App note: Paralleling linear regulators made easy

Various configuration of linear regulator for parallel operation discussed in this technical article from Analog Devices. Link here Linear regulators provide a simple, low noise solution for dc-dc regulation. However, at higher VIN-VOUT differentials the low efficiency and high power dissipation of linear regulators limits the amount of output current that can realistically be delivered. […]

App Note: Optimizing CAN node bit timing to accommodate digital isolator propagation delays

Adding robustness by digital isolation and compensating for propagation delays to CAN network presented in this technical article from Analog Devices. Link here (PDF) Controller area network (CAN), standardized under ISO 11898, is widely used in industrial and automotive applications. CAN protocols such as DeviceNet or CANOpen rely on the built-in error checking and differential […]

App note: Impedance characteristics of bypass capacitor

App note from ROHM Semiconductors about different type of bypass capacitors impedance and some tip when replacing them. Link here (PDF) There are various types of capacitors. If you select parts only based on their capacitance values, the requirements for bypass capacitors may not be satisfied, leading to malfunction of devices or nonconformity to standards. […]

App note: BA1117 dropout voltage

App note from ROHM Semiconductors about linear regulator dropout voltage. Link here (PDF) The dropout voltage is the difference between the input and output voltages that is necessary for the stabilizing operation of a linear regulator. When the input voltage approaches the output voltage, stabilizing operation cannot be maintained and the output starts dropping in […]

App note: RS-485 communication link vs. the electric fence, A demonstration of RS-485 EMC robustness

Analog Devices’ RS-485 robustness demonstration by direct application of HV transient to the communication line. Link here Industrial and instrumentation applications (I&I) require transmission of data between multiple systems, often over very long distances. The RS-485 bus standard is one of the most widely used physical layer bus designs in I&I applications. Applications for RS-485 […]

App note: Using ESD diodes as voltage clamps

App note from Analog Devices on improving robustness of an amplifier by determining and mitigating internal ESD diode clamp electrical overestress. Link here When external overvoltage conditions are applied to an amplifier, ESD diodes are the last line of defense between your amplifier and electrical over stress. With proper understanding of how an ESD cell […]

App note: Notes for temperature measurement using forward voltage of PN junction

App note from ROHM Semiconductors about the cautions when measuring temperature from PN Junctions. Link here (PDF) The forward voltage of a pn junction can be measured to estimate the junction temperature of a semiconductor device. However, correct results may not be obtained if the measurement is performed incorrectly.

App note: What is a digital transistor?

See the simple composition of a digital transistor, app note from ROHM Semiconductors. Link here A digital transistor is a bipolar transistor that integrates resistors. Bipolar operation tends to become unstable if the input (Base) is connected directly to the output terminal of an IC for voltage control. Inserting a resistor at the Base stabilizes […]

App note: Advantages and limitations of the chopper-stabilized architecture of zero-drift precision op amps

App note from ON Semiconductors on the do’s and don’ts when using zero-drift precision op amps. Link here (PDF) Zero−drift precision op amps are specialized op amps designed for applications that require high output accuracy due to small differential voltages. Not only do they feature low input offset voltage, but they also have high CMRR, […]

App note: A method of enabling more touch pads With 5-ch CapTouch module on LPC804 MCU

App note from NXP demonstrating capacitive pin channels expansion on LPC804 MCU with SWM (switch matrix) and scan sequences. Link here (PDF) The CapTouch module on LPC804 supports only 5 channels by hardware. Normally, the device with up to 5 channels can fulfill some simple use cases. But if more channels are required by the […]

App note: SPI flash programming algorithms for LP546xx

App note from NXP giving step by step guide on creating flash programming file for MDK and also using pre-compiled flash programming algorithm which can be used directly. Link here (PDF) LPC546xx has external spi flash interface(SPIFI) which can R/W external flash with single/dual/quad mode. It also supports XIP mode which means code can be […]

App note: Measurement, calibration and measurement uncertainty of OSRAM Opto Semiconductor LEDs

App note from OSRAM focuses on the measurement of LEDs and provides a fundamental understanding of optical measurement, calibration and measurement uncertainty. Link here (PDF) With the recent rapid growth of the LED market and the development of its applications, LEDs have become more common. They can now be found in many new applications within […]

App note: Health monitoring

App note from OSRAM on design recommendation for LEDs and photodiodes intended for health monitoring. Link here (PDF) Wearable applications enable the monitoring of vital signs for healthcare reasons and also for daily life activity tracking. This application note provides basic information on health monitoring as well as an overview of the potential products and […]

App note: Charging capacitive loads with eFuse

App note from ON Semiconductors on how eFuse manage to cope up with large capacitive loads. Link here (PDF) The eFuse protection devices are used for limiting the system load current in the events of overload or short circuit. Many applications employ On Semiconductor eFuses at the power input stage of the system between the […]

App note: Tuning linear redrivers

App note from ON Semiconductors about linear redrivers setting. Linear redrivers are used in systems in order to improve high speed signal integrity in systems transmitting digital data. Link here (PDF) Linear redrivers are used in many applications that transmit data at high speeds. They can be found on computer motherboards, gaming consoles, graphics cards, […]

App note: Tutorial selecting the optimum voltage reference

App note from Maxim Integrated guiding you when selecting voltage references. Link here What could be more basic than a voltage reference – a simple, constant reference voltage? As with all design topics, there are tradeoffs. This article discusses the different types of voltage references, their key specifications, and the design tradeoffs, including accuracy, temperature-independence, […]

App note: Voltage Reference Application and Design Note

App note from Renesas on the basics of voltage reference. Link here (PDF) Conceptually, a voltage reference is a very simple device with only one purpose in its life. Quite simply, the purpose of a voltage reference is to generate an exact output voltage no matter what happens with respect to its operating voltage, load […]

App note: How to monitor state-of-charge in small batteries with tiny, ultra-low-power comparators

App note from Maxim Integrated about low current and voltage battery monitors. Link here Many of today’s portable consumer electronic devices are powered by small button or coin-cell batteries. Users, of course, expect long battery life and reliable charge-level information. However, it can be quite challenging to efficiently monitor the health and state-of-charge (SOC) of […]

App note: Effects of different resistor tolerances in a differential ADC for THD performance

App note from Maxim Integrated demonstrating the effects of different resistor tolerances on the analog front end of ADC’s performance. Link here This application note explains how the different tolerances of the same value resistors at the inputs can alter the THD performance of the fully differential ADC. The cost of resistors changes significantly with […]

App note: LV5980MC step-down switching regulator

Single chip high efficiency step-down converter, app note from ON Semiconductors. Link here (PDF) The LV5980MC is a fixed 370 kHz, high−output−current, Non−synchronous PWM converter that integrates a low−resistance, high−side MOSFET and a Customer Chosen, External Diode for the rectification. The LV5980MC utilizes externally compensated current mode control to provide good transient response, ease of […]