Basic Analog for Digital Designers

“There is a long gap between engineering college and mid career in a non-engineering position, but technology marches on so a simple method of keeping abreast with the latest developments is required. This application note starts with an overview of the basic laws of physics, progresses through circuits 1 and 2, and explains op amp operation through the use of feedback principles.”

Basic Analog for Digital Designers – Application Note

Basic Analog for Digital Designers

AN9510.2 October 19, 2004 – This is an Analog Reference for the Embedded Engineer. An Application Note from Intersil Tech Reference.

  1. Basic Physics Laws, Circuit Theorems and Analysis
  2. Ohm’s and Kirchoff’s Laws
  3. Voltage and Current Dividers
  4. Thevenin’s and Norton’s Theorems
  5. Networks in the Feedback Path
  6. Types of Opamp Configurations
  7. Video Amplifiers

Conclusion

Some algebra, the basic laws of physics, and the basic circuit laws are adequate to gain an understanding of op amp circuits. By applying these tools to various circuit configurations it is possible to predict performance. Further in-depth knowledge is required to do op amp design, and there are many sources where this knowledge can be obtained. Don’t hesitate to try some of these tricks on your local circuit design engineer, but be aware that it may result in a long lecture about circuit design.

Visual Embedded RAD

Just like an electronic circuit is a graphical representation of what will be on the PCB. Firmware development should be a 2D graphical diagram of what goes into eeprom.

An example is the Ladder Logic software that can program 80C51 types in a Fanuc, Allen Bradley or Siemens PLCs. Then many people can do at least restricted firmware programming for some embedded solutions.

Build a DMM or digital multi meter

Visual Embedded RAD. This is more like code snippets inserted in code in the background when user drags and drops a Hardware Function or Program Method. The Environment is Visual, but Code is compact as same modules or blocks used. There is no C or Intermediate Language. Visual to Binary Hex Direct.

(Idea – Mar-04, Revised again – 4 April 2008, Nature – Open Source Anantha Narayan )

The Motor Bicycle

At late 40s I am into riding Geared Cycles. A Cycle Guru says it is the ‘Cadence’ in pedaling speed. What I need is a ‘Mentor’ for the Methodology behind Optimum Gear usage.

Mixed Circuits Analog with Digital

But some people are developing what will become well known as The Motor Bicycle, funny names.

Updated Nov 2015

Constant LED Brightness and LDS8711

The LDS8711 is a fixed frequency current mode boost converter with internal rectifier and cycle-by- cycle switch current limit specifically designed to drive a string of up to 10 White LEDs.

Constant LED Brightness and LDS8711

Aa Switching Converter Chip with hardly any external components driving a HB LED chain. HB – High Brightness LED. This IC is from IXYS Power Devices.

High efficiency boost converter with the input voltage range from 2.7 to 5.5 V . Drives one LED string with 10 LEDs in series up to 32 mA.

  • 250 mV current sense voltage
  • No external Schottky Required
  • 0.7 MHz Switching Frequency
  • Efficiency greater than 83%
  • PWM LED Brightness Control
  • Low Shutdown Current (<1µA)

LED Current Setting – The maximum current value in the LED string may be factory preset in the range from 10 to 30mAin 0.125mA steps, or set by Smart OneWire interface in the range from 0.125to 32 mA.The average LED string current that determines LED brightness may be controlled applying PWM signal to the EN/PWM pin.