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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Berkeley Design Automation - Analog and RF SPICE

"Berkeley Design Automation (BDA) is the electronic design automation (EDA) industry leader in next-generation analog, RF, and mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) verification."

Berkeley Design Automation - Analog and RF SPICE (wayback)

Berkeley Design Automation - Analog and RF SPICE

(Update - BDA now part of Mentor Graphics)

Analog FastSPICE is based on Precision Circuit Analysis technology. This technology is a proprietary combination of innovative applied mathematics and optimized numerical analysis.

Analog FastSPICE AFS  Mentor Graphics

The Analog FastSPICE (AFS) Platform is the world’s fastest nanometer circuit verification platform for analog, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits.

For silicon-accurate characterization it includes the industry's only comprehensive full-spectrum device noise analysis and a high-productivity Analog Characterization Environment.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

LM723 Power Electronics Workhorse

This is another versatile and flexible chip. I could design current sources, voltage to current transmitters, level translation and many more. You can think of applications beyond the Power Electronics Scope with this.

LM723 Power Electronics Workhorse

"The circuit provides internal current limiting. When the output current exceeds 150mA an external NPN or PNP pass element may be used. Provisions are made for adjustable current limiting and remote shutdown."

LM723 Power Electronics Workhorse

The LM723/LM723C is also useful in a wide range of other applications such as a shunt regulator, a current regulator or a temperature controller

Some Specs -

Input voltage up to 40V, Output voltage adjustable from 2 to 37V, Output current to 150mA without external pass transistor and Adjustable current limiting.

Reliability of Electronic Products

I have been in Product Design, Manufacturing and Marketing of Electronic Products/components. I have also been, like many of you, a customer.

It is very important that the customer gets a Reliable, Sturdy, Usable and Dependable product. This is what makes the Good Brands which in turn add to the Company Reputation and value.

Bathtub Curve - Wikipedia

The most important is the "Direct Customer Support" when a product fails or user finds it difficult to operate.  This include Prompt Product Service and Repairs. Any laxity or high-handedness or a Ping-Pong Customer Support can cause acute Brand Blindness that could even become Hereditary. Your brand can be shunned by a Family for generations and they also propagate negative marketing.

Reliability of Electronic Products

Your Product and Your Customer are like Family. Protect it and Nourish it for your own good.

- delabs 2015

The bathtub curve is widely used in reliability engineering. It describes a particular form of the hazard function which comprises three parts:
  • The first part is a decreasing failure rate, known as early failures.
  • The second part is a constant failure rate, known as random failures.
  • The third part is an increasing failure rate, known as wear-out failures.
  • The name is derived from the cross-sectional shape of a bathtub. 
ideas from Y2K refined in 2015

ideas of delabs - id1009