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Missing Half the Signal

Unused Pins

The Truth About Voltage Feedback Resistors

Unfiltered Analog

Voltage References Can Bite You, Too

The Ingenious Gentleman and the Mysterious Paddle

Mystery Spur Explained: Don't Blame the DDC!

Murphy Rules!

Muntzing can save cost, components, and even your sanity

Isn’t that gain specification a bit lopsided?

Choosing References

Don’t Get Caught Speeding

Exposed Paddles and Downbonds Improve Performance and Reduce Pin Count

Choosing Analog ICs

I Grew Up in the 80s and Survived!

ADCs for High Dynamic Range – Successive-Approximation or Sigma-Delta?

LEDs are Photodiodes Too

The Diamond Plot

Overranged Converter Recovers Quickly

Discretion is the better part…

Looking for Trouble in All the Wrong Places

Programmable ADC Input Range Provides System Benefits

Defying Scrooge

Bits Per Second Make My Head Hertz

RAQs: 100 Issues and Counting

Overrange Flag Indicates Data Validity

Design Tools and Support Communities Make Analog Fun, not Fearful

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EngineerZone Makes Getting Answers a Breeze

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Soft Clipping vs. Hard Clipping

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Do-it-Yourself ASICs

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Crystal Radio Sets and Op Amps - Both Can Detect RF Signals

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Input Magic - Differential Signals Allow Input Swing to Exceed Supply Voltage

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Multipliers and Modulators

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Noise Gain vs. Signal Gain - What's the difference between noise gain and signal gain?

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Resolution vs. ENOB - Still Hazy After All These Years

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Electronic is Fun - Is Analog Electronics Fun?

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The Decline of Rounding—or How Significant is Significance?

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Apples and Oranges—Correlating Specifications Requires Common Test Conditions

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Current Transformers—and Vacuum Cleaners

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Great Expectations Come From Basic Understandings

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Driving Miss ADC

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Dual Op Amps and Double Agents: They may not always appear to be who they say they are...

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Transformers: They're Not All Boat Anchors

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Switching Bits

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The Electromotive Force and Op Amps

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Nobody is Perfect - Not Even an Engineer!

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Considerations on High-Speed Converter PCB Design, Part 4: Plane Coupling

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Beware of big claims and large numbers...they don't always add up.

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In and Out - or - Why Have a Capacitor?

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Crosstalkin' Converters

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Rotary Potentiometers: There Must Be a Better Option

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The Benefits of Ancient Logic

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Balancing Phase in High-Speed Converters

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Looking for savings in all the wrong places

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Do Something with that Unused Pin!

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Considerations on High-Speed Converter PCB Design, Part 3: The E-Pad Low Down

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A Foolish Question about Op Amps and Capacitors

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Measuring the DC Parameters of Op Amps

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Considerations on High-Speed Converter PCB Design, Part 2: Using Power and Ground Planes to Your Advantage.

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Op Amp Dedicated Feedback Pin Helps Achieve New Levels of Performance; or This feedback pin is dedicated to all those op amps out there tonight!

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Oversampling and Undersampling

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Considerations on High-Speed Converter PCB Design, Part 1: Power and Ground Planes.

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Is amplifier headroom cramping your style?

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Make Do!

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Watch for Those Multiple Clocking Edges!

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Is Your Amplifier Disabled, or is it Merely Sleeping?

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How to Avoid Burning Cakes

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Keeping Your A/D Converter Clocks Jitter Free

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Amplifier, attenuator or both?

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Taming A/D Converter Power Supplies

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Don't be Mean - be Root Mean Square!

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VFB or CFB that is the question!

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Bring on the Converter Noise! - Part 2

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Bring on the Converter Noise! - Part 1

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What's the big deal about ABSOLUTE MAXIMUM RATINGS?

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What's the (Converter) Frequency Kenneth?

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Some Chips Have Moving Parts!

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Which carries more weight, a datasheet or SPICE macromodel?

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What shall we do with an unused op-amp?

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Glass Diodes May See the Light – and Hum

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Keeping Common Modes Common

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Impedance Measuring Chip Offers Little Resistance to Applications

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Are Your Filters Filtering?

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What's in Your Toolbox?

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How Big Is It?

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Off-amps, what the heck are off-amps? Op amps with no power applied, of course.

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Single Supply Amplifiers – They Sound Simple ... are they?

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Lock Down That Noise - Don't Let It Escape

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The Difference Between Different Differential Amplifiers

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Stress Is Bad For You – and For Analog ICs

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A Capaciticectomy? Sounds Awfully Painful!

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Hysteresis Blocks Magic

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Political Correctness and Datasheets

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Too Hot or Too Cold May Be Just Right

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CAPACITIVE SENSORS: Rugged Enough for the Real World?

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Half Full or Half Empty? Thoughts on Capacity.

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What's Your Amplifier's Febricity Due to Electricity?

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Resistors (and old ladies) have hidden depths

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Op-Amp Noise can be Deafening Too

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Resistor Noise can be Deafening, and Hard to Reduce

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Are leaky amps sinking your design?

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Should you butcher your circuit or your test gear? Capable engineers should be prepared to question, and modify, anything, not just their own designs.

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Things (animals and ADCs) are not always what they seem

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Breadboarding With Surface Mount ICs Too small, or not too small? That is the question...

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Igor, pass me some supply sequencers!

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Observing Maximum Ratings or How to Avoid Forecasts of Doom

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Just How Accurate was William Tell, Anyway?

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More Chips are Better than One (or the Benefits of Belgian Food)

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Replacing Optocouplers with Digital Isolators (or How a Midnight Ride Could Have Been Avoided)

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The Long Term Stability of Precision Analog ICs, or How to Age Gracefully and Avoid Sudden Death

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Resourcefulness, or Why Good Engineers (and Good Cooks) Use the Best Available Components.

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It May be Greek to You, but Sigma Delta Converters are Not Really Hard to Understand

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How Not to Design Active Filters (or Not Only Sharks Distract Divers)

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Comparators & Op Amps – May They Never Meet (or Good Advice from Mr. Punch)

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Digital Processing Does Not Always Rule (or What Makes an Analog Engineer Laugh?)

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Grounding Converters (or Philosophy to the Rescue!)

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Happy Groundhog Day!

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It's Easy to Drive An EE to Drink – but What Drives One to Poetry?

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Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock

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Check the Bias Current (or How to Ensure that a Blessing is Heard)

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Caveat Emptor

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Isolating the Key Detail (or Lunching With a Mermaid and Pickled Herring)

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Slow "Starting" ADCs (or the Beneficial Effects of Spirits in Diagnosing Converter Problems)

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Radio Frequency Interference (or How to Get a Free Lunch at a Very Good Restaurant)

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