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App note: Color sensing improves look and feel of smart products

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Renesas' white paper on applications of RGB sensors. Link here (PDF) Color printers also require an accurate sensor to ensure that during calibration and printing the correct amount of ink is being deposited onto the paper—an essential requirement when the target output is for color photographs.

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App note: Eye safety for proximity sensing using infrared light-emitting diodes

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

A guide to human eye safety for designers of consumer products, app note from Renesas. Link here (PDF) Active Proximity Sensing for Consumer products requires the use of a light-emitting component to illuminate the target object to be detected at some distance from the sensor. Typically, product designers do not...

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App note: Basics on decoupling

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

See AVX technical note on how capacitors filter out transients in high speed digital circuits. Link here (PDF) This paper discusses the characteristics of multilayer ceramic capacitors in decoupling applications and compares their performance with other types of decoupling capacitors. A special high-frequency test circuit is described and the results...

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App note: Hand soldering tutorial for fine pitch QFP devices

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

No SMD tools removal and soldering of QFP packages tutorial from Silicon labs. Link here (PDF) This document is intended to help designers create their initial prototype systems using Silicon Lab's TQFP and LQFP devices where surface mount assembly equipment is not readily available. This application note assumes that the...

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App note: 3V DACs used in ±10V applications

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Boosting DAC's output to drive larger voltage tackled in this app note from MAXIM Integrated. Link here (PDF) Many modern systems have the majority of their electronics powered by 3.3V or lower, but must drive external loads with ±10V, a range that is still very common in industrial applications. There...

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App note: Tire pressure monitor system

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

NXP Semiconductor's implementation of Tire pressure monitor (TPM) system. Link here (PDF) The Tire Pressure Monitoring System Reference Design consists of five modules: four tire modules and a receiver module. The tire modules consist of the MPXY80xx, the RF2, a battery, several discrete components, and a printed antenna. The receiver...

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App note: Crystal oscillator troubleshooting guide

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

App note from NXP Semiconductors dealing with oscillators in microcontrollers. Link here (PDF) Most microcontrollers can use a crystal oscillator as their clock source. Other options include external canned oscillators, resonators, RC oscillators, and internal clocks. The main advantages of a crystal oscillator are frequency accuracy, stability, and low power...

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App note: Active cell balancing in battery packs

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Cell balancing implementation from NXP Semiconductors. Link here (PDF) Batteries made of multiple cells connected in series are often used as a power source for common electronic devices. In multicell battery chains, small differences between the cells (due to production tolerances or operating conditions) tend to be magnified with each...

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App note: Reduced power dissipation of relay loads

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Another app note from ON Semiconductors on using PWM technique to reduce power consumed when latching mechanical relays. Link here (PDF) Integrated circuit driver circuits often use relay loads in their application. Output drivers are a source of power dissipation on the IC. Latching relays can be used to keep...

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App note: The load switch – Selection and use of ecoSWITCH(TM) products

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

ecoSWITCH(TM) from ON Semiconductors offers space saving solution on power distribution system. Link here (PDF) Load switches play an important part in the management of supply domains and the protection of the loads they supply. Loads switches are often used for power sequencing, standby load leakage reduction, and inrush current...

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App note: The behavior of electro-magnetic radiation of power inductors in power management

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Würth Elektronik app note on EM radiation emission from power inductors. Link here (PDF) DC-DC converters are widely used in power management applications and the inductor is one of the key components. The usual focus is on electrical performance characteristics such as RDC, RAC and core losses. But, the electro-magnetic...

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App note: How to use power inductors

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

A great guide from TDK about power inductors used in DC-DC converters. Link here As electronic devices become more advanced, the power supply voltage of LSIs used in them is lowered, so their power consumption can be reduced and their speed increased. However, a decrease in the power supply voltage...

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App note: Operating voltage ratings for inductors

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Coilcraft's app note on why inductor's voltage ratings are uncommonly mentioned in most applications. Link here (PDF) Voltage ratings are often specified for many electronic components, including capacitors, resistors and integrated circuits, but traditionally this has been rare for inductors. Recent trends, particularly the introduction of higher voltage rated semiconductor...

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App note: Power supply topologies – Forward of Flyback? Which is Better? Both!

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

App note from Coilcraft camparing two recognized power supply topologies. Link here (PDF) Beatles or Stones? Michael or LeBron? Deep dish or thin crust? Forward or flyback? These are just a few of the age-old questions that have been hotly debated over the years, people arguing their opinions with great...

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App note: Replacing traditional optocouplers with Si87xx digital isolators

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Digital isolator from Silicon Labs app note shows pin compatible plus high performance replacment of incumbent optoisolators, link here (PDF) Opto-couplers are a decades-old technology widely used for signal isolation, typically providing safety isolation, signal level shifting, and ground loop mitigation. They are commonly used in a wide range of...

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App note: Introduction to gapped clocks and PLLs

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

App note from Silicon Labs on the introduction of gapped clocks, how they can be used in network timing, and their impact upon phase locked loop (PLL) technology. Link here (PDF) Gapped clocks are periodic clock signals of a single clock frequency that have clock pulses removed from their stream....

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App note: Miniature, precision negative reference requires no precision resistors

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

App note from Maxim Integrated creating voltage negative reference from charge-pump inverter plus positive voltage reference combo. Link here (PDF) This application note discusses how to build a negative voltage reference without using external resistors or a negative supply by simply combining a simple charge-pump inverter and a positive output...

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App note: Simple test method for estimating the stability of linear regulators

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Tips from ROHM Semiconductor to estimate the stability of linear regulator using simple step response method. Link here (PDF) Low drop-out (LDO) regulators developed back in the age when large-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitors (hereinafter, MLCCs) were uncommon cause a phase delay, leading to oscillation when connected to a low-ESR capacitor...

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App note: Understanding the safety certification of digital isolators

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

This application note summarizes the international safety standards and certifications that apply to digital isolators. Link here Digital isolators provide signal isolation and the level shifting required for the correct operation of many circuits. Equally important, they insulate the user from electric shock. With basic human safety considerations so pertinent...

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App note: Reset and supervisor ICs – frequently asked questions

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

All about supervisor ICs FAQs from STMicroelectronics. Link here (PDF)

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