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Welcome to Electronic Design’s Ideas for Design

June 10, 2020
Electronic Design opens its archives to bring you Ideas for Design. These short articles present useful circuits and designs and have been very popular over the years.

The Ideas for Design series is part of our Library: Article Series.

In 2012, Electronic Design celebrated its 60th anniversary. One of the articles was Reader Submissions Drive Our Most Popular Department. It highlighted one of the most popular sections of the magazine, Ideas for Design (IFD). These are short articles that usually have one or two circuit diagrams, figures or listings that are examples of useful designs. You can check out the lastest IFDs as well as our ebook collections

Actually, IFD’s first showed up in Electronic Design in 1968. Walt Jung’s article, A Look Back At 40 Years Of Ideas For Design, highlights this event. His article, “Gated Amplifier Uses FET in Feedback Loop,” was in the Jan 4, 1968 issue.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a PDF copy of Walt’s article but we do have quite a few and we are collecting them here where you can read and download them. It takes some time to generate the PDFs and clean up articles on our site since many of the older ones are missing some figures. These were misplaced during are many website migrations. But fear not, we are updating both the online and the PDF versions so you can examine, dissect and utilize some of our newer IFDs.

We will have IFDs in our print archive (see the figure) but there have been one to four IFDs in every issue of Electronic Design since they started.

If you would like to add your ideas to our collection you can contribute articles to Electronic Design. This will let you share your ideas with the Electronic Design community and maybe even get into the print edition of the magazine. Yes, we still have a print and digital edition of the magazine in addition to our website. You can access the Electronic Design Digital Archive by getting an account on our site. If you want the latest and greatest you can subscribe to our newsletters that highlight all the articles on our site.

About the Author

William G. Wong | Senior Content Director - Electronic Design and Microwaves & RF

I am Editor of Electronic Design focusing on embedded, software, and systems. As Senior Content Director, I also manage Microwaves & RF and I work with a great team of editors to provide engineers, programmers, developers and technical managers with interesting and useful articles and videos on a regular basis. Check out our free newsletters to see the latest content.

You can send press releases for new products for possible coverage on the website. I am also interested in receiving contributed articles for publishing on our website. Use our template and send to me along with a signed release form. 

Check out my blog, AltEmbedded on Electronic Design, as well as his latest articles on this site that are listed below. 

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I earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters in Computer Science from Rutgers University. I still do a bit of programming using everything from C and C++ to Rust and Ada/SPARK. I do a bit of PHP programming for Drupal websites. I have posted a few Drupal modules.  

I still get a hand on software and electronic hardware. Some of this can be found on our Kit Close-Up video series. You can also see me on many of our TechXchange Talk videos. I am interested in a range of projects from robotics to artificial intelligence. 

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