App note: How a SIMO PMIC enhances power efficiency for wearable IoT designs

App note from MAXIM Integrated on very compact PMIC using only single inductor to drive three independent switching regulators. Link here Small form factor and minimal power loss are key criteria for internet of things (IoT) hardware, particularly wearables. Meeting these criteria typically involves some tradeoffs. For example, to meet a specific power consumption goal, […]

App note: Challenge and Response with 1-Wire® SHA Devices

Another app note from Maxim Integrated about challenge-response security on 1-wire devices. Link here (PDF) Challenge-response can be a secure way of protecting access to any privileged material if implemented correctly. In this document, many options for challenge-response access control are discussed but the most secure method given is presenting a different random challenge on […]

App note: Extending I2C communication distance with the DS28E17

App note from Maxim integrated about alternative method to extend I2C bus. Link here (PDF) Systems are increasingly requiring greater distances for I2C buses. This article explains how the DS28E17 can be used to extend the distance of I2C devices while decreasing cost.

App note: Modern thermocouples and a high-resolution DeltaSigma ADC enable high-precision temperature measurement

Old app note from Maxim Integrated about high-precision temperature measurement. Link here (PDF) Many industrial and medical applications require temperature measurements with accuracies of ±1°C or better, performed with reasonable cost over a wide range of temperatures (-270°C to +1750°C), and often with low power consumption. Properly selected, standardized, modern thermocouples paired with high-resolution ADC […]

App note: Sterilization methods and their impact on medical devices containing electronics

App note from Maxim Integrated on electronic devices sterilization. Link here (PDF) Although there is considerable literature about sterilization methods and equipment, there is very little written about the impact of sterilization on electronics. This article compares popular sterilization methods and discusses their suitability for objects containing electronics.

App note: Map colors of a CIE plot and color temperature using an RGB color sensor

An app note from MAXIM integrated on RGB color sensor and their capability to correct color deviation by providing feedback based on a reference color. Link here (PDF) This application note will show how all the colors within the color gamut formed by red, green, and blue constants in a CIE plot can be measured […]

App note: Fundamentals of operation and recent developments of class D amplifiers

Good read about class D amplfiers from MAXIM Integrated. Link here (PDF) A Class D amplifier’s high efficiency makes it ideal for portable and compact high-power applications. Traditional Class D amplifiers require an external lowpass filter to extract the audio signal from the pulse-width-modulated (PWM) output waveform. Many modern Class D amplifiers, however, utilize advanced […]

App note: Avoid overvoltage stresses by minimizing power supply pumping on single-ended output, class D audio amplifiers

Here’s class D audio amplifier pumping remedy from MAXIM Integrated, power-supply pumping is a problem that occurs when playing low-frequency audio signals through a single-ended output. Link here (PDF) This application note explains what power-supply pumping is and how it occurs in designs that employ a Class D audio amplifier with single-ended output loads. The […]

App note: High-frequency automotive power supplies

Switching power supply used in automotive electronics app note from Maxim Integrated. Link here (PDF) The combination of high switching frequency and high-voltage capability is difficult to achieve in IC design. You can, however, design an automotive power supply that operates with high frequency if you protect it from temporary high-voltage conditions. High-frequency operation is […]

App note: Fan speed control is cool!

App note from Maxim Integrated about their MAX6650 and MAX6651 fan controllers chip. Link here (PDF) Temperature-based fan control is a necessity in a growing number of systems, both to reduce system noise and to improve fan reliability. When fan control is augmented by fan-speed monitoring, a speed-control loop can be implemented that is independent […]

App note: Choose the right power supply for your FPGA

Designing a power supply for FPGA includes multiple voltage, ripple management and power sequencing, here’s an app note from Maxim Integrated. Link here (PDF) Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) require 3 to 15, or even more, voltage rails. The logic fabric is usually at the latest process technology node that […]

App note: Current-sense amplifier doubles as a high common mode instrumentation amplifier

Application note from Maxim intergrated on utilizing a boost converter and a current-sense amplifier to form a regulator that derives +5V from -48V without isolation. Link here (PDF) Instrumentation amplifiers (IAs) are used where gain accuracy and dc precision are important, such as in measurement and test equipment. The downside of IAs is the cost. […]

App note: Microcontroller Clock – crystal, resonator, RC Oscillator, or silicon oscillator?

App note from Maxim Integrated on clock sources of microcontrollers and their strengths and weaknesses. Link here The majority of clock sources for microcontrollers can be grouped into two types: those based on mechanical resonant devices, such as crystals and ceramic resonators, and those based on electrical phase-shift circuits such as RC (resistor, capacitor) oscillators. […]

App note: Nonvolatile STANDBY/ON Switch

Power status recovery in this application note from Maxim Integrated. Link here (PDF) Using an electronically programmable voltage reference (DS4305) as a single-bit nonvolatile memory cell, this circuit remembers the state of a STANDBY/ON switch that changes state with no operator present.

App note: Single-pushbutton ON/OFF power control

With the help of an MAX6816 debouncer from Maxim Integrated to form a single push button power switch. Link here (PDF) This application note presents a single-pushbutton power-control circuit. The design consists of an ON/OFF control circuit comprised of a push button, debouncer, and flip-flop. This circuit toggles the power output voltage by controlling an […]

App note: ASIC fixes for noisy analog “Oops”

App note from Maxim Integrated about simple fixes that can solve most issues when designing with ASICs. Link here (PDF) Noise is a common problem in mixed-signal ASICs, degrading performance and jeopardizing the completion of products. This application note gives hints and tips for adding external circuits that make many of these ASICs operational for […]

App note: Multiplex boosted class-D without additional external circuitry

An analog switch MAX14689 from MAXIM Integrated let signals that are higher than rail voltage pass. Link here (PDF) Boosted class-D amplifiers drive speakers with voltages greater than the supply voltage. These amplifiers are becoming more common because they allow higher performance audio from a single lithium ion battery. Most boosted class-D amplifiers, however, do […]

App note: Charging batteries using USB power

Fairly old application note from MAXIM Integrated about getting out power from USB ports. Link here (PDF) Many devices with rechargeable batteries use USB power to recharge the batteries while they are connected. This application note describes the power available from USB and how it can be used to charge batteries, including circuits and some […]

App note: Choose the right voltage regulator to extend battery life in wearables

App note from Maxim Integrated on wearable devices demanding reduced quiescent and shut down currents when in idle and in sleep mode in a voltage regulator. Link here Wearable devices have emerged as the next big market opportunity in the electronics industry. Smart watches are among the most popular wearable items today. The healthcare market, […]

App note: Voltage reference long-term stability reduces industrial process control calibration costs

Application note from Maxim Integrated about improved long term stability of their voltage references. Link here (PDF) Large industrial plants such as those in the oil, gas, electricity, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage industries rely on electronic instrumentation to provide accurate, stable measurements to control their processes. The stability of an instrument very much depends […]