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Often, other forum members reply with their own answers, suggestions and opinions. We welcome answers your answers and suggestions, striving for a friendly environment where analog engineers of all skill levels can solve problems and grow their skills. We learn from one another.
Posting Your Question…
The detail you provide in your first posting can greatly expedite a quality answer. Provide plenty of information: Schematic. Scope shots. Power supply voltages. Type of signals. Required bandwidth. Voltage data. Try to anticipate what we and other readers need to provide advice. Generic information is helpful such as “a non-inverting G=100 amplifier,” but it is immensely helpful if you can tell us what type of equipment you are making…”to sense ECG signals in a portable application.” This helps define the issues that might be important.
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New Question, New Posting
Occasionally you may read a thread and it will trigger another question. Unless it is directly related to the original thread, it is best to start a new posting. Long threads that wonder off the original topic are less useful to others.
We tend to be a catch-all forum for topics when you’re not sure of the best home. Don’t be offended if we move your question to another forum (you will be notified). We’re trying to connect you with the best support for your question. Sometimes it requires a second move. If you have another related question, it’s probably best to post it to the final landing spot of your first question.
We try to respond to questions promptly, most often within 24 hours. We often do not respond in the order that questions are posted. Many of us contribute and the best person to answer your question may be unavailable.
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