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    Low quiescent current (Iq) means lower operational power and longer battery life. Designing low-Iq solutions requires good technique, tools, and technologies.
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    Why Do You Need Low Iq with Power-Line Communications?

    Aug. 31, 2023
    Low quiescent-current operation is important even when connected to the power line. One implementation solution involves an RS-485 simulation reference design.

    The Journey to Low Iq in Bandgap References

    Aug. 24, 2023
    This article looks at different methods applied to achieve ultra-low Iq in bandgap references, which are temperature-independent voltage references.
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    How Linear Regulators, Voltage Supervisors, and LDOs Deliver Low Iq

    Aug. 15, 2023
    Low quiescent current is crucial to many battery-operated applications, including the vast array in the IoT, and these three devices can help make it happen.
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    There’s No “Magic” in Low-Quiescent-Current Designs

    June 13, 2023
    Designing electronic products and systems with low power/low quiescent current is a “labor of love” for dedicated electronic circuit designers.
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    Optimizing Reset Quiescent Current in Charge Sensitive Amplifiers

    May 23, 2023
    Often utilized in detection systems, charge sensitive amplifiers offer high gain, low noise, and stability.

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