It's customary for many media sources, whether they provide news, features, or opinion, to list their "top stories" of the past year. Many of these lists are presented as objective, but are actually based largely on opinion, either because there is no way to measure the situation (how do you determine the "best" movie?) or the author wants to project a personal bias into the list, while masquerading it as reasoned and logical decision. (Perhaps you have noticed that my opinion of most mainstream, non-technical journalists and columnists is not very high--and yes, there are a few exceptions, of course).
But the Planet Analog site, like many other web sites, does have a valid and objective way to identify the top-rated stories. We can use the number of page views which each item received; it's that straightforward. Of course, page views alone do not directly indicate the best or most useful stories, but it's a very good analog for those attributes, pun fully intended.
Listed below are the Top 20+ design-oriented feature articles, as measured by page views, which appeared on Planet Analog. (The list does not include any news items or product stories, it is restricted to feature articles.) Note that we went beyond just the Top 10 or Top 20, since some of the articles were multipart stories, and each part is tabulated independently. Most of the articles first appeared on the Planet Analog site itself, while a few appeared first on other DesignLine sites in the EETimes/TechOnline world and were subsequently repurposed to the Planet Analog site.
So go ahead, enjoy, and see what caught the attention of thousands of other analog-interested designers around the world. Just click on any of the titles to go to the actual article.
I'd like to thank all the authors who made these stories possible, and provided solid information of lasting value to the design audience. I'd also like to give a big thanks to all of you readers, for coming to these articles and the Planet Analog site during 2007. We hope to see you again in 2008.
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Site Editor
1. Choosing and Using Bypass Capacitors (Part 1 of 3)
2. Choosing and Using Bypass Capacitors (Part 2 of 3)
3. Choosing and Using Bypass Capacitors (Part 3 of 3)
4. Second-order IIR Filters will support cascade implementations - 5 Part digital audio application tutorial
5. The art of capacitive touch sensing
6. Which version of USB is right for your application? (Part 1)
7. Understand and apply the transimpedance amplifier (Part 1 of 2)
8. Application basics when using wideband voltage and current feedback op amps
9. Building a reliable capacitive-sensor interface
10. Multiple A/Ds versus a single one: pushing high-speed A/D converter SNR
11. Mattel makes a real radar gun, on the cheap
12. Five basic mistakes to avoid when using instrumentation amplifiers
13. Know the sometimes-surprising interactions in modelling a capacitor-bypass network
14. Get grounded: protecting electrical devices from lightning transients (Part 2 of 2)
15. Understand and apply the transimpedance amplifier (Part 2 of 2)
16. Get grounded: protecting electrical devices from lightning transients (Part 1 of 2)
17. Using S-parameter data effectively
18. Designer's guide to rapid prototyping of capacitive sensors on any surface
19. Application basics when using wideband voltage and current feedback op amp
20. SIGNAL CHAIN BASICS: Operational Amplifier--The Basic Building Block
21. A primer on high-side FET load switches (Part 2 of 2)
22. Which USB is Right for Your Application? (Part 2)
23. Design considerations for three-phase power factor correction
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