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Vaughn D. Martin

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Properly Selecting Electronic Components: Part 3
September 2009
This time, investigate basic solid-state theory, diodes, rectifiers, transistor amplifiersm, and charaterize them.

Properly Selecting Electronic Components: Part 2
August 2009
This month's tutorial covers capacitors and inductors.

Properly Selecting Electronic Components
July 2009
If you want your circuits to work right, you gotta have the right components for the job. This tutorial will help you make sure you know what you're doing.

How To: A Wire Wrapping Primer
June 2009
Wire wrapping is a technique for constructing single or small numbers of simple to moderately complex electronic assemblies.

Charles Steinmetz, The Father of Electrical Engineering
April 2009
Historians often miss inventor’s most important inventions — and even miss great inventors altogether! This was never truer than with Charles Steinmetz.

Constant Current Sources - Part 1
April 2006
This two-part, very applications- oriented article first defines a constant current source, and then shows what it can do for you.

Constant Current Sources - Part 2
May 2006
Part 1 explained what a constant current source (CCS) is and examined applications in four-point measurements, resistance testing, electrical-contact testing, and temperature measurement using the DR (change in resistance) method. Now we’ll conclude with semiconductor, electrical component, and finally electrochemical applications....

The Triode is 100 Years Old This Year
November 2006
This year (2006) marks the 100th anniversary of Lee de Forest's Audion or first vacuum tube triode. This vast improvement upon John Ambrose Fleming's valve changed the world like few other events since.

The Mysterious Magic Box - Part 1
April 2007
This unique DIY construction project blends electronics technology with carefully planned hand craftsmanship. It is where the old world meets the new. Its delightful innovative twists will surely amuse you...

The Mysterious Magic Box - Part 2
May 2007
This unique DIY construction project blends electronics technology with subtle magic and hand craftsmanship. This concluding part examines the theory of operation, installation and assembly, testing, and verification that the design works properly...

A Logic Analyzer Tutorial - Part 1
September 2007
A logic analyzer — like so many electronic test and measurement tools — provides a solution to a particular class of problems. These include digital hardware debugging, design verification, and embedded software debugging...

A Logic Analyzer Tutorial - Part 2
October 2007
Part 1 gave you an overview of logic analyzer basics. Now, let's concentrate on actually using this instrument. We'll examine some of its limitations and its numerous, powerful features that make it so useful in the lab.

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