Analog Signal Chain real world problem solutions: Technology and Tools
    • May 21, 2018

    10 lessons learned from 50-plus biometric wearable product development cycles

    This is the second in a three-part series on optical heart rate sensors for biometric wearables. The first installment focused on how these sensor systems work and what you can measure with them. You’re sitting in a planning meeting. The team h...
    • May 15, 2018

    Gigabit xMII for 100BASE-T1: why are RGMII & SGMII important for 100 Mbps PHYs?

    Ethernet offers a more flexible networking technology for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), infotainment systems, body electronics and power trains; previous in-vehicle communication technologies required dedicated, special-purpose links and expensive cabling. The automotive amendments of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers...
    • May 3, 2018

    Optical heart-rate sensors for biometric wearables

    This is the first in a three-part series on optical heart rate sensors for biometric wearables. This first installment focuses on how these sensor systems work and what you can measure with them. Most wearables use photoplethysmography (PPG) to measu...
    • May 2, 2018

    The importance of automotive Ethernet standards

    Ethernet adoption and adaptation by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier-1 companies has been underway for several years now. Automotive-oriented amendments to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 standard in...
    • Apr 24, 2018

    How to select serializers and deserializers in HMI systems

    A human-machine interface (HMI) usually includes a textual or graphical view of automated system conditions and operations. HMIs are widely used in factory automation, motion control systems, industrial robots for smarter automation, and computer numerical control (CNC) systems with highly interactive interfaces and touch-screen support. Industrial...
    • Apr 12, 2018

    Designing tiny microphone circuits with the industry’s smallest op amp

    Voice commands are a popular feature in many applications as a way to differentiate products in the market. Microphones are a primary component to any voice- or speech-based system and electret microphones are a common choice in applications for their small size, cost and performance. This blog post continues our series on high-performance, cost...
    • Apr 5, 2018

    These are not your grandfather’s TVS diodes

    Conventional transient voltage suppression (TVS) diodes have been essential building blocks in system designs for decades. They protect against transient surge events, and many designers rely on TVS diodes to provide an adequate level of surge immuni...
    • Apr 3, 2018

    Are you cooking up a new circuit? We can help!

    To accelerate the design process, we have developed something new call Analog Engineer’s Circuits. They are in a "recipe" format that includes step-by-step instructions, basic formulas, schematic diagrams and SPICE simulations. While ...
    • Apr 2, 2018

    How to HART-enable your analog input module

    The Internet of things (IoT) has implications for Industry 4.0, motivating smart sensor transmitters and similarly capable programmable logic controller (PLC) analog input modules. A previous blog post illustrated how to achieve digital communication...
    • Mar 20, 2018

    How to select the right USB Type-C™ signal switches

    USB Type-C™ enables the transfer of data, video and power over a single cable and connector. The flip-ability of the USB Type-C connector introduces connection pin redundancy, which requires a signal switch in order to bring the correct data pa...