For the past 15 years, Lev Shapiro has been deeply involved in many projects requiring technical support in all aspects of components for design and manufacturing of electronic devices and systems. Prior to forming his own consulting company in 2003, Component Master Ltd., he was responsible for the component engineering departments of a number of telecommunication companies. In all, he has served the electronics industry for four decades, including 15 years in electronic hardware design (with seven patents) and 25 years in component engineering. Shapiro has published a number of technical articles in a variety of industry publications, including Electronic Magazine and Surface Mount Technology SMT. He offers practical advice on electronic components selection for designers, on RoHS (lead-free) component issues, and on counterfeit electronics. In addition, he has offered technical presentations at a number of conferences and symposiums. He has earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master's degree in patents.

Unraveling Component Truth From Datasheets

When sourcing electronic components, understanding the exact specifications and parameters of the part is critical — and sometimes difficult. There are a few well-known ways that electronic component manufacturers use to define technical parameters: Parameters with minimum and maximum values. This is the best data possible. By specifying the entire range, the manufacturer of the…