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  • Quick Tutorial: How to Identify Obsolete Parts and Find Viable Alternatives within your Design

    Quick Tutorial: How to Identify Obsolete Parts and Find Viable Alternatives within your Design

    Component availability and lifecycle aren’t static. With supply chain issues on the rise this can create many issues during the design process, regardless of the length of your design cycle....

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  • Use the Switching Capacity in Electrical Circuits for Current Protection

    Use the Switching Capacity in Electrical Circuits for Current Protection

    The switching capacity in electrical circuits defines the current limits required to switch off a system that experiences a ground fault.

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  • The Emissivity and Temperature Relationship in Radiation Heat Loss in ICs

    The Emissivity and Temperature Relationship in Radiation Heat Loss in ICs

    Wondering what the emissivity and temperature relationship is? Learn about this relationship and how it impacts radiation heat loss in ICs.

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  •  Probe, Loop, and Aperture Coupling in Waveguides

    Probe, Loop, and Aperture Coupling in Waveguides

    Learn about three common coupling methods: probe, loop, and aperture coupling in waveguides.

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  • Advantages of 3D Integrated Circuits and Heterogeneous Integration

    Advantages of 3D Integrated Circuits and Heterogeneous Integration

    Learn about the advantages of 3D integrated circuits and how heterogeneous integration takes these systems into new areas.

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  • EMC Design Guidelines for Switched-Mode Power Supplies

    EMC Design Guidelines for Switched-Mode Power Supplies

    Adhering to EMC design guidelines during the initial design phase of a switched-mode power supply can help mitigate issues caused by electromagnetic interference.

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  • EMI Shielding in PCBs

    EMI Shielding in PCBs

    EMI shielding in PCBs is a method to improve the electromagnetic compatibility of circuit boards.

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  • How to Derive the Scattering Matrix of a Directional Coupler

    How to Derive the Scattering Matrix of a Directional Coupler

    The scattering matrix of a directional coupler represents the characteristics of the coupler, even if there is no information about its internal structure available.

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  • PCB Thermal Relief Guidelines for Effective Layouts

    PCB Thermal Relief Guidelines for Effective Layouts

    The best PCB thermal relief guidelines should be used to create dependable connections both electrically and for manufacturability.

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  • Ultra-Wideband Antenna Applications in Communication Systems

    Ultra-Wideband Antenna Applications in Communication Systems

    Ultra-wideband antenna applications range widely due to their many advantages, including high data rates, low power consumption, and low cost.

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  • PSpice Walk-through 8: Save as and Archive

    PSpice Walk-through 8: Save as and Archive

    This tutorial demonstrates the “Save As” and “Archive” features in version 17.4 (2021).

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  • PSpice Walk-through 7: Generating a Smart PDF

    PSpice Walk-through 7: Generating a Smart PDF

    This tutorial demonstrates how to create a Smart PDF of your schematic design in version 17.4 (2021) that you can view from a PDF reader. The Smart PDF includes a hierarchy that you can navigate...

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  • PSpice Walk-through 6: Non-Ideal Components

    PSpice Walk-through 6: Non-Ideal Components

    This tutorial demonstrates use of the Modeling Application in version 17.4 (2021).

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  • PSpice Walk-through 5: Additional Simulations

    PSpice Walk-through 5: Additional Simulations

    This tutorial demonstrates how to setup additional PSpice simulations in version 17.4 (2021).

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  • PSpice Walk-through 4: Probes and Simulations

    PSpice Walk-through 4: Probes and Simulations

    This tutorial demonstrates how to setup a PSpice simulation in version 17.4 (2021).

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  • PSpice Walk-through 3: Wiring and Net Aliases

    PSpice Walk-through 3: Wiring and Net Aliases

    This tutorial demonstrates how to connect and wire PSpice parts in version 17.4 (2021).

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  • PSpice Walk-through 2: Placing Parts

    PSpice Walk-through 2: Placing Parts

    This tutorial demonstrates how to place PSpice parts into a Capture schematic in version 17.4 (2021).

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  • Using Switching Activity to Measure Power Consumption of a Device

    Using Switching Activity to Measure Power Consumption of a Device

    Switching activity in ICs determines dynamic power consumption. You can use switching activity to measure power consumption of a device with high accuracy.

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  • The Normalized Effective Transient Thermal Impedance in Semiconductor Devices

    The Normalized Effective Transient Thermal Impedance in Semiconductor Devices

    The normalized effective transient thermal impedance helps designers analyze the junction temperature of a semiconductor device during pulsed current operation.

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  • PSpice Walk-through 1: Introduction

    PSpice Walk-through 1: Introduction

    This tutorial introduces OrCAD PSpice Designer version 17.4 (2021). OrCAD PSpice Designer allows you to perform accurate advanced mixed signal simulation with direct integration to OrCAD Capture,...

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