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App note: Silicon Labs’ TS3004 VS. the CMOS 555 – Determining lowest supply current for battery-powered applications

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Good read on this app note from Silicon Labs comparing their low power but obsolete timer. Link here (PDF) The 555 timer is the workhorse of ICs, with close to a billion of them manufactured every year. Introduced in 1972, the 555 is still in widespread use because of its...

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App note: Single-cell regulated Q-pump draws low quiescent current

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Q-pump an alternative to inductor charge pump boost regulator for low power and sleepy microcontroller from Silicon Labs. Link here (PDF) In the switch-mode power supply world, capacitor-based charge pumps (or Q-pumps) generally aren’t useful for heavy lifting, but work well in niche micropower applications where space is at a...

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App note: Core independent voltage window signal detection using a single comparator

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Presenting the usage of Core independent paripheral of PICs in this app note from Microchip. Link here (PDF) It is possible to find out whether a measured signal is below or above a certain value/reference using a single comparator. But, what if the desired interval is between two values, the...

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App note: Power supply rejection ratio of low dropout voltage regulators

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Here's an app note about PSRR of LDO from Microchip. Link here (PDF) The Power Supply Rejection Ratio is the ability of a device, such as a Low Dropout Voltage regulator, to reject the various perturbations that can be found in its input supply rail by providing a greatly attenuated...

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App note: Comparison of LED circuits

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Another application note from OSRAM on different LED circuit design failure mode. Link here (PDF) In recent years, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have become a viable alternative to conventional light sources. The overriding advantages long life, high efficiency, small size and short reaction time have lead to the displacement, in...

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App note: Dimming LEDs with respect to grouping current

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

App note from OSRAM describing the behaviour of LEDs in respect to brightness by varying the current and to suggest solutions for avoiding negative influence for the application. Link here (PDF) In the design of a driving circuit for LEDs, the dimming behaviour is an important topic to fulfill the...

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App note: Passive entry door system with proximity sensor

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

A full implementation of a keyless entry from Microchip. Link here (PDF) The door access systems have evolved from simple physical keys to more sophisticated keyless entry systems. Now, we have a system that automatically unlocks the door when user carrying an access key approaches the door handle. As it...

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App note: Low Power POE Flyback Converter

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

App note from Microchip about their MIC2145 boost switching regulator to do POE Flayback conversion. Link here (PDF) The MIC2145 skip mode controller is used to implement a flyback converter that is intended for use in nonisolated, low power, POE applications. The circuit has a nominal 48V input and supports...

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App note: Consideration of self pollution reduction for electronic systems

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

App note from ON Semiconductors on EMI self pollution. Link here (PDF) This application note will address the problem of Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) self pollution in which one part of an electrical systems such as cell phones and consumer electrical products emit radiation that interferes with the operation of...

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App note: 1 kV SenseFET integrated power switch

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

App note from ON Semiconductors on their FSL4110LR power switch for SMPS power supplies. Link here (PDF) Some industrial equipment that are supplied from a threephase AC power source such as industrial drives and energy meters often need an auxiliary power supply stage that can provide a regulated low-power DC...

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App note: Programmable analog functions

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Another app note from ON Semiconductors about various digital potentiometers application. Link here (PDF) Analog circuits are made programmable by using digital potentiometers (POTs) to vary the key circuit parameters. This application note provides the analog design engineer with basic reference designs and circuit ideas for controlling the key parameters...

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App note: Digital potentiometer (POT) to control LED brightness

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Controlling LED brightness through digital potentiometer and a LED driver from ON Semiconductor. Link here (PDF) Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) require a regulated current, and their brightness is proportional to the current that flows through them. Some LED drivers use an external resistor to set the LED current. A digital POT...

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App note: High density serial flash addressing

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Old app note from Macronix about accessing high density serial flash. Link here (PDF) Many consumer products have converted or are converting from parallel flash to SPI serial flash. Generally, high end applications require higher memory density, but in the past, serial flash densities were limited to 128Mb due to...

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App note: USB On-The-Go (OTG) basics

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

USB OTG explained in this app note from Cypress Semiconductors. Link here This application note discusses several aspects of OTG functionality. The note introduces end-applications and different types of cables and connectors involved with OTG. It also describes the OTG protocol state changes when both Mini-A and Mini-B devices are...

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App note: Meeting transient specifications for electrical systems in military vehicles

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Hardened circuit protection against voltage spikes and surges tackled in this app note from Vicor. Link here (PDF) Electrical systems in military vehicles are normally required to meet stringent transient requirements. Typical of these specifications is the MIL-STD-1275B. Although the specified levels of these surges and spikes are outside the...

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App note: Intelligent lighting controller measures ambient light and tracks time

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Implementation on ambient light and time tracking luminaires controller from MAXIM Integrated, Link here This reference design explains how to design an intelligent lighting controller that senses and measures the ambient light level with an ambient light sensor (ALS). Equipped with a real-time clock (RTC), the controller also knows when...

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App note: Selecting the right CMOS analog switch

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

App note from MAXIM Integrated digging on the basics of CMOS analog switches and the latest improvement on them from the standard one. Link here Integrated analog switches often form the interface between analog signals and a digital controller. With the large number of analog switches on the market today,...

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App note: Gate-source voltage behaviour in a bridge configuration

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

App note from ROHM semiconductor on MOSFETS and IGBTs. Link here (PDF) Power switching devices such as MOSFETs and IGBTs are used for various kinds of power supply applications, power supply line switching components, and other power applications. In addition, the circuit topologies used are diverse, parallel and series connections...

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App note: Board level application notes for DFN and QFN packages

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Board mounting an DFN/QFN (Dual/Quad Flat-Pack No lead) application note from ON Semiconductor. Link here (PDF) The DFN/QFN platform offers a versatility which allows either a single or multiple semiconductor devices to be connected together within a leadless package. These guidelines include printed circuit board mounting pads, solder mask and...

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App note: Why honest weigh scales are application specific

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

App note from Maxim Integrated discussing strain gauge and accompanying circuit are used in today's weight measurement applications. Link here (PDF) Current laws and regulations require honesty, tolerance, and accuracy in weigh scales. The most commonly used weight-measurement element is the strain gauge. This application note explains how strain gauges...

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