Fundamentals

Resource articles covering basic electrical and compliance engineering concepts, theory and application, historical references, and general information.

Capacitors: Theory and Application

This article presents the fundamentals and application of capacitors. What is a capacitor, and how do we select them? Techniques of selecting capacitors and things to consider when using capacitors are highlighted. Both practical examples and simulation are used to demonstrate the key points.

Ohm’s Law Also Applies to ESD‑Induced Heat Pulses

Heat flow analysis for semiconductor ESD situations can be approximated to one dimension, and then captured with a generalized Ohm’s Law using a complex impedance. Methods can include time-dependent electrothermal pulses and feedback due to self-heating, with solutions readily carried out on any desktop computer.

RF Tech Tip: BNC Versus Threaded Connectors

The shielding performance of bayonet vs. threaded connectors is measured and some possibly surprising conclusions are drawn. Bayonet connectors – more useful than you might think.

Troubleshooting EMC Problems Like an MD

This article describes three troubleshooting methodologies doctors use to diagnose (troubleshoot) medical problems. These same techniques have proven useful in my own EMC consulting practice.

Continuing Your Professional Education in 2021

Traditionally, the start of a new year is a time when we reflect on the progress we’ve made during the year passed and set our goals for the new year. We’ve queried training resources in our industry to provide you with an overview of free or affordable solutions to meet your training goals in 2021.

There’s an “R” in “Varistor”

This article analyzes the V-I characteristic of a varistor and shows it is more appropriate to treat the varistor as a current dependent resistance rather than the conventionally taught voltage dependent resistance. Spice circuit examples are given, based on a current dependent resistance varistor model.
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