Susan Hong

2022-08-29 - Brian Dipert

Disarming a carbon monoxide detector

A quick perusal of the instruction sheet educated me that the CO alarm was the “end of life signal” operating state, and it would need to be replaced. The word “teardown” near-immediately popped into my still-groggy brain.

2022-08-29 - Saumitra Jagdale

Prospects and challenges of SiC in the energy market

High efficiency and chemically inert nature cemented value of Silicon Carbide in power electronics sphere, leading to boom in its utilization.

2022-07-12 - Brian Dipert

Dissecting a deceased Insteon power line modem

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Time and time again, irreparable system damage has been the fundamental motivation for a teardown, and a (dramatically) defunct Insteon power line modem has this engineer doing post-mortem analysis once again.

2022-07-12 - Majeed Ahmad

The CHIPS Act stalemate threatens U.S. IC manufacturing revival

The $52 billion CHIPS Act is in the doldrums and the voices in the semiconductor industry are getting stronger and louder to get it...

2022-07-11 - Thorsten Platz, Hitachi ABB Power Grids 

Modern Distribution Grid Technologies

The electric power landscape is rapidly evolving. Whether the challenge is finding mutually beneficial means to integrate bulk renewables, local DERs, or microgrids, digital substations and other smart grid technologies such as RTU-based ATS systems can provide power operators the edge needed to thrive...

2022-07-11 - Peter Demchenko

Simple switchable filter

The potential to switch a filter on and off in real time may be very valuable...

2021-02-25 - Thomas Brand

Time of Flight System for Distance Measurement and Object Detection

Time of flight (ToF) is becoming increasingly important for distance measurement and object detection...

2021-02-09 - Mike Kultgen

Driving Beyond Cobalt for EV Battery Technology

Cobalt cathode cells provide longer-range performance and lower difficulty in charge measurement and management, when compared to other chemistries. However, the mining of cobalt has long been a hotly contested topic...

2021-02-04 - Bill Schweber

They still don’t get older fab process, analog versus digital difference

There’s a risk-and-benefit tradeoff in choosing new parts versus older ones, and this is especially the case in the world of analog versus digital...

2021-02-03 - Bill Schweber

What do absolute maximum ratings mean to you?

Absolute maximum ratings — AMR — brings significant issues, questions, and considerations especially for power devices...