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A Note From
the EDITOR

It seems like only yesterday that I introduced myself as the new editor of Analog Dialogue, and with this issue, I must now say goodbye, as retirement has arrived at my door. Editing Analog Dialogue for this short time has been a rewarding...

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The Case of the Misguided Gyro

I have heard that it is possible for a gyroscope heading to accumulate drift error over time. Can this happen in my IMU?

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StudentZone

Grounding and Decoupling: Learn Basics Now and Save Yourself Much Grief Later! Part 1: Grounding

Let’s assume that you’ve read the previous November and December StudentZone columns on breadboarding and prototyping and have had some success in actually building a working circuit for a project or just for a hobby. You probably used a solderless breadboard, and the circuit may look something like the one shown in Figure 1.

You were clever and took advantage of the buses at the top and bottom of the board and used them for the voltage and ground connections. In the Figure 1 circuit, there are two +5 V buses and two GND buses located on the top and bottom of the board (connected together with an external wire). This dual bus arrangement allows flexibility in making the power and ground connections from either half of the board. Good job! Read more ...