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App note: How to pick a click-and-pop suppressor

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Audio noises click-and-pop suppression method from Maxim. Link here (PDF) This application note presents the MAX9890 and MAX9892 which use different approaches to remove audible click and pop from headphones. Each device is uniquely suited to different applications.

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App note: Introduction to hearing aids and important design considerations

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Introduction to hearing aids app note (PDF!) from Maxim: This application note introduces the styles of hearing aids, including behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE), in the canal (ITC), and completely in the canal (CIC), as well as a brief summary of both analog and digital hearing aid...

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App note: Welcoming water metering into the 21st Century

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Maxim application note: Water. It is the most precious managed resource on the planet. Getting clean water to everyone can, in fact, be a matter of life and death. Managing water resources is a serious challenge today. Water is expensive to clean and difficult to get to where it is...

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App note: Typically testing “Typical” in a typical manner

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Typically testing “Typical” in a typical manner,  app note here (PDF!) from Maxim: Typical (typ) is typically the most misunderstood word in Integrated Circuit (IC) testing. Typical values can’t be tested directly because they are a statistical value. We discuss how to read a data sheet to understand what parameters...

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App note: Understanding and using cyclic redundancy checks with Maxim 1-wire and iButton products

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Understanding and using cyclic redundancy checks with Maxim 1-wire and iButton products, application note here (PDF!) from Maxim: All 1-Wire® devices, including iButton® devices, contain an 8-byte unique registration number in read-only memory (ROM). This registration number is used as a unique network address on a 1-Wire bus. To ensure...

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App note: Green LED replaces LDO regulator

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

App note(PDF) from MAXIM using a green LED as LDO for low power application Insystems in which a microcontroller must communicate with peripheral devices that operate at different supply voltages, a level translator may be necessary. This design idea explains how for lowpower loads, a single green LED can replace...

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App note: Self-starting can be hard to do – Understanding power-on-reset requirements in regulators and bandgaps

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Things should be set-up properly before putting all load back again. Here's a tip(PDF) from MAXIM on self-powering/recovering from power loss. Self-starting is a necessary but sometimes difficult task, whether it is motivating humans, starting cold automobiles, or providing power-on-reset (POR) for ICs. PORs ensure systems start in known and...

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App note: Lithium coin-cell batteries: Predicting an application lifetime

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

An application note (PDF) from MAXIM. The typical specification for lithium coin-cell batteries has been to provide a 10-year battery lifetime in the absence of system power. End users should evaluate the anticipated lifetime in their specific application, especially for those that exceed typical commercial environments or that need to...

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App note: I2C interface connects compact flash Card to microcontroller

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

CF cards needs a lot of I/O resources in order to communicate, here's MAXIM's solution(PDF) using their MAX7311 I/O expander to interface these type of data storage devices. This application note explains how to use an I2C I/O extender to connect a compact-flash (CF) card to the I2C interface of...

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App note: Power-supply solutions for Xilinx FPGAs

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAXIM's power solution for Xilinx' FPGAs. App note here (PDF!) Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are used in a wide variety of applications and end markets, including digital signal processing, medical imaging, and high-performance computing. This application note outlines the issues related to powering FPGAs.  

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App note: Power supplies begin the circuit foundation, taming switching power-supply layout

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

A power supply design app note from MAXIM. This article outlines power, ground PCB, and system layout hints and kinks. It includes an overview of using power, ground star points, and multifrequency power decoupling. It also shows how to control the component placement to minimize the size of the high-current...

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App note: Gamma-photon radiation detector

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

An app note on Gamma-photon radiation detector (PDF!) by Maxim: A PIN photodiode, four low-noise op amps and a comparator are used to detect individual photons of gamma radiation. The schematic, design considerations and component selection are discussed.

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App note: Getting started with the MAXQ622 evaluation kit

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Here’s an getting started guide from Maxim describing their MAXQ622 low-power RISC microcontroller: This application note describes how to create, build, and debug applications targeted for the MAXQ622 low-power RISC microcontroller. The article uses the IAR Embedded Workbench toolset and C compiler available from IAR Systems.

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App note: Guidelines for the MAX5977’s critical component placement and routing

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Guidelines for the MAX5977’s critical component placement and routing from Maxim, app note here: This application note presents guidelines for the placement and routing of the most critical components and traces in a typical design for the MAX5977 high-performance, hot-swap, electronic fuse, high-side current-sense controller.

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App note: DS2406 PIO command examples

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

An app note from Maxim, DS2406 PIO command examples: This application note reviews and provides example commands for using the I/O capabilities of the DS2406.

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App note: Tips for writing bulletproof real-time clock control code

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

  Here's a good app note from Maxim on writing real-time clock code to get a stable system operation. With the use of proper device initialization and code sequencing, accurate timekeeping and clock alarm operations become a more manageable task.

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App note: Introduction to SHA-256 Master/Slave authentication

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

An application from Maxim: Introduction to SHA-256 Master/Slave authentication A new group of secure authenticators and a companion secure coprocessor/1-Wire® master implement SHA-256 authentication. This application note explains the general logistics of this SHA-256-based security system and introduces the bidirectional authentication functionality that the authentication system uses.

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App note: In-system calibration with the 78M6610+PSU energy measurement processor

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Another application from Maxim on how to calibrate a measurement subsystem using the 78M6610+PSU: The 78M6610+PSU is an energy measurement processor that is embedded in high-power switch-mode power-supply units (PSUs) to measure and report the real-time power used by the system. As with any measurement device, the sense circuit used...

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App note: Thermal Management Handbook

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

A Thermal Management handbook from Maxim, , app note here: Maxim's Thermal Management Handbook includes temperature sensing and fan control concepts, circuits and application guidelines. Thermistors, thermocouples, RTDs, and various IC temperature sensors (local temperature sensors, remote temperature sensors, analog temperature sensors, digital temperature sensors, and temperature switches) are discussed,...

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App note – Distribution automation and the smart grid: Coming of age with a new set of challenges

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Another good app note from Maxim - Distribution automation and the smart grid: Coming of age with a new set of challenges The combination of aging electricity grid infrastructure and renewable portfolio standards present new challenges in the distribution automation space worldwide. In this application note, we review three key areas: asset...

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