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Since ADI has always been primarily an analog design company, we hear a lot of commentary on the nature and difficulty of analog circuit design. For instance, analog design is commonly referred to as “black magic” or as “more...

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Amplifier RF: Think Before you Choose!

I’m selecting an op amp for my precision signal path. Isn’t faster always better?

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StudentZone

Breadboarding and Prototyping Circuits

At some point as a student or engineer you will probably need to breadboard a circuit either to verify its performance or for use in a project. If it’s a student project, your breadboard may actually be the final system. Fortunately, you can use modern solderless techniques to build breadboards that are robust enough to use with most student projects.

In addition to constructing circuits for projects, the breadboard is often used to verify circuit performance. While SPICE simulations are great tools, they have their limitations and often times at least a portion of the critical circuit (usually the analog section) needs verification with a breadboard. On the other hand, breadboards have their own set of limitations, so you need to be sure to read the Breadboarding Caveats section.  Read more ...