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Texas Instruments Presents Analog eLab Webcast Series

Free Sessions Focus on Single-Supply Op Amps, Portable System Power Implementation and Amp to ADC Interface Performance

Aug 25, 2004

DALLAS (August 26, 2004) - Analog design engineers are invited to log on at 11:00 a.m. CDT (18.00 hrs CET) on Wednesday, September 8, 2004, for the first of three, live Analog eLabs presented by Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN). The free Analog eLab series, hosted by TI analog expert Bill Klein, P.E., will provide designers with an online lab environment. Engineers can register at www.ti.com/analogelab.
Co-sponsored by Memec Insight, the first hour-long session, "Avoiding the Pitfalls with Single-Supply Op Amps" will feature a discussion on theory and demonstrations at the lab bench. Engineers will gain expertise on designing with single-supply op amps, finding the rough spots and working around them. Bill Klein and his guest Gina Hann will highlight how signals with a common-mode voltage can exceed one or both of the supply rails without sacrificing performance.
The session II Webcast, "A Designer's Guide to Portable System Power Implementation" is co-sponsored by Arrow and will be broadcast at 11:00 a.m. CDT (18.00 hrs CET) on Wednesday, October 13, 2004. Klein and battery management expert Dave Freeman have prepared useful tools for multi-chemistry battery designs to assist engineers with system challenges like the need for long standby and run times. Engineers will learn how to respond to dramatic changes in system load while considering cost and size restrictions. In addition, several power strategies for improving battery runtime in a wireless system will be highlighted. Klein and Freeman will provide a detailed analysis and lab bench demonstrations to show the impact of circuit and layout design on efficiency, output ripple and load regulation.
Session III, "Quantifying Amp to ADC Interface Performance" is co-sponsored by Avnet and focuses on new techniques not only in quantifying, but also measuring performance. The live Webcast will be shown on Wednesday, November 10, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. CST (18.00 hrs CET) and will offer insight into how three performance parameters - amplifier settling time, amplifier transient response to the ADC sample switch and flywheel tuning for the minimum THD - can be quantized with new test circuits. Miroslav Oljaca will join Klein and perform lab bench demonstrations that produce very high resolution plots and provide a clear understanding of these new techniques and considerable insight to the system operation.

Analog eLab Series Host and Guests

Bill Klein, P.E., serves as host for Texas Instruments´ Analog eLab Webcast. Klein is a senior applications engineer with the high performance linear division of TI. He joined TI through its acquisition of Burr-Brown in August 2000. Author of over 50 magazine articles, application notes and conference papers, Klein also has a monthly column, "A Call I took Last Week" on Planet Analog. His experience as an analog circuit designer covers 30 years in fields ranging from mineral exploration to medical nuclear imaging.

Gina Hann is a product marketing engineer for the high performance linear division at TI and holds a BSEE from The University of Arizona. Hann will showcase her analog expertise in Session I.

Dave Freeman is the applications manager of power management products for TI and a distinguished member of technical staff. Freeman holds seven patents and has extensive experience in battery management electronics. His popular column, "Dave's Two Cents" appears monthly in Portable Design magazine.

Miroslav Oljaca, MSEE, is a motor control strategic marketing manager with TI's data acquisition product division. His areas of expertise include motor control and power conversion and design experience ranging from the several watt to megawatts products.

In addition to the Analog eLabs, TI offers analog engineers a wide-ranging support infrastructure that includes training and seminars, design tools and utilities, technical documentation, evaluation modules, an online knowledge base, a product information hotline and a comprehensive offering of samples that ship within 24 hours of request. TI keeps the engineer in mind throughout the design process by providing tools, systems expertise and technical support to help customers get to market quickly. For more information on TI´s complete analog design support see