Bill Schweber

Bill Schweber is an electronics engineer who has written three textbooks on electronic communications systems, as well as hundreds of technical articles, opinion columns, and product features. In past roles, he worked as a technical web-site manager for multiple topic-specific sites for EE Times, both as the Executive Editor and Analog Editor at EDN. At Analog Devices, Inc. (a leading vendor of analog and mixed-signal ICs), Bill was in marketing communications (public relations); as a result, he has been on both sides of the technical PR function, presenting company products, stories, and messages to the media and also as the recipient of these. Prior to the MarCom role at Analog, Bill was associate editor of their respected technical journal, and also worked in their product marketing and applications engineering groups. Before those roles, Bill was at Instron Corp., doing hands-on analog- and power-circuit design and systems integration for materials-testing machine controls. He has an MSEE (Univ. of Mass) and BSEE (Columbia Univ.), is a Registered Professional Engineer, and holds an Advanced Class amateur radio license. Bill has also planned, written, and presented on-line courses on a variety of engineering topics, including MOSFET basics, ADC selection, and driving LEDs.

  • The Buffer/Driver: What Is It, and Do I Need One?

    The Buffer/Driver: What Is It, and Do I Need One?

    Although buffers and drivers don’t appear to add functionality to a circuit, these apparently simple interface elements are essential to viable circuit design and operation.

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  • Obtaining Hands-Off, Long-Life Power: No Easy Options

    Obtaining Hands-Off, Long-Life Power: No Easy Options

    The design assignment is clear: build a small datalogger which will be inaccessible once in place, yet must operate for a minimum of 20 years.

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  • That Simple Current-Sense Resistor Isn’t Simple at All

    That Simple Current-Sense Resistor Isn’t Simple at All

    Sensing of current magnitude is critical in many applications and often done by measuring the voltage across a shunt resistor, but even this simple technique has subtleties and issues to resolve.

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