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How to Characterize Noise in a Custom PCB: Precision Inclinometer
Learn about the process of identifying and eliminating noise in data capture.
3 days ago
How to Measure Noise in Switch-Mode Power Supplies (SMPSs)
Noise on switch mode power supplies (SMPSs) sometimes gets a bum rap.
November 12, 2018
How to Use Your Computer to Generate Complex Analog Waveforms
This article presents Scilab code that allows you to generate I/Q, noise, and chirp signals from your PC’s headphone jack.
October 11, 2018
How to Use Your Computer as an Arbitrary Waveform Generator
In this article, we’ll use Scilab to generate numerical signals that can be converted into analog waveforms by a computer’s audio hardware....
October 08, 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
PCB Layout for an Arbitrary Waveform Generator
In this article we’ll discuss the PCB layout for a custom-designed arbitrary waveform generator board.
November 17, 2017
DAC Output Circuitry for an Arbitrary Waveform Generator
How do you convert DAC output currents into a normal voltage signal? Let’s take a look.
October 20, 2017
DAC Schematic Design for an Arbitrary Waveform Generator
This article presents a custom digital-to-analog-conversion design built around a high-speed DAC from Analog Devices.
October 13, 2017
Microcontroller Design for an Arbitrary Waveform Generator
In this article, we’ll look at general concepts and some design details for a circuit board that can output a wide variety of analog signals....
October 06, 2017
Why You Should Consider EMC Compliance and EMI Countermeasures Early in Your Design
Learn a little history of EMC compliance, some EMI theory, and some common EMI countermeasures.
July 17, 2017
An Introduction to Oscilloscope Probes
This article looks at various types of oscilloscope probes and how to use them.
June 29, 2017
Determining the Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) of Capacitors
Learn more about the importance of capacitor ESR, how to measure it, and what factors can affect your measurements.
March 31, 2017
Many Functions, One Tool: The Analog Discovery 2 from Digilent
An introduction to the Analog Discovery 2 by Digilent.
October 06, 2016
How to Read the I2C Bus on an Oscilloscope
Part 2 of Mastering the Oscilloscope will introduce decoding for I²C circuits.
September 20, 2016
Basic Waveform Analysis with an Oscilloscope
In this first part of a multi-part series, we will use a Tek MDO Mixed Domain Oscilloscope to illustrate options to measure various circuit elements....
September 13, 2016
Analysis of Forward Conducting Diodes
In this article, we will learn how to analyze circuits that utilize forward conducting diodes. We will also talk about the exponential model, constant voltage drop model, as well as the ideal...
June 17, 2016
Characteristics of Junction Diodes
In this article, we will look at the characteristics of junction diodes and learn how to analyze circuits containing diodes that operate in the forward, reverse, and breakdown biases....
May 20, 2016
Non-inverting Configuration of an Operational Amplifier
Mentioned in the previous article, the first of two most commonly used operational amplifiers, the inverting configuration is heavily used in audio mixers or digital-to-audio converters. In...
May 02, 2016
Classification of Signals used in Electrical Engineering
Classifying signals is a way to organize the signals that surround us. It focuses design, testing requirements, measurement tools, and expected results. There are many ways to classify...
April 27, 2016
The Inverting Configuration of an Amplifier
Mentioned in the previous article, an operational amplifier is usually connected to components in a feedback circuit. In this article, we will discuss one of two amp configurations that are...
April 13, 2016
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