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Reduce measurement errors in RTD circuits

16 Feb 2016 | Gordon Lee

To get the most from an RTD, you need to properly adapt it to an ADC for digitizing. Learn how to accomplish this.

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Automotive

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Electronic control system partitioning in autonomous cars 09/11/2015
The evolution of assisted and automated-drive features into fully autonomous vehicles will significantly increase the workload of vehicle electronic control and information systems.

Improving PSI5 silicon validation setup 06/11/2015
Peripheral Sensor Interface 5 is used to connect peripheral sensors to electronic control units in automotive electronics. Find out how to enhance its silicon validation setup.

Test strategies for the connected car 29/10/2015
It is not necessary to invent test strategies for connected cars from scratch. A look over the fence could help<b>—</b>the mobile industry has already rich experience in testing complex wireless systems.

Post-silicon testing finds corner-case issues 21/10/2015
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Communications/Network

Fixing a wireless network link 17/05/2016
Here is a particular case of troubleshooting a 200m wireless network link with a performance inversely correlated to dampness, where wet snow or heavy rain wipes out the link.

Cut CAN power consumption with partial networking 16/05/2016
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Grasping illumination pattern 02/05/2016
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Examining network functions virtualisation 25/04/2016
Read about network functions virtualisation, an alternative approach for network operators touted to revolutionise the mobile network.

Dealing with platform interference 04/01/2016
In this article, we will show what this noise looks like, how to measure it and suggest some remediation.

Parasitic extraction techniques for touchscreens 28/12/2015
With the right tools and the right techniques, designers can overcome parasitic extraction, which is one of the major verification challenges for touchscreens.

Minimising SAR with proximity sensor 28/12/2015
One solution for managing specific absorption rate is to build a capacitive proximity sensor into a mobile device. Know the several factors that make this sensor ideal for such applications.

Prying Eyes: Fitness tracker that drives chip demand 07/12/2015
Last year, Microsoft released its first band, which could just as well have been considered a smart watch. Let's see what's inside this fitness tracking device.

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Computing/Peripherals

Analogue meters: Maximising your meter 13/05/2015
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Analogue meters: High voltage and current levels 04/05/2015
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RDIMM vs LRDIMM: What changed for the better? 10/09/2014
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Consumer Electronics

Prying Eyes: Opening up a DSL gateway 09/05/2016
In this teardown, we disassemble a DSL modem-plus-router, a CenturyLink-branded ZyXEL PK5001Z,without doing any permanent damage to it.

Prying Eyes: Shocking 12V AC adapters 26/04/2016
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Exploring the realm of 12V adapters 21/04/2016
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Poor design results to raspy radios 18/04/2016
Some radios have high distortion even at low volume. The result was to make speech and music always take on a raspy effect, which is quite objectionable.

Scientific results evaluation: Irreproducible results 29/03/2016
In this instalment, we will how you how easy it is for the demons of random processes to wipe out otherwise convincing results.

The search for new ribbon microphone angle 28/03/2016
Learn about the design changes, along with improved magnets that became available in the 1990s, that contributed to the success of Ribbon Microphone by Royer Labs.

Prying Eyes: Amazon's Dash Button 17/03/2016
In this teardown, we find out how much hardware Amazon was able to squeeze into such a diminutive bill-of-materials budget.

Scientific results evaluation: Rules of Thumb 10/03/2016
In this instalment, we discuss the rules of thumb for distinguishing strong results from weak. Yes, there's math, but it is pretty simple.

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IC/Board/Systems Design

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Learn about an incremental debug methodology that enables FPGA designers to deliver debugged designs quickly and easily, ensuring design integrity and robustness.

Urgency in the need for corona-free customs magnetics sol'ns 28/04/2016
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Fast Fourier Transform: Equations and history 27/04/2016
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Poor design results to raspy radios 18/04/2016
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Industrial/Mil/Aero

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Power dust mote from piezoelectric transducer 06/10/2015
Read about a buck-boost DC/DC converter that can be used to create a single output always-on power supply that sources power for the remote dust mote.

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In this article, we will examine some of the primary considerations for ensuring accuracy in a CMOS-based semiconductor temperature sensor.

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Medical

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Power/Smart Energy

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Urgency in the need for corona-free customs magnetics sol'ns 28/04/2016
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Prying Eyes: Shocking 12V AC adapters 26/04/2016
Prepare to be shocked with this tear down, which explores a really dirty side of Chinese manufacturing. It makes you wonder how deeply this sort of thing permeates the industry.

Exploring the realm of 12V adapters 21/04/2016
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Examining PCB layouts for power stages 15/04/2016
Here is a look at the buck, boost and single-ended primary inductor converter power stages.

Power precision SAR ADC with ultra-low power switcher 12/04/2016
Learn about a means of achieving a higher efficiency power solution for your precision successive approximation register ADC.

High voltage charge pumps minimise EMI 01/04/2016
Charge pumps used to have limited input and output voltage ranges. This is expected to change with the introduction of high voltage charge pumps.

MOSFETs burn zero power to balance supercaps 24/03/2016
In this article, we provide an example and analyse in three small steps what actually happens when SAB MOSFET goes through its balancing act.

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Test & Measurement

Rule of thumb: Aspect ratio for 50Ω microstrip 20/05/2016
In this article, we can explore what the ratio is for a specific value of Dk (dielectric constant) and conductor thickness.

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In this article, we investigate the application of several signal processing tools including averaging, FFT and filtering.

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Design for low-noise feedback control with MEMS gyroscopes 17/05/2016
Noise in the angular rate feedback loops can have a direct influence on key performance criteria, so it should be a consideration as early as possible in the design process for a new system.

Guide to proficiency test results interpretation 05/05/2016
Proficiency testing is analogous to a surveillance activity for assessing the quality and uniformity of tests and measurements performed in a laboratory.

Minimising FPGA debug time 29/04/2016
Learn about an incremental debug methodology that enables FPGA designers to deliver debugged designs quickly and easily, ensuring design integrity and robustness.

Moving scan test out of critical path 06/04/2016
In this article, we look into the advantages of moving the DFT insertion and pattern generation earlier in the flow, thereby taking DFT out of the critical development paths.

Don't COMmit same mistakes made with jitter 31/03/2016
As channel operating margin (COM) is built from different measurements and includes the results of models, there are many ways for it to fail. Find out how to avoid this.

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