Texas Instruments’s Tim Green will serve up an “Op Amp Stone Soup for Non-analog Designers that Need to Know Analog” at EE Live! this year, as part of the four-day event’s Embedded Systems Conference. There is still time to take advantage of Advance discounts and save $100 when you register to attend EE Live! 2014 and/or ESC.
EE Live! is the premier technical conference for electronic engineering professionals, hosting numerous educational sessions, boot camps, special events, and more. Along with ESC, the conference will run March 31 – April 3 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. You can preview the dozens of tutorials, postmortems, and other presentations planned for ESC — all split across ten distinct tracks — through this Schedule Builder.
Green is a Senior Analog Applications Engineer in Precision Analog Linear Applications at Texas Instruments Inc, Tucson Design Center. He has over 32 years experience in brushless motor control, aircraft jet engine control, missile systems, power op amps, data acquisition systems, CCD cameras, power automotive audio, and analog/mixed signal semiconductors. His analysis and research into op amp open loop output impedance (Zo) and op amp stability have earned him the nickname “Wizard of Zo,” among his colleagues.
On April 1 (10:45 – 11:45AM at SJCC 212B), Green will present “Op Amp Stone Soup for Non-analog Designers that Need to Know Analog” as part of ESC’s Hardware: Design, I/O, and Interfacing track. The familiar “Stone Soup” tale centers around a traveler claiming he can transform a pot of boiling water into a tasty soup by just dropping a stone into it — curious villagers each bring over an ingredient to make the recipe better, eventually turning the soup into a delicious meal.
Green’s Op Amp Stone Soup is a collection of many op amp circuits, from customers and colleagues, that do not work correctly! The dessert is that the answers on how to make them work correctly will also be presented. With the advent of the low-cost microcontroller and higher levels of integration (muxes and ADCs on board the microcontroller), the speculation was that op amp need would decrease, but the contrary has proven true. With low-cost computing power, more information from the real world is needed for sensing and control.
The real world is still analog, and op amps are needed to accurately get low level, real world signals into an ADC accurately! Most colleges are not even teaching how to use an op amp as a board/system level building block. Many of the designs today are single supply, and so Green’s presentation will concentrate mostly on single supply applications. You will want to attend this session and expedite your time to market when using op amps and avoid both the common, and subtle, mistakes made when designing with op amps.
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