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Keep Calm and Robot On
Recently, my colleague Bill (native Bostonian) was talking about all his interactions with robots and how ubiquitous they’ve become, especially in these days of social distancing. As he said: “Robots ah everywhe-ah!” (My lame attemp...
10 Jun 2020
How E-Mobility and Cabin Experience Are Reshaping the Automotive Industry
In my follow-on to Chris Jacobs’ excellent blog post coming out of the recent media day we held in Limerick, Ireland, I’d like to touch on a couple of trends I shared that are influencing the future of the automotive industry: e-mobility ...
9 Jun 2020
The Ideal Power Supply Monitor for Functional Safety
Sometimes I work as an independent internal assessor for functional safety but in a recent case I am working as a functional safety architect with a different group. In the architect role you get to decide on things like the necessary diagnostics to ...
9 Jun 2020
Who Do You Trust?
This is the story of an engineering breakthrough - a solution for our increasingly digital world - coming at just the right moment in time. The shift to digital monitoring and control has become so vital to manufacturing and processing that a new ter...
2 Jun 2020
Intelligent Sensor Fusion Lies at the Heart of Autonomous Vehicle Safety
In this third blog post following the press day ADI hosted in Limerick, Ireland, I’d like to provide my perspective on technology innovations I shared with the media that are defining the rapidly evolving autonomous transportation and automotiv...
2 Jun 2020
Let’s Begin...At the End
Like many of you in the tech industry, I am lucky to be able to work from home while the Covid-19 pandemic takes its course. To be effective and efficient, I adopted a disciplined schedule to manage internal meetings and discussions with customers. T...
27 May 2020
Digital Transformation: Friend or Foe?
In addressing the European technology media during our recent EMEA Press Day in Limerick, I discussed ADI’s efforts to advance factory automation and the trend we refer to as Industry 4.0. The term was actually coined in Germany in 2011 and has...
26 May 2020
Little Things Add Up
The story I’m going to tell today is about a very small part that plays a very big role in a large machine. This part is so small that almost a dozen could fit on a dime. The part provides the function of a DC/DC switching regulator. The large ...
19 May 2020
The Distinction Between Invention and Innovation
I recently had the pleasure of taking part in an event attended by nearly 50 members of the media from eight European countries at our Analog Devices campus in Limerick, Ireland. During this special event, our executives informed and updated the jour...
12 May 2020
I Bought a Robot
I have written a few blogs over the past year that have mentioned robots and now I have bought one. It's probably not the sort of robot you are thinking of either. After ten years my 24hp 450kg lawn tractor has been replaced by an equally expensi...
6 May 2020
Enabling Tomorrow’s Smart Factory
"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." — Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532) In o...
5 May 2020
A Fantastic Voyage
One of my favorite movies growing up was the science fiction film “Fantastic Voyage,” in which a submarine with a team of scientists are shrunk to molecular size and injected into a man in order to find and destroy a life-threatening brai...
21 Apr 2020
The “X” Factor
Tell Simon Cowell to call off his lawyers, we’re not talking about that X-factor. Today’s blog is about X the unknown.* Imagine trying to navigate a curving road hugging a mountainside at night without headlights or a full moon to light y...
15 Apr 2020
How Wide is Your Tolerance Zone?
Clean up on aisle three, clean up on aisle three. Turn the corner for aisle three and you are faced with a robot pacing (sort of) back and forth to prevent shoppers from stepping in or on the spilled item. As you approach the robot stops well before ...
14 Apr 2020
A2B: A Better Audio Design Experience
Joe Beauchemin, a 20 year ADI employee, presented an in depth look at ADI's A2B technology on Tuesday, March 12. ADI's A2B technology is a means of simplifying audio designs and solving challenges such as reducing the cost, complexity, and weig...
19 Mar 2020
Can Designers Really Ignore Part 1 of IEC 61508?
The IEC 61508 standard comes in 7 parts. There is a part 0 which is a technical report and hasn’t been updated since 2005. Parts 1, 2 and 3 contain normative requirements (i.e. things you must do to claim conformance), part 4 is normative but o...
10 Mar 2020
Getting Serious About Functional Safety & EMC
For the new year we need to get back to work and be serious again. What could be more serious than electromagnetic immunity. I spent nine years in our automotive group and several of those were spent fighting EMC issues with very little flexibility to add external protective components around our IC.
11 Feb 2020
Getting from A to B
In a previous blog we learned about the concept of
. We saw how the challenge of reading different types of signals on a factory floor drove ADI engineers who, working hand-in-hand with a leading manufacturer, designed a solution which save...
22 Jan 2020
Innovation Coast to Coast: Analog Garage East and West
Boston vs. Santa Clara. Red Sox vs. Giants. Fisherman’s Wharf vs. the Seaport. The comparisons are endless between these two hubs of technology innovation. But one thing the two coasts have in common is being home to an Analog Garage, the in-ho...
21 Jan 2020
Getting to the HART of the matter
Unless you were with Bart Simpson when his class took its
field trip to the Springfield Box Factory
, who among us has ever thought about the construction of the ubiquitous cardboard box? Our story begins in a lab. About ten years ago ADI began a pro...
7 Jan 2020
Functional Safety and Marathon Running
How do you know someone is a runner? Don’t worry they will tell you. I will close out the blogging year on a lighter note than normal linking the topics of functional safety and marathon running and offering proof of my opening line. Lege...
18 Dec 2019
Anti-Noise (How to Make Commuting Tolerable)
Anyone who commutes by car will tell you the same thing: traffic is getting worse out there. And while some companies are open to telecommuting for certain jobs, many still prefer their employees to make it into the office. So most of us end up spend...
17 Dec 2019
A Game of Inches
A few weeks ago I wrote a
Behind the Tilted Triangle
,” which introduced a new JFET amplifier by way of a brief history of all amplifiers, from tubes to semiconductors. Today I’m going to talk about another new, bu...
10 Dec 2019
It Pays to be Disruptive
Not the advice one expects from a parent or advice we would give to our children, is it? Yet for many engineers at ADI, disruptive behavior is something of a mantra, one which has resulted in a number of breakthroughs in our fifty-five year history. ...
26 Nov 2019
What are the New Rules for Software Offline Tools?
In a previous blog, see
, I discussed the existing rules from IEC 61508:2010 for software tools used to develop a safety system. In this post I will discuss the proposed rules for IEC 61508 revision 3. These rules could change depending on the co...
19 Nov 2019
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