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Something M-azing This Way Comes

I’m a simple man. It’s very kind of you to say that you agree with everything I just said, but I hadn’t fully finished my thought. What I was going to say was that I’m a simple man and I like a simple story. Sometimes I finish an interview with someone and—as soon as the video conference call closes—I burst into tears and/or maniacal laughter (figuratively, not literally, you understand… although sometimes it’s been a close call). … Read More → "Something M-azing This Way Comes"

An Electrifying Discovery: Wondom’s $12 Internal UPS for Small System Designs

This article isn’t about a new product. It’s just new to me. The product is Wondom’s BCPB2, a charger, battery management system (BMS), and battery holder for three 18650 lithium-ion cells. I discovered this product while considering ways to repair the battery subsystem in a Keithley 197 Microvoltmeter made around 1991 that I recently bought on eBay. The original battery in this 30-year-old product is a 12V … Read More → "An Electrifying Discovery: Wondom’s $12 Internal UPS for Small System Designs"

Have You Got the Spark? How SparkCharge is Changing the EV Charging Landscape

EV charging takes center stage in this week’s podcast! My guest Adam Urban (Director of Engineering – SparkCharge) joins me to chat about how SparkCharge is changing the EV charging landscape. We dig into the details of their Roadie mobile DC fast charger, what their SparkCharge Out of Charge (OOC) Program is all about, and where Adam sees EV charging heading in the future. Also this week, I investigate … Read More → "Have You Got the Spark? How SparkCharge is Changing the EV Charging Landscape"

Honey, I Shrunk the Switching Regulator (into a 2.2 x 1.6 mm footprint)

Shrink rays are a common trope with a long history in science fiction. The first time I saw one “in use” was in the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage and Isaac Asimov’s book based on the film’s screenplay. In Fantastic Voyage, movie and book, the shrink ray is used to miniaturize a submarine named Proteus so that it can be injected … Read More → "Honey, I Shrunk the Switching Regulator (into a 2.2 x 1.6 mm footprint)"

Boosting the Efficiency and Performance of Silicon Chips with a Special Epitaxial Layer

Did you ever see the Doctor Who episode “Vincent and the Doctor”? This starts with the Doctor and his companion, Amy, visiting a Vincent van Gogh exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. When they spot an alien creature in one of Vincent’s paintings, they travel back in time to find out what’s happening and sort things out. 

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Ultra-low Power Fuel Gauging for Rechargeable Embedded Devices – Nordic Semiconductor and Mouser  Fuel gauging is a critical component of today’s rechargeable embedded devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Robin Saltnes of Nordic Semiconductor explore the variety of benefits that Nordic Semiconductor’s nPM1300 PMIC brings to rechargeable embedded devices, the details of the fuel gauge system at the heart of this solution and … Read More → "Ultra-low Power Fuel Gauging for Rechargeable Embedded Devices – Nordic Semiconductor and Mouser"
It’s the little things that get you; Light to Voltage Converters – Analog Devices and Mouser  In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ed Mullins from Analog Devices chat about the what, where, and how of photodiode amplifiers. They discuss the challenges involved in designing these kinds of components, the best practices for analyzing the stability of photodiode amplifiers, and how Analog Devices can help you with your … Read More → "It’s the little things that get you; Light to Voltage Converters – Analog Devices and Mouser"
GaN FETs: D-Mode Vs E-mode – Nexperia and Mouser Electronics  The use of gallium nitride can offer higher power efficiency, increased power density and can reduce the overall size and weight of many industrial, automotive, and data center applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Giuliano Cassataro from Nexperia investigate the benefits of Gan FETs, the difference between D-Mode and E-mode … Read More → "GaN FETs: D-Mode Vs E-mode – Nexperia and Mouser Electronics"
Extend Coin Cell Battery Life with Nexperia’s Battery Life Booster – Nexperia and Mouser  In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Tom Wolf from Nexperia examine how Nexperia’s Battery Life Booster ICs can not only extend coin cell battery life, but also increase the available power of these batteries and reduce battery overall waste. They also investigate the role that adaptive power optimization plays in these … Read More → "Extend Coin Cell Battery Life with Nexperia’s Battery Life Booster – Nexperia and Mouser"
ROHM Automotive Intelligent Power Device (IPD) — ROHM Semiconductor and Mouser Electronics  Modern automotive applications require a variety of circuit protections and functions to safeguard against short circuit conditions. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Nick Ikuta from ROHM Semiconductor investigate the details of ROHM’s Automotive Intelligent Power Device, the role that ​​adjustable OCP circuit and adjustable OCP mask time plays in this … Read More → "ROHM Automotive Intelligent Power Device (IPD) — ROHM Semiconductor and Mouser Electronics"
Trends and Solutions for Next Generation Energy Storage Systems — onsemi and Mouser Electronics  Increased installations of DC ultra fast chargers, the rise of distributed grid systems, and a wider adoption of residential solar installations are making robust energy storage systems more important than ever before. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton, Hunter Freberg and Prasad Paruchuri from onsemi examine trends in EV chargers, solar, and … Read More → "Trends and Solutions for Next Generation Energy Storage Systems — onsemi and Mouser Electronics"