 2017
Robust, High-Speed Serial Communication: A New RS-422/485 Transceiver from Maxim
The MAX14775E offers high-performance capabilities that make it especially suitable for data transfer in harsh environments.
March 09, 2017
Circuits Need Protection, Too: An IC Solution for Overvoltage, Undervoltage, and Reverse Polarity
A new power-supply IC from Linear Tech, the LTC4368, is a highly integrated device that can help you protect your circuits from problematic voltage and current conditions....
March 06, 2017
Convenient, Robust Data Transmission with RS-422 and RS-485
This article introduces the RS-422 and RS-485 interfaces and explains why you might want to use them in your designs.
November 23, 2016
The Why and How of Differential Signaling
Learn about the important characteristics, benefits, and applications of differential signaling, as well as the proper layout techniques for differential signals....
November 16, 2016
Industrial Instrumentation and Control: An Introduction to the Basic Principles
In part one of this instrumentation and control (I & C) series, we'll go over the fundamental terminology and concepts used when working with industrial plants....
September 28, 2016
Understanding MOSFET On-State Drain-to-Source Resistance
This technical brief covers some useful details regarding a common MOSFET parameter referred to as on-state resistance.
September 02, 2016
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