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Test & Measurement
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
Reading 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
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
Significant Digits and Engineering Units
Some rules of thumb for using significant digits and mitigating error propagation.
February 09, 2016
An Overview of the Analysis and Transmission of Aperiodic Signals
A signal that does not repeat itself after a specific interval of time is called an aperiodic signal. By applying a limiting process, the signal can be expressed as a continuous sum (or...
January 20, 2016
Everything About the Quine-McCluskey Method
To simplify Boolean functions (or switching functions), one might use the Karnaugh map method when there are not that many variables used. However, if a greater amount of variables are used or...
January 11, 2016
Use Python’s Scientific Toolbox to Find the Natural Response of Thermal Systems
Use Python's scientific toolbox to determine the natural response of a real thermal system and plot the results for visualization and further analysis....
December 16, 2015
Introduction to the Manually-Controlled Toaster Oven Reflow
With the help of a DIY thermocouple measurement system, you can use a cheap toaster oven to accurately reproduce a reflow-soldering temperature profile....
December 14, 2015
Use LTspice to Understand the LM741 OpAmp: Part 2
How an op amp works with LTspice simulation. We left off last time finishing up how the input stage of an op-amp works. The next important stage is made up by transistors Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6, and...
November 22, 2015
Everything You Need to Know About Direct Digital Synthesis
Direct Digital Synthesis is used to generate precise analog waveforms that can quickly change frequencies. It's used in test equipment, spread spectrum techniques and to enable frequency...
November 20, 2015
An Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
This article will cover the basics of Digital Signal Processing to lead up to a series of articles on statistics and probability used to characterize signals, Analog-to-Digital Conversion (ADC)...
September 13, 2015
An Introduction to Negative Impedance Converters
An introduction to the properties and purposes of a negative resistance device. Later articles will extend to negative impedances and some applications....
August 13, 2015
Nodal Analysis and Dependent Sources
The use of dependent sources when using Nodal Analysis.
August 08, 2015
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