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A faster PWM-based DAC
When you need an analog output from a microcontroller that does not have a digital-to-analog converter, you can connect an external DAC chip. But for a cheaper solution, use a pulse-width modulated output and add a low-pass filter to extract its average value, which equals the duty cycle of the PWM signal...
James R. Biard, GaAs Infrared LED Inventor. Part 1
24.03.2017 · Articles
Dr. James R. “Bob” Biard is an American electrical engineer and inventor who holds 72 U.S. patents, including the GaAs infrared light-emitting diode, the optical isolator, the Schottky transistor, and Metal Oxide Semiconductor Read Only Memory...
Industry-First 1800W Auto-Compliant Transient Voltage Suppressor Launched by Diodes Incorporated at Embedded World 2017
24.03.2017 · News
Diodes Incorporated introduced the D28V0H1U2P5Q at Embedded World 2017. Billed as the industry’s first unidirectional 1800 W automotive-compliant transient voltage suppressor, this device is designed to protect sensitive electronic circuits from transients generated by inductive switching...
New TVS diode arrays offer options for both high data-rate interfaces and general purpose applications
23.03.2017 · News
Littelfuse, Inc. introduced an industry first: a new series of three unidirectional TVS diode arrays in space-saving 01005 flip chip packages (0.230 mm × 0.430 mm). Unidirectional protection is typically preferable to bidirectional protection, particularly on logic and data lines, which typically do not transit zero volts during standard operation...
New tinyAVR MCUs Increase System Throughput While Lowering Power Consumption in Embedded Applications
Microchip Technology has further expanded its AVR microcontroller portfolio by adding three new devices to the tinyAVR MCU family. The new ATtiny1617 series of MCUs expand the range of AVR devices that feature Core Independent Peripherals, which help increase system throughput while lowering overall power consumption...
Converting a Single-Ended Signal with the AD7982 Differential PulSAR ADC
21.03.2017 · Circuits
There are many applications that require a single-ended analog signal, either bipolar or unipolar, to be converted by a high resolution, differential input ADC. This dc-coupled circuit converts a single-ended input signal to a differential signal suitable for driving the AD7982, an 18-bit, 1 MSPS member of the PulSAR family of ADCs...
Micro Crystal 32.768 kHz oscillator module consumes less power
21.03.2017 · News
Micro Crystal now offers the popular oscillator in the advanced tiny package of just 1.2 × 2.0 × 0.7 mm. This hermetically sealed package hosts the integrated circuit together with the XTAL. It withstands harsh environmental condition...
Achieve true precision with the industry's first zero-drift, zero-crossover operational amplifier
21.03.2017 · News
Continuing to set the standard for precision amplifiers, Texas Instruments introduced the first operational amplifier (op amp) to offer both zero-drift and zero-crossover technology. The OPA388 op amp maintains high precision across the entire input range for a variety of industrial applications, including test and measurement, medical and safety equipment, and high-resolution data-acquisition systems...
High-voltage amplifier drives piezo tubes
20.03.2017 · Circuits
Piezoelectric tubular positioners that drive manipulators in scanning tunneling microscopes require high-voltage, low-current drive circuits. The circuit can drive high-resistance, low-capacitance piezoelectric loads at a –3-dB bandwidth of 6 kHz. It offers a low-cost alternative to commercial drivers...
TI introduces industry's first 4-20mA DAC with integrated buck/boost converter that operates off of a single-supply
20.03.2017 · News
Texas Instruments introduced a digital-to-analog converter that combines industry-leading precision performance with simpler power-supply design. The 16-bit DAC8775 operates from a single, wide 12- to 36-V power rail, leveraging an integrated buck/boost converter to generate all of the required internal power supplies to save designers time, cost and significant board space...