It’s still an analog world and nowhere is that clearer than in applications from consumer and automotive to medical and industrial, where analog signals from the myriad sensors these devices contain must be detected, amplified, conditioned and converted to enable their processing in the digital domain.

While it’s clear that such systems require a mix of both analog and digital, those analog components tend to be discrete in nature and so add to cost, space and power overhead. This overhead can be greatly mitigated by integrating a large portion of those analog components with the digital portion of the circuit design in what is called a programmable system-on-chip, or PSoC.

To further the designer’s understanding of the implications of this approach and its application, this Fundamentals of Electronics Course will start with an overview of analog signals and how they differ from their digital brethren. It will then take the viewer on a tour of the key elements of a sensor-based analog and digital signal and conditioning chain, will explain and analog-to-digital conversion basics and relevant terminology, and include a discussion of quantization and key programmable analog elements.

The course will finish with an overview of how what might be the best mix of analog and digital components, how to differentiate that programmable system on chip and how to optimize the design using a home automation design as an example.