Bill Schweber
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Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out?
Bill Schweber  
10/6/2014   (13) comments
How the cycle has turned: Putting an AM radio into a car was a big advance in the 1920s and 1930s. Now, auto vendors are considering eliminating the radio as a standard or even optional feature, due to declining user need and listenership.
Overthinking a Simple Battery Problem
Bill Schweber  
3/15/2014   (39) comments
A simple, real-world scenario offers some lessons around not jumping to conclusions.
Is Triboelectricity the Next Harvesting Source?
Bill Schweber  
3/2/2014   (9) comments
Static electricity has traditionally been a villain in electronics stories. Now, however, it's being harnessed for good.
LEDing It Hang Out: The Downside of Higher Efficiency
Bill Schweber  
1/25/2014   (15) comments
The death knell is tolling for incandescent light bulbs. Perhaps it's time to fight to keep the technology alive.
Looking at PMICs: Wider Input-Voltage Range Yields Better Designs (& BOMs)
Bill Schweber  
11/22/2013   (2) comments
There is still plenty of need for regulators that can handle wider input swings.
An Energy-Harvesting Scheme That Is Nearly Useless?
Bill Schweber  
10/29/2013   (10) comments
The attraction of getting something for nothing, whether real or imagined, is very strong. But is it worth the design work?
Are EVs Safer Than Gas-Powered Cars?
Bill Schweber  
9/23/2013   (11) comments
Almost everything has danger and impact; it's just how we learn to live and work with it.
3D Microbatteries: A Future Option for Ultralow-Power Applications?
Bill Schweber  
8/28/2013   (6) comments
Even those tiny micropower circuits need a source of power, and that source is a distinct, discrete component, of course -- and often physically larger than the circuit it supplies.




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