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Cafe Quiz #24
quiz is based on the information presented in Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics: Fundamentals, Biomedical
Applications, and Bio-Inspired Systems, by Rahul Sarpeshkar, published by Cambridge University Press.
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RF Cafe Giveaway.
Which formula represents what is known as "1/f" noise?
Noise has many sources,
including thermal. flicker, 1/f, etc. The 1/f component dominates in the region from DC to the point where 1/f
noise is equal to white noise power (fc).
An explanation, along with the chart to the right, is from
2. What is Return Ratio Analysis?
b) A method for analyzing
circuit robustness in response to changes in gain or impedance
Return ratio is a quantity analogous to the
robustness of a transmission feedback loop, in that its analysis quantifies the robustness of a circuit in
response to a change in gain or impedance.
An explanation is given in chapter 10 (p 240).
What is the name of the process used to simplify
analysis of a complex system when an additional
passive element is added in parallel?
c) Middlebrook's extra-element theorem
This approach defines
how to simplify analyzing a complex system (for which a transfer function is known) when a passive element is
added in parallel or in series to it.
An explanation is given on page 261.
4. What function does a gyrator circuit perform?
a) Inverts impedance
(changes L to C, or C to L)
This is an Electronics 101 circuit that uses a one or more active elements to
basically switch the sign of the imaginary part of a complex impedance.
An explanation is given on page 333.
5. What is a key feature of a neuron-inspired analog-to-digital converter?
b) Small size comparable to neurons
c) A concept though of while using the inventor's
d) Energy efficiency
Just as the biological brain is an extremely efficient processor
of information, a properly configured ADC circuit can gain enhanced efficiency.
An explanation is given on page
6. What does the Bode-Fano criterion state?
d) For passive loads
(series or parallel RC or RL), there is an inverse relationship between good
impedance matching at a
single frequency and good matching across the entire band
This is intuitive to anyone who has struggled to
find a good impedance match across a wide bandwidth using a minimum number of elements.
An explanation is given
on page 471.
7. Which type of biomedical implant is not likely to employ a
wireless link to an external transceiver?
c) Hair plug
Many kinds of medical implants exploit the
availability of micro-scale wireless electronics to both retrieve data from implants and to send programming data
An explanation is given on page 395.
Which curve in the graph to the right represents
skin depth in biological tissue?
the left is a transmission line model of biological tissue that helps predict how an RF plane wave propagates
Component values vary with frequency and tissue type.
An explanation is given on
9. What is the approximate power consumed by the average
human male brain,
consisting of 22 billion neuronal cells?
b) 15 W
Oh, the jokes that can come from this question! It
has been estimated that the human brain performs the equivalent of at least 6x1016
FLOPS (floating-point operations per second) while consuming a mere 15 W of power.
An explanation is given on
Name the three regions of current-dependent battery polarization as a function of voltage
An explanation, along with the chart to the right, is from page 801.