Category Archives: IC’s

DC-DC converter with increased efficiency & reduced noise

The new Synchronous Buck-Boost DC/DC converter LTC3111 available from Linear Technology is very significant in many respects. The most important factor being that it is able to operate at 95% efficiency and that too at a very low noise level. It can give a power output of 1.5A when used from a very wide range of power sources. These include multiple or single cell batteries, wall adapter and super-capacitor stacks. This convertor accepts 2.5 to 15V as the input and outputs 5V with the regulated output Read more [...]

Demystifying the A/D and D/A Converters

Analog and Digital Signals Analog signals represent a physical parameter in the form of a continuous signal. In contrast, digital signals are discrete time signals formed by digital modulation. Most natural signals, like human voice and other sounds are analog in nature. Traditionally, communication systems were based on analog systems. As demand for systems capable of carrying more information over longer distances kept soaring, the drawbacks of analog communication systems became increasingly Read more [...]

Is it safe to buy gray market electronic components?

What Are Gray Market Electronic Components - And Are They Safe To Buy? Chances are the low-cost rechargeable batteries that you ordered over the net failed after one or two cycles of operation. A closer inspection would have revealed the batteries were already past their shelf life when you received them. Welcome to the world of gray market electronic components, which currently forms about 6 to 8% of the total electronic components market, and makes up as much as $60 billion dollars’ worth. Not Read more [...]

Microchips to be imbedded in pills?

Yes, it's true. Proteus Biomedical has announced that they will be launching a innovative product that imbeds microchips in pills so that patients can be monitored by their health care professionals and even their families. The purpose of the monitoring is to be sure that patients are taking their medications properly and on time and to also monitor a range of additional patient information including respiration rate, heart rate, temperature, sleep patterns and physical activity. It is estimated Read more [...]

Available Methods of Marking Semiconductors

Semiconductor Markings - Available Methods Traditionally, most components have two or three lines of identifying marks plus a company logo. Over time, the manufacturer codes have become more involved to incorporate a component's identification plus the complete history of the process. Early on, it was the military applications that required very specific markings and identification processes. Current package markings are a by-product of those military requirements. When a semiconductor is clearly Read more [...]

How Do You Store Your Electronic Components?

Storing and retrieving a large number of electronic components like capacitors, resistors, LEDs, transistors, diodes, ICs etc. can be a daunting task not only because they are tiny but also because extreme temperature and humidity can deteriorate their performance. They also need careful handling as they are fragile and the tips can break easily. In addition, electronic components need to be protected against static electricity. To keep static electricity from damaging your sensitive electronic Read more [...]

How to Read Capacitors

Capacitance Values - and How to Read Them Capacitors are used in a wide range of electronic components and circuits. They form an integral part of electronics. The capacitance of capacitors is measured in a unit known as Farads, represented by the letter ‘F’. A capacitor that has higher capacitance can be used for storing more charge as compared to one with a smaller capacitance value. One Farad is a very high value for capacitance and usually smaller units are used, namely pico Read more [...]

What is Transistor-Transistor-Logic – TTL?

TTL or Transistor-Transistor Logic is a type of digital circuit that is made from BJT or bipolar junction transistor along with resistors. Both the amplifying function and the logic gating function are carried out through transistors, thus the name transistor-transistor logic. TTL is used for many applications like industrial controls, computers consumer electronics, test equipment, synthesizers and more. The TTL designation is also used in some places to imply ‘compatible logic levels’ Read more [...]