Analog Circuit Design is a type of Integrated Circuit Design that reads signals as continuous and varying instead of a 1/0 value. Digital Circuits read signals as a static input or output in the form of a 1 or 0 much like a computer. Analog Circuits are are modeled in the time and frequency domains which increase consistency, accuracy, and performance of waveforms. Usually, a complete circuit design is built with an Analog Circuit foundation that supplies a constant and accurate stream of input/output signals with a Digital Circuit laid over to convert signals into action. The two together form a complete integrated circuit design found in electronic systems.
An analog circuit takes analog inputs, like electricity or sensor information, and converts it to digital outputs in order for a computer to process the data and act. The computer then converts the digital signal back to analog signals which are sent back out to a system through the analog circuit. This process can be very complicated with a complex system and is absolutely essential to building a IoT or smart device.
Tamarisk Labs has dedicated Electronics and Firmware Engineers that are experts in designing analog circuits and creating the foundation to the brain of a product. In addition, we have an Electronics prototyping studio located in Pasadena, CA to prototype and test circuit designs quickly. With an in-house library of electronic components, we can turn around an iteration of a design as quickly as one day.
Best Practices for Analog Circuit Design:
Set functionality goals and constraints. Based on what your product does, you expect the circuit board to perform different functions under a set of constraints. The first step in designing an analog circuit is to determine what it should do and what it cannot do.
Design a circuit in CAD space. Adding all of the electronic components in a CAD software to create a circuit board with a best guess of how it will work is the next step in designing an analog circuit.
Iterate. At Tamarisk, we build out and test designs in house to determine if they work or not before implementing them into a prototype.