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Hungry for a Solution
Today’s story is about a new solution from Analog Device’s Circuits from the Lab® (CFTL) program. For over a dozen years, these lab-tested reference circuits have been used by designers and applications engineers to speed their time t...
8 Jul 2020
Accurately Measuring our Analog World
You have probably heard the expression “it’s a digital world.” The problem is the world is really filled with heat, light, sound, voltage, movement and thousands of other naturally occurring signals which are all analog. As shown in...
7 Jul 2020
How an Aha! Moment Made Temperature Measurement Easier
The frustration among members of Analog Devices’ temperature measurement team was palpable. Over the previous few years they had designed a series of temperature sensors with increasing accuracy – starting with models providing temperatur...
30 Jun 2020
A Smoke Sensor in a Bottle Cap?
It sounds like the setup to a joke. “What’s the difference between a hamburger and an armchair?” The consequences of the punchline are no joke. They could mean the difference between alerting you to a potential fire in the armchair ...
23 Jun 2020
Analog Innovation Is Transforming Global Markets from Industrial and Automotive to Digital Health
Over the past several weeks my colleagues have blogged about the insights they shared during the EMEA Press Day we held in Limerick, and I’d like to provide a recap of some of the key markets where ADI technology is making the future possible. ...
23 Jun 2020
Amplifying Performance & Versatility
Electronic amplifiers have been around for over 100 years, first as vacuum tubes then, starting in the 1940s, using transistors. In the 1960s researchers learned how to miniaturize and place dozens of transistors into packages no bigger than a nickel...
17 Jun 2020
Enabling a Safe Workplace Return after Lockdown
We’ve all done our part by abiding by local rules to help flatten the COVID-19 curve and stop the spread of disease. I’ve worked from home for what I thought would be weeks that then turned into months and I’ve been surprised how qu...
17 Jun 2020
Bringing Precision Environmental Monitoring Out of the Lab and into the Field
I recently had the opportunity to join my colleagues in presenting to a group of nearly 50 European technology reporters at the press day event ADI hosted in Limerick, and it was my pleasure to share some of the exciting things ADI’s instru...
16 Jun 2020
Keep Calm and Robot On
Recently, my colleague Bill (native Bostonian) was talking about all his interactions with robots and how ubiquitous they’ve become, especially in these days of social distancing. As he said: “Robots ah everywhe-ah!” (My lame attemp...
10 Jun 2020
How E-Mobility and Cabin Experience Are Reshaping the Automotive Industry
In my follow-on to Chris Jacobs’ excellent blog post coming out of the recent media day we held in Limerick, Ireland, I’d like to touch on a couple of trends I shared that are influencing the future of the automotive industry: e-mobility ...
9 Jun 2020
The Ideal Power Supply Monitor for Functional Safety
Sometimes I work as an independent internal assessor for functional safety but in a recent case I am working as a functional safety architect with a different group. In the architect role you get to decide on things like the necessary diagnostics to ...
9 Jun 2020
Who Do You Trust?
This is the story of an engineering breakthrough - a solution for our increasingly digital world - coming at just the right moment in time. The shift to digital monitoring and control has become so vital to manufacturing and processing that a new ter...
2 Jun 2020
Intelligent Sensor Fusion Lies at the Heart of Autonomous Vehicle Safety
In this third blog post following the press day ADI hosted in Limerick, Ireland, I’d like to provide my perspective on technology innovations I shared with the media that are defining the rapidly evolving autonomous transportation and automotiv...
2 Jun 2020
Let’s Begin...At the End
Like many of you in the tech industry, I am lucky to be able to work from home while the Covid-19 pandemic takes its course. To be effective and efficient, I adopted a disciplined schedule to manage internal meetings and discussions with customers. T...
27 May 2020
Digital Transformation: Friend or Foe?
In addressing the European technology media during our recent EMEA Press Day in Limerick, I discussed ADI’s efforts to advance factory automation and the trend we refer to as Industry 4.0. The term was actually coined in Germany in 2011 and has...
26 May 2020
Little Things Add Up
The story I’m going to tell today is about a very small part that plays a very big role in a large machine. This part is so small that almost a dozen could fit on a dime. The part provides the function of a DC/DC switching regulator. The large ...
19 May 2020
The Distinction Between Invention and Innovation
I recently had the pleasure of taking part in an event attended by nearly 50 members of the media from eight European countries at our Analog Devices campus in Limerick, Ireland. During this special event, our executives informed and updated the jour...
12 May 2020
I Bought a Robot
I have written a few blogs over the past year that have mentioned robots and now I have bought one. It's probably not the sort of robot you are thinking of either. After ten years my 24hp 450kg lawn tractor has been replaced by an equally expensi...
6 May 2020
Enabling Tomorrow’s Smart Factory
"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." — Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532) In o...
5 May 2020
A Fantastic Voyage
One of my favorite movies growing up was the science fiction film “Fantastic Voyage,” in which a submarine with a team of scientists are shrunk to molecular size and injected into a man in order to find and destroy a life-threatening brai...
21 Apr 2020
The “X” Factor
Tell Simon Cowell to call off his lawyers, we’re not talking about that X-factor. Today’s blog is about X the unknown.* Imagine trying to navigate a curving road hugging a mountainside at night without headlights or a full moon to light y...
15 Apr 2020
How Wide is Your Tolerance Zone?
Clean up on aisle three, clean up on aisle three. Turn the corner for aisle three and you are faced with a robot pacing (sort of) back and forth to prevent shoppers from stepping in or on the spilled item. As you approach the robot stops well before ...
14 Apr 2020
A2B: A Better Audio Design Experience
Joe Beauchemin, a 20 year ADI employee, presented an in depth look at ADI's A2B technology on Tuesday, March 12. ADI's A2B technology is a means of simplifying audio designs and solving challenges such as reducing the cost, complexity, and weig...
19 Mar 2020
Can Designers Really Ignore Part 1 of IEC 61508?
The IEC 61508 standard comes in 7 parts. There is a part 0 which is a technical report and hasn’t been updated since 2005. Parts 1, 2 and 3 contain normative requirements (i.e. things you must do to claim conformance), part 4 is normative but o...
10 Mar 2020
Getting Serious About Functional Safety & EMC
For the new year we need to get back to work and be serious again. What could be more serious than electromagnetic immunity. I spent nine years in our automotive group and several of those were spent fighting EMC issues with very little flexibility to add external protective components around our IC.
11 Feb 2020
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