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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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 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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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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Display Applications

Diodes Inc. Launches A Versatile Boost Controller for Display Applications

Diodes Incorporated has introduced a new LED/LCD boost controller that encompasses pulse width modulation (PWM) to analog dimming conversion, which enhances device displays. This controller, identified as AL3353, is available in the SO-8 (Type TH2) package and can be used for an LCD TVs, LCD monitors or flat panel displays. Here are key ways in which electronics diodes make electronic components more efficient.

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