Analog Discovery USB isolation

Intro Back when I was deverloping the PSU burner, I wanted to have the Analog Discovery isolated from the common ground, to avoid noise and other issues. Since I did not have a way to do this, I ended up using a laptop on battery for measurements. But for long term, I needed to have this isolation. Unfortunately, things that can isolate USB at 480Mbps or faster are too expensive to justify. The solution The ...

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An isolated analog input for Arduino

This blog is dedicated to electronic projects and software due to the author’s enthusiasm for these activities. The main aim is to share to other enthusiasts the experience in electronic design of the author who disclaims all responsibility. All presented projects are realized and fully tested by the author who intends to preserve the intellectual property of the projects or information, whose utilization i ...

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Limiting Inrush Current

Inrush current or input surge current refers to the maximum, instantaneous input current drawn by an electrical device during its initial turn on. Power converters also feature high inrush currents relative to their steady state currents that may be several times their normal full-load current when first energized. The inrush current of a power converter is typically the charging current of the input capaci ...

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DIY SWR and Power Meter

Homebrew SWR and power meter First of all, this SWR meter in this article is not exactly homebrew, as I based the circuit on the schematic in the excellent book Arduino Projects of Amateur Radio. Although I bought the book and respect the copyright of the authors I will share my own schematic here. Why? First, the design in the book is not completely original and is based on similar designs from others. One ...

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Introduction to OPAMPs and Applications

Operational amplifiers (OPAMPs) are high performance differential amplifiers in integrated form that can be used in many different ways. A typical OPAMP has a non-inverting input, an inverting input, two dc power pins, one output pin and a few other fine-tuning pins. On the following image you can see a typical diagram of an operational amplifier. The basic OPAMP operation is simple. If the voltage applied ...

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The Advantages (and Drawbacks) of DC-to-DC Voltage Converters with Integrated Inductors

Such is the popularity of DC-to-DC voltage converters (“switching regulators”)––due to their high efficiency across wide input- and output-voltage ranges––that chip makers have focused a lot of research dollars on squeezing the essential components of the devices into modules. These modules typically include pulse-width-modulation (PWM) controllers and switching elements in a single, compact package, easing ...

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