Single phase mains cycle skipping controller
Single phase mains cycle skipping controller sans harmonics
04.15.2024 Circuits

In electrical heating applications, resistive heaters are powered through phase angle-controlled SCR/triac circuits to vary the applied voltage/power to maintain the required temperature. Phase angle control produces a lot of harmonics leading to power line disturbances...

Are FinFETs coming an end
Are FinFETs coming to an end?
04.10.2024 Articles

FinFETs redefined chip design when they came onto the scene more than a decade ago. While these nonplanar transistors are still the unofficial industry standard, they may be nearing the end of their life...

Seeed unveils compact matter-ready XIAO ESP32C6
Seeed unveils the compact matter-ready XIAO ESP32C6 dev board
04.09.2024 News

Seeed Studio has launched a new entry in the XIAO family of small form factor microcontroller development boards, built around the Espressif ESP32-C6: the RISC-V XIAO ESP32C6, boasting Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3 Low Energy (BLE), and Matter-ready IEEE 802.15.4 connectivity...

Ceramic input capacitors can cause overvoltage
Ceramic input capacitors can cause overvoltage transients
04.08.2024 Articles

A recent trend in the design of portable devices has been to use ceramic capacitors to filter DC/DC converter inputs. Ceramic capacitors are often chosen because of their small size, low equivalent series resistance and high RMS current capability...

new improved latching power switch. Part
A new and improved latching power switch. Part 2
04.05.2024 Circuits

Although adequate for undemanding applications, the circuit suffers from several drawbacks which may limit its suitability...

STMicroelectronics high-performance microcontrollers pave way new
STMicroelectronics' high-performance microcontrollers pave the way to new innovations in smart home and industrial systems
04.05.2024 News

New STM32H7R/S microcontrollers raise embedded-application performance to new levels for next-generation smart devices in factories, buildings, infrastructure, eHealth...

new improved latching power switch. Part
A new and improved latching power switch. Part 1
04.04.2024 Circuits

A previous Design Idea outlined a relatively simple circuit in which a momentary pushbutton could be made to function like a latching, mechanical switch. The article generated a good deal of reader feedback. Amongst other comments, readers questioned whether it would be possible to adapt the circuit to provide (a) a cross-coupled arrangement...

15-bit voltage-to-time ADC Proper Function anemometer
15-bit voltage-to-time ADC for "Proper Function" anemometer linearization
04.03.2024 Circuits

Awhile back I published a simple design idea for a thermal airspeed sensor based on a self-heated Darlington transistor pair. The resulting sensor is simple, sensitive, and solid-state, but suffers from a radically nonlinear airspeed response...

Selecting right inductor current ripple
Selecting the right inductor current ripple
04.02.2024 Articles

A switching regulator converts an input voltage to a higher or lower output voltage. For this, an inductor is used to store energy temporarily...

Virtual-zener circuit simplifies high-voltage interface
Virtual-zener circuit simplifies high-voltage interface
04.01.2024 Circuits

This design for a photonic switch needs more than approximately 70 V at the cathode of a duo-lateral optical position-sensing device...