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Single-chip Solutions Make Adding Battery Management Simpler

A range of battery protection devices provides an easy and affordable way for OEMs to improve product safety and integrity.

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USB Type-C: Everything you need to know about delivering high-speed serial connectivity in your devices

As well as being faster and able to deliver more power than its predecessors, USB Type‐C® makes some outwardly noticeable changes to this ubiquitous connectivity standard. For one, there’s a new reversible connector, which isn’t keyed so can be plugged into a port either way up. Secondly, USB Type‐C will see the same connectors used on both ends of the cable.

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Selecting the Right MOSFETs for Motor Drive Applications

Automotive OEMs are migrating to BLDCs in order to maximize efficiency and reliability. This article looks at the important parameters engineers should consider during the design process, in order to meet these objectives.

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Protecting Vehicle Electronics from Reverse-Battery Connection

During the life of the vehicle, its battery may need to be disconnected for maintenance work or to replace it if it has developed a fault. During reconnection it is possible to reverse the polarity of the battery connection, which can result in potential short-circuits and other problems with loads connected to the battery.

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Three Reasons Your Design Needs I²C I/O Expanders

The 2-wire I²C bus is an incredibly useful way to add all kinds of low-speed I/O besides I²C while simplifying designs and trace routing.

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Understanding Semiconductor Thermal Resistance Data

Semiconductor devices are not perfect - all diodes and transistors are characterized by power losses due to switching and conduction. Switching losses occur during the interval between the on- and off-states of a junction, when there is both a voltage across the device terminals and a current flowing through it.

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3 Ways Linear Redrivers Differ from ReDrivers

Designers know that redrivers are an essential part of solving signal integrity challenges in gigabit systems. But at speeds up to 8 GT/s in PCI Express 3.0 systems, linear  redrivers are needed to also comply with PCI-SIG specs and with chipset vendors’ datasheets.

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Smart Appliances Need Simple and Elegant Sensors, Controllers and Timers

Everything is “smart” lately. But the brain added to your toaster needs some basic—yet elegant—peripheral controllers and sensors to be truly useful.

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PCI Express Passes Other Standards Found in Automobile Entertainment Systems

Move over CANbus, PCI Express is the latest communications technology found in automotive infotainment.

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Linear Redrivers Make Visible Difference in DisplayPort Connections

Capable of 10 Gbps speeds and beyond, DisplayPort requires linear redrivers to achieve proper signal integrity with link training.

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