Across many optical communication systems, signals are prone to disruption, compromising the data received. In these systems, data is transmitted in the form of light through a fiber cable, and when the signal travels, it is often distorted. As such, an optical amplifier should be used to boost the electrical signal without altering its form. While electronic amplifiers may be used for a similar purpose, optical amplifiers are less time consuming and do not require signal conversion. For all of your optical fiber communication applications, consider integrating one of the following optical amplifiers for a distortionless data signal.


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Whether from internal causes like switching surges, or natural causes such as lightning strikes, overvoltage can seriously damage a circuit. To account for this risk, many electrical components have been created to manage or suppress the flow of current in the event of a power surge. A varistor, also called “Voltage- Dependent Resistor” (VDR), is one such device which has an electrical resistance that varies with applied voltage. Due to their ability to adapt to the voltage of a current, varistors are mainly used to clamp the voltage when a circuit is subjected to overvoltage and to absorb excess current to protect sensitive devices. The material of the resistor body is a semiconductor, meaning it will go from being an insulator to a conductor when subjected to a specific voltage.


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A thermistor is a type of resistance thermometer or resistor that has functions which depend on temperature. It is a temperature-sensing element made up of a sintered semiconductor material. A thermistor is also a powerful tool that exhibits a huge change in resistance which is proportional to a small temperature change. Thermistors are of two types - positive temperature coefficient (PTC) and negative temperature coefficient (NTC) viations. In this blog, we will talk about positive temperature coefficient (PTC) thermistors in particular.


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Operational amplifiers are a form of integrated circuit capable of amplifying weak electric signals, boasting an output that is upwards of 100,000 times the potential difference of the input terminals. They were first developed in 1968 by Fairchild, such products featuring high reliability, low cost, low power consumption, and compact packaging. This eventually led to the release of the Texas Instrument LF353N, that of which is a type of dual JFET op-amp with high input impedance and JFET connected inputs. In this blog, we will discuss the LF353N op-amp in more detail, allowing you to better understand its operations and applications.


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Field effect transistors, or FETs, are a commonplace electronic component found in many circuit assemblies. Coming in the form of assembled discrete electronic components, FETs are capable of managing the flow of current through the voltage that is induced at the gate terminal. While FETs are often found in numerous power control, electronic switching, and amplification applications, their primary use is within integrated circuits where they enable large scale assemblies to operate with ease. In this blog, we will discuss FETs in more detail, allowing you to have a better understanding of their common functionalities and types.


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Whether an electronic circuit is used to power a simple calculator or advanced server systems, many of the same basic building block components are used to construct such assemblies. Across all circuits, the resistor, capacitor, and inductor are the most widely used components, each of which serve varying roles. While resistors manage and control the flow of current, capacitors are capable of storing electrical energy within an electric field as a passive component. Inductors, on the other hand, are quite similar to capacitors, albeit storing energy within a magnetic field. In this blog, we will discuss inductors in more detail, allowing you to better understand their design and use within electronic circuitry.


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In digital electronic projects, encoders and decoders play a particularly important role, allowing data to be converted from one form to another. They are commonly found in communication systems such as those related to telecommunication and networking, enabling the transfer of data. Similarly, within the digital realm, encoders and decoders transmit data. With this in mind, this blog will cover their use in a diverse set of applications and how they work.


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A type of measuring device, multimeters are essential tools for electronics, especially so in regard to the electronics industry. Used to measure the electrical properties of tools and wiring, including industrial-strength equipment, multimeters are used to measure resistance, voltage, and current. As multimeters are used to measure a plethora of parameters, they must be compatible with the device they intend to read to ensure accurate results. Coming in various types to suit numerous electrical properties, we will discuss common multimeter options to choose from and how they can be best applied for your measurements.


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Sensors are a device that is capable of detecting events and changes in a given space, relaying such data to other electronics for the means of data recording, actuation, and more. Sensors can be found in countless applications and industries, ranging from simple elevator button sensors that detect a push to airspeed sensors that ensure aircraft pilots can monitor the vehicle’s forward moving speed. While a plethora of sensor types are available to cater to varying needs, all can be categorized into a select few types. In this blog, we will provide an overview of some of the most common sensor categories, allowing you to better understand the various roles that such devices can serve.


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Proximity sensors are a modern technology that allows for nearby objects to be detected without any physical contact being established. In order to detect various objects, proximity sensors will often utilize the emission of an electromagnetic field or electromagnetic radiation so that any changes may be detected when the return signal is received. When discussing the object sensed by the sensor, it is referred to as the proximity sensor’s target. Depending upon the design and implementation of such technology, various applications may benefit from the use of a proximity detector or sensor. In this blog, we will discuss the common types of proximity sensors, allowing you to better understand their uses and functionalities.


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