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re: What's up with Linear Technology?
sharps_eng   10/27/2011 7:22:03 AM
The challenge with Linear parts is finding a way to justify using a $3 regulator IC when a $1 part seems to be available elsewhere. Clearly, performance alone can sometimes be a decider, but a good design doesn't rely on having precise power supplies. Parts count is also a problem, Linear are very flexible but often need more support parts. That said, Linear are such nice people to deal with, I always go there first with a new design just in case their solution does turn out to be a winner!

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re: What's up with Linear Technology?
Patk0317   10/27/2011 7:14:25 AM
Wow! Another Jim Williams story buried in this article. Wonderful!

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re: What's up with Linear Technology?
seaEE   10/27/2011 4:22:45 AM
I guess with that prank the truism now has to be changed to "Even a clock that runs backwards is correct twice a day." ;)

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re: What's up with Linear Technology?
_hm   10/27/2011 2:53:45 AM
Wonderful article! We like to have more of this.

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