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Aggressive with Passives

Most of us think about capacitors the way a chef thinks about salt – knowing that it’s never the star of the show, having a keen awareness that you need just the right amount, being vaguely conscious of the fact that there are multiple, subtly different types… When we’re debugging our board, there are often times when something mysteriously isn’t working right. When all … Read More → "Aggressive with Passives"

Battery Roundup

Batteries have historically been perceived as something of a staid technology – at least in a lot of minds. I remember back when we were diving into 3-V standards at JEDEC many years ago, and we invited battery folks to help advise us. I came away with the distinct sense that battery chemistry was pretty much what it was and would always be. Yeah, I saw you stifling that yawn…Read More → "Battery Roundup"

Sunshine Changing the World

As an electronics editor, I am constantly being briefed on new technologies. Often, the presenter struggles to establish a framework for the innovation being described, trying to make a case for the big-picture importance of what they’re doing. Seldom am I left with a feeling that I am learning about an engineering development that could truly change the world.

This, however, was … Read More → "Sunshine Changing the World"

The Science and Art of Cooling and COTs

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re talking about embedded power, COTS, the next generation of rail systems, intelligent cooling systems, and whether I need a witch doctor to cool my next chassis-based design. Justin Moll (Pixus Technologies) and I jump head first into the world of chassis cooling and electronics packaging, and Qianqian Shao (Artesyn Embedded Technologies) and I ride the rails to the to … Read More → "The Science and Art of Cooling and COTs"

House of the Rising Sun

What do carbon nanotubes, electromagnetic waves, and solar cell technology have in common? This week’s episode of Fish Fry, of course! Please join me and NovaSolix Founder and CEO Lawrence Cooke as we bask in the glow of NovaSolix’s new solar cell technology. Larry and I discuss how their technology can collect light as electromagnetic waves, the details of their carbon nanotubes that are used as antennas … Read More → "House of the Rising Sun"

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Jul 24, 2017
(Please visit the site to view this video) Coming from hyperspace (camera Sean) Monday: Moving Logic into the 3rd Dimension Tuesday: An Academic View on How Tesla Will Not Win Wednesday: Samsung SDI on Batteries Thursday: O Lord Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz...Truck F...
Jul 24, 2017
System designers and engineers constantly face design challenges to achieve higher data-rates in highly dense applications.  A popular system-level design approach in many high-speed applications marries the configurability and high-speed performance of FPGAs with the a...
Jun 20, 2017
For data-center architects it seems like a no-brainer. For a wide variety of applications, from the databases behind e-commerce platforms to the big-data tools in search engines to suddenly-fashionable data analytics to scientific codes, the dominant limitation on application...
chalk talks
How to Select the Right Digital IsolatorMany of our applications today require digital isolation to protect them - and their users - from real-world hazards like voltage spikes and incompatible voltages. But, selecting the right digital isolation solution for a given application can by tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Tony Partow of Maxim Integrated about how to select the right type of isolator for your application.
Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the PuzzleThe switch to LED lighting creates huge opportunities for IoT in addition to the obvious power and cost benefits. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Bolan and Bob Householder of Avnet about the fascinating and exciting engineering innovations following in the wake of LED technology.
How to Design an Automotive Power SupplySupplying power for today's advanced automotive applications can be a tricky task. Getting the right voltages with the right tolerances and current capacities has become a complex engineering problem. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Vik Patel from Infineon about simplifying the task of automotive power supply design.
The Power to Amaze: Fairchild 100V PowerTrench® MOSFETsAre your power MOSFETs struggling to keep up with the demands of your system? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mike Speed of Fairchild Semiconductor about the new Fairchild 100V PowerTrench MOSFETs. With the efficient performance of these new transistors, your MOSFET worries may be over. Click here to buy Fairchild Semiconductor … Read More → "The Power to Amaze: Fairchild 100V PowerTrench® MOSFETs"
Maxim Integrated’s High Efficiency Power Solutions for 24V+ SystemsWith form factors continuing to shrink, it’s becoming more and more difficult to pack an efficient power supply into the available space. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suhel Dhanani of Maxim Integrated about building small, efficient industrial power supplies.  Click here for more information about Maxim’s integrated circuits for power and battery … Read More → "Maxim Integrated’s High Efficiency Power Solutions for 24V+ Systems"
Powering Non-Isolated 24V Rail Applications Made EasyDesigning the DC/DC power supply for your design is almost never the fun part. And, designing a good power supply can be a complex engineering challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tenille Medley of Texas Instruments about simplifying industrial power design. It may just make your next design project a … Read More → "Powering Non-Isolated 24V Rail Applications Made Easy"