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Content posted in June 2010
Don't diss the LDO
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6/24/2010   6 comments
The low dropout regulator is a valuable tool in the power-supply roster; don’t assume its "drawbacks" should automatically rule it out of your design.
Wake up and smell the numbers
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6/18/2010   2 comments
When you are talking about energy and alternatives, it's important to start with solid numbers first and then work down from there
Goodbye, incandescent bulb--or maybe not?
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6/11/2010   14 comments
Before we rush to get rid of incandescent bulbs, we should honestly acknowledge their virtues, as well as the shortcomings of electronic alternatives
RF-based energy harvesting is "back to the future" again, but with a twist
Power DesignLine Blog  
6/9/2010   3 comments
"Free" energy, captured from the RF around us, is a new idea and also an old one but there is a mirror-image aspect to it, as well
My "fans" want to know: what's the thermal impedance of dust?
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6/4/2010   4 comments
A layer of dust on heat-sink fins causes all sorts of headaches and noise


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