Understanding Capacitor Leakage to Make Smart Things Run Longer

Understanding Capacitor Leakage Current and How to Reduce It

Capacitors, which are components on a circuit board that store electrical energy in an electric field, are among the most common parts in electronic equipment. When energy leaks from these devices it is called “capacitor leakage.” Here’s a brief look at what happens with a leakage which threatens to shorten the device’s life span.

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Important Role Learning Rate Plays in Neural Network Training

The Important Role Learning Rate Plays in Neural Network Training

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is continuously expanding along with the proliferation of smart devices and deep learning, or what was originally called “neural networks.” Deep learning is a subset of machine learning technology with decision-making capabilities based on historical analysis. Here’s a look at how neural networks have evolved and the increasingly important role of learning rate.

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Memory Chips

SPI EERAM Memory Chips: Antidote to Power, Data Loss Developed by Microchip

As advanced as computer hardware has gotten, it can still be damaged or data loss can occur during a power outage or hardware failure. Data loss has become a major concern among all businesses, as every company must devise a reliable data backup plan in case their primary server goes down. A new solution that allows you to constantly write to a device is the SPI EERAM Memory Chip, as a reliable backup for RAM contents.

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Silicon Photomultiplier

Silicon Photomultiplier: Everything You Need to Know

Silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) technology improves timing and sensitivity of applications that involve photon detection. These sensors are useful for detecting light wavelengths in the near-ultraviolet to near-infrared range. As a solid-state device solution with no moving parts, SiPM is more efficient than heavier photomultiplier tubes when it comes to sensing, quantifying, and timing various levels of light.

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Transistor

Gaining Clarity on Terms Related to Gain of a Bipolar Junction Transistor

A bipolar junction transistor (BJT) is a semiconductor device that can be used as an electrical switch or a switch to amplify a signal. It’s important to measure its beta, which is the gain or amplification factor of a transistor. Beta reflects the proportionality between the base current and the collector current of a BJT set at the forward active mode. Here are some essential terms related to BJT betas and why they create confusion.

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Microcontrollers

The Brown Out Reset in Microcontrollers: Preventing False Power-Downs

Exploring the world of microcontrollers inevitably leads to learning about problems that affect circuits, such as a “False Power-Down.” This situation involves problems resulting from a combination of power level, external signals, multiple power supplies in a circuit and slow-discharging capacitors. Here’s a deeper look at how to avoid a False Power-Down.

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Decoupling Capacitors

Via Configurations Can Be Used to Connect Decoupling Capacitors

Due to the fact that input voltages in ICs can be unstable, decoupling capacitors are needed as solutions for keeping voltage stable when input voltage fluctuates. Also known as bypass capacitors, decoupling capacitors act as energy reserves to compensate for losses. These electronic components either provide needed energy or absorb excess energy. Using decoupling capacitors next to clocked digital ICs helps generate a smooth input voltage, drawing from large transient power supply currents.

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Virtual Memory

Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Memory

Computer memory has come a long way in a short time with improving speed and capacity. Computers used to be slow in comparison and it was cumbersome to run too many applications at once. Now, hundreds of different applications can run at the same time thanks to advances in memory technology. Here are reasons why companies are looking at virtual memory to significantly expand memory capacity.

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IC Design

A Brief Roundup of the IC Design Resources

Electronic design automation (EDA) software is now an industry standard for designing modern integrated circuits (ICs). EDA tools can be used for various types of design. Read on to learn how IC design resources work with electronic components and other technology.

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Microchip

Microchip Introduces Smart-Embedded Vision Initiative

Technology for low-power mobile communication systems with high-bandwidth capabilities continue to evolve with Microsemi PolarFire FPGAs. Microchip’s Smart Embedded Vision Initiative lays out an enhanced ecosystem for applications that utilize vision processing for automotive, aerospace, broadcasting, industrial, cellular infrastructure and medical companies.

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LEDs

Diodes Inc. Introduces a New IC for LEDs in Automotive Applications

The automotive industry has a new, more efficient LED driver-controller to enhance light dimming while driving a higher current. Issued by Diodes Inc., the new IC works well with interior lights, license plate, and tail lights. It’s also useful for illuminating instrumentation and position lights. The following paragraphs provide more details about the features and automotive applications for the new Diodes driver-controller.

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