Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is a branch of electronics related to identifying and solving problems caused by electromagnetic interference (EMI) between devices. It encompasses both attempting to prevent unwanted emissions from a device and also ensuring that emissions from another device ...

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With regard to proper EMC design, what does the term Incomplete Inductance mean and what is it's significance?

I presume it has to do with incomplete loops or loop inductance. Do I want to avoid Incomplete Inductance? If so, what are some best practices? EDIT Here's a link to an upcoming EMC seminar brochure ...
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questions on shielding static magnetic field

It seems that using ferromagnetic materials is the easiest way to shield static magnetic field. But is it still working in strong field strength(up to 5T)? Another question is that are mu-metal ...
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Possible ways of protecting comparator input from coupling?

Overview So as I'm implementing some logic with a comparator, I've run into the problem of the output swing coupling with one of the inputs, and now I'm searching for possible ways to minimize or ...
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How serial resistors actually reduce EMI?

I am recently working with a GSM based system, and there was this advice in the datasheet of the GSM module: 22Ω resistors should be connected in series between the module and the SIM card so as ...
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EMC simulation using FEKO

I am trying to simulate a lens antenna using feko by illuminating it with a Yagi-Uda antenna radiation pattern. The problem is that the simulation can't be completed because radiation pattern (in ...
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Perpendicular tracks in 2 different layers (PCB)

Many times ago I heard it's not good to have 2 perpendicular track in 2 different layers of 2 layers PCBs(I mean one track in one side become perpendicular to another track in other side of the pcb) . ...
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EMI filtering at end of a long copper wire transmitting high DC power

I have a long (20 - 50 m) copper wire for supplying DC power. One one end there is a AC-DC converter supplying 600W-1000W of power at 60V output. At the other end I have a switching type (100-140 kHz) ...
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How do electric and magnetic fields affect electronic circuits?

I have come across those requirements: "The equipment shall not be susceptible to DC magnetic fields of up to 60 μT." "The equipment shall not be susceptible to electric fields of up to 140dBuV/m ...
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Function of Glass bead on EMI Filter Legs

I am looking at a PCB that has tiny glass beads on the input and output legs of an EMI filter. The middle pin goes to GND. What is the purpose of the glass beads? Couldn't get the focus quite right ...
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Preventing High Frequency EMI on Headphone Output

I am working a project with the following final power amplifier for audio output. What is best practice to prevent injecting RF EMI onto the cable from the MPU(tens of Mhz) and another radio ...
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Thermocouple temperatures change drastically when my whole system is powered vs when just my arduino is powered

I apologize in advance if this should instead go in the Arduino stack exchange, but I feel it should be here. I'm using this thermocouple / amplifier pair with my Arduino Uno. I am trying to make my ...
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Placing Ground Vias To Improve EMI

Placing ground vias all over the PCB (stiching) to improve the EMI. Have all ground vias to be spaced the same distance? Or may they be separated different distances if it is under lambda/8? I ...
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EMC considerations for driving a solenoid via PWM over a long cable

We're designing a circuit which essentially has the topology shown below. We're driving an inductive load (24V, 3.8Ohm solenoid - max avg current = 2A, but peak current can be 6.3A) using PWM. ...
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Switching power supplies, EMI and wireless communication (FSK)

I am writing to gather information about switching power supplies and EMI and its effect on wireless communication. Currently, I am involved in a project and I have to design and realize an FPGA and ...
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Shielded sleeve?

Does anyone know of sleeving that is basically a hollow tube with a metal shield? Something like coax but without the core? I need to take some unshielded wires and run them through a flexible RF ...
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What's the most effective way to prevent EM noise from coupling onto a cable and radiating out?

I've a PCB radiating noise inside a metal enclosure (this is Product 1 from this question here). Unfortunately, I can't change the PCB itself, so I'm having to tackle the problem by other means. I ...
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EM compatibility of single board computers and laptops

Like a lot of people on this site, I own some single board computers (SBC) and microcontroller boards (UDOO, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Atmel boards, etc.). I wonder about the electromagnetic emissions ...
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How to convert 12v dc to smooth, as if coming from a battery, 6v dc (EMI – RFI free)

I’m an electronics newbie. I did a very simple project. In order to convert 12v dc to 6v dc I used one of those step down converters. Unfortunately what I’m trying to power is an AM radio. It power on ...
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unbalanced audio - shielding and ground loop for 2 ch

I have a 3 conductor wire that are all wrapped in a foil shield with wire conductor, for a total of 4 wires. I am connecting the 3 inside wires to audio left, right, and ground. This is an unbalanced ...
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I have read that a design which fails signal integrity shall have EMC issues

I have read that if a design has EMC issues and is emitting a lot of radiation, then there is a relationship with some signal paths not being properly terminated and/or there being signal integrity ...
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Resistance and Inductance of a ceiling fan motor needed to spec snubber

I'm looking to specify (well, suggest) a RC snubber network for someone over on diy.se who is having EMI problems with his ceiling fan knocking out his TV briefly on turn-off: ...
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EMI/ESD protection for USB interface?

I'm a student making a simple Arduino-compatible board similar to the Pro Micro and am going to put a USB connector on the board. The schematic in the above link doesn't show any kind of EMI/ESD ...
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Reducing EMI Radiated & Conducted

I have a switching regulator that operates at switching frequency of 260Khz that steps down a 28vdc to 3.3Vdc. The switching regulator output will supply current as high as 1 amp for the initial 5 ...
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Can a toroidal transformer be wired as a common mode choke?

I am looking to build an ac power line conditioner. It was suggested that I use a transformer with dual 6.3v secondaries wired in a common mode choke configuration. This is done by using the in-phase ...
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How to shield a USB device from high EMI

What is the best way to keep a USB device from disconnecting when exposed to a high EMI environment, such as when connected to a high voltage power supply under test? For example, in debugging a ...
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Electrical noise on guitar pickups from computer. Due to radio interference, or inductive coupling?

When I point my guitar pickups towards my desktop computer from several feet (2 1/2 - 3) away, I can hear a lot of buzzing/clicking, depending on what the computer is doing (idling vs, say, playing ...
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SMPS transformer orientation with respect to PCB: what's best for EMC?

I have the option of either using a vertical or horizontal bobbin for a flyback SMPS transformer, and I can't conclusively decide which would be best for minimal radiated interference to be picked up ...
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How to fix EMC problems for existing designs?

I'm going to be looking at a few products that have failed EMC radiated emissions testing and will need to apply fixes in order to make them pass (unfortunately, in these cases, two of the designs ...
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EMC, resistors and trimpots

I trying to get EMC certification and stumbled upon problem. In the above circuit, they will apply ESD to the exposed part of the trim pot, and it permanently changes the value of the trim pot and ...
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interference proof voltage regulated current source

I want to dim some LEDs, using the PWM output from a microcontroller. There are some more LEDs than in the schematic, already wired, so that they need nearly 12 V to give maximum light at about 50 mA. ...
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Making conducted EMI measurements in the presence of building-wide ground-fault protection for personnel?

As is documented here among other places, the Line Impedance Stabilization Networks used to make measurements of conducted EMI as per CISPR 22, FCC Part 15, and suchnot contain large line-to-ground ...
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Effect Of Electronic Devices In Close Proximity

From reading other posts, it seems like electromagnetic induction is the greatest threat to electronic devices these days with either traditional HDDs or newer SSDs. Since current in a wire creates ...
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EMI/EMC filters for different frequency sub-circuits

I am designing a PWM based solenoid controller. The PWM controller works at 23kHz with an average circuit consumption of 23-45mA. The PWM controller is powered by a non-isolated SMPS with 12V output ...
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Cable screen terminations for enclosure containing SMPS and instrumentation signal conditioners

I'm looking for some help with some screening and cable termination decisions I need to make. I'd be grateful for any advice, and I'll do my best to explain myself clearly. I am building a control ...
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Earth alternative

I'm designing an industrial machine which is AC motor derived. There are sensitive analog sensors (e.g. Load cell) in the system and in the user's site, Unfortunately earth connection is not ...
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How to calculate EMI filter (ferrite bead) specs for digital signal?

I have a small project of mine that deals with plain old VGA output (d-sub). In my project I'm using a CM2009 IC between actual VGA controller and VGA output connector. It's mentioned in the datasheet ...
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EMI & ESD protection for 3.3V signal

I am looking into options to protect the outgoing signals against ESD events and EMI issues. The device will be battery powered but GPS and radio modem are likely to be operated close-by. Frequent ...
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What's the correlation between spectral graphs produced using near field probes and ones produced using an antenna?

I've been looking at getting some equipment for EMC-precompliance on a budget (about £5k). I understand that I can get a spectrum analyser with some EMI options and some near-field probes (about £2k) ...
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What is the purpose of holes on edge of the PCB?

Here is a photo of one of Texas Instrument's RF EVMs. Please pay attention to edge of the PCB that has multiple tiny holes. I marked 3 of them with a red circle on the photo. What is the ...
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Suppressing interference in a pressure sensor circuit

I just looked over a circuit designed by my predecessor, which is used to interface with a pressure sensor. It works, but I have some doubts about the way the input filtering is done. The simplified ...
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Magnetic flux outside a solenoid perpendicular to the direction of axis of solenoid

I know that using straight forward Biot-Svart law it is possible to calculate field inside a solenoid or at a point on an axis away from the circular coil. Now is it possible to calculate the Flux ...
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Why the \$F_{knee} = 0.5 / T_{r}\$?

In "High-speed Digital Design - A handbook of black magic" p. 2, The knee frequency for any digital signal is related to the rise (and fall) time of its digital edges, but not to its clock rate: ...
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Thickness of low frequency Mu shield calculation

I am dealing with a low frequency varying magnetic field, say 10 - 100Hz with a magnitude of 0.8T. It seems shielding at this frequency gets tricky. Even though Mu is capable of doing it, there should ...
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Switching power supply using faraday cage and EMI protection?

Several switching power supplies in the market use this kind of cages to protect the circuit, however, i have this question, A) Is this used as a faraday cage due to the high frequency used by it? ...
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How to maintain EMI shielding whilst penetrating the shield with cables?

I'm trying to shield an ip camera from EMI generated image noise for low light photography. It's enclosed within a metal box that is then grounded. The subject is also inside the box. The camera ...
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How do I protect digital design from EMI?

I have built a system that controls a 3 phase induction motor. Unfortunately I don't have schematics, but the system is simple: A 24V DC contactor switches AC to the motor. 24V is fed by a separate ...
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How much electromagnetic interference/pollution is produced by home power-line network adapters?

How much electromagnetic interference/pollution is produced by home power-line network adapters? How do they compare for example to WiFi routers? They operate on high frequencies to achieve high ...
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Current-Mode Logic Explanation

I was reading about the HDMI standard and therefore the CML logic, and some alegations are not clear for me about the advantages of the CML. One of its advantages is the low output voltage swing, so ...
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LT1084 as Current control Regulator

I am using LT1084 as a current control Regulator. Circuit shown below Since the transistor Q2 is controlled by a PWM pulse so output voltage of LT1084 is varying as shown below Since it is used as ...
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EMI due diligence

I had an idea to use the World Semi WS 2801IC used for addressable led strips with a power mosfet driver so that each address can be tied to a high current (~1-1.5A) load. The chip indicates the PWM ...