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 […]

App note: Designing a PSR Quasi-Resonant adaptor driven by the NCP1362

ON Semiconductor’s app note featuring 12V 12W adaptor design using NCP1362 primary side regulation controller with valley lockout that hold its switching frequency at light loads. Link here (PDF) Quasi−square wave resonant converters also known as Quasi−Resonant (QR) converters are widely used in the adaptor market. They help designing flyback Switched−Mode Power Supply (SMPS) with […]

App note: FT90X ethernet LED control

App note from FTDI/Bridgetek demonstrating LED control over Ethernet. Link here (PDF) In an increasingly connected world, more and more devices are going online. To enable online connectivity typically requires an MCU with Ethernet or Wi-Fi capabilities. To demonstrate the principle, this Application Note describes an implementation of a web server which allows for control […]

App note: PCB layout guidelines for high frequency signaling products

High speed board design app note from ON Semiconductor. Link here (PDF) There is an increase of devices and circuitry in usage of high speed, low consumption, small volume and lower interference. Hence PCB design is an important stage of electronic product design. It forms a connection between function and electronic components, and is also […]

App note: Calculating and interpreting power dissipation for polypropylene film DC-link capacitors

Tech note from Vishay on polypropylene film capacitor value calculation with temperature and power dissipation consideration. Link here (PDF) Film capacitors can deliver high power density due to their low ESR and high ripple current capabilities, and offer the highest ampere per μF ratio of capacitor technologies. This feature, combined with their high reliability and […]

App note: Guidelines on the effects of parasitic capacitance on clock accuracy due to board layout

Board design considerations like board thickness and layer stacking under a crystal when designing PCB for accurate clock crystals discuss in this app note from Maxim Integrated. Link here Crystal oscillator is widely used in RTC applications. Clock accuracy, one of the key parameters in real-time clocks, partly depends on the parasitic capacitance of the […]

App note: Basics of ventilator systems

App note from Maxim Integrated about the design of modern ventilator system. Link here This application note provides an overview of ventilator systems with a focus on system design for precision measurement and reliable protection. It discusses the four key components of a pneumatic ventilation system: gas supply, gas flow mixture, inhalation and exhalation systems. […]

App note: 48V buck converter helps MHEVs meet fuel emission standards

Maxim Integrated got you covered on designing all in 48V automotive compliant buck converter. Link here Ever-tightening automotive fuel emission standards are becoming challenging. The gasoline engine needs the help of an electric motor to meet these standards, leading to the introduction of mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEV) with higher battery voltages. 48V hybrids are […]

App note: Surge-proof your industrial sensor

Design solution for a robust and reliable power supply for industrial sensors from Maxim Integrated. Link here Modern industrial sensors must operate reliably in harsh and demanding industrial environments where they are prone to large surge voltages and mechanical stresses. This places considerable demands on the DC power supply that they use. We consider the […]