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Wire Tapping with CELUS
posted on June 9, 2023
Join me as we tap – not secretly by any means – into the captivating conversations happening online. There have been several interesting discussions recently that deserve our attention, specifically two great posts on reference designs and datasheets.
The Pros and Cons of Reference Designs in Semiconductor Projects
Petr Dvořák shared his expertise on LinkedIn about the value of reference designs: "Reference designs provided by semiconductor manufacturers can be a valuable resource for hardware engineers, but it's essential to understand their benefits and potential pitfalls.“
At CELUS, we understand and acknowledge how hard and time consuming it is for component manufacturers to provide detailed information about a reference design without extending it to too many pages, which is then overwhelming for engineers. Striking the right balance is a challenge which FAEs are constantly trying to get through. Nevertheless, there will always be a level of rework which is necessary to integrate a reference design into a real product – re-dimensioning components, customizing functionality and adapting performance and cost.
At CELUS, we have developed the concept of the CUBO to specifically tackle the common challenges and shortcomings found in existing reference designs. Our aim is to address these pitfalls head-on and provide a comprehensive solution that surpasses the limitations of traditional approaches. The CUBO represents our innovative move into revolutionizing reference designs and paving the way for improved efficiency, effectiveness, and overall performance.
It allows component manufacturers to provide better design-in support, while saving engineering time at their customers' side - a win-win situation.
The Fine Art of Reading Datasheets
Peter Smith shared his vast experience on how to digest massive datasheets in seven points. Datasheets are rich sources of information about components but extracting the information out of it may sometimes be challenging. Usually, the information found by the engineer is then reintroduced in digital form into calculation sheets, simulation software or on a CAD tool library.
"This is a subject that is not properly covered in any technical course I am aware of; we are expected to just figure it out."
I think that with skilled labor shortages, simplifying the way this information is provided and processed can be really time-saving, freeing up the engineer’s time to focus on the creative things. Here, too, the CUBO is helping! Using proper digital documentation in the form of CUBOs is a great solution for more time-efficient design flows, also helping to prevent common value typos and inconsistencies.
About Wire Tapping with CELUS
There’s so much interesting conversation happening online that deserves our attention, so we came up with the idea for this new “wiretap” series. Though the term itself suggests spying, we aren't doing anything secretly. Instead, we want to comment and share some of the good stuff that’s been posted in the global electronics community recently for you to benefit from. Enjoy our web finds and chime in: Let's wiretap together and stay tuned for more from the CELUS team!