Issue No. 01 - January (1971 vol. 20)
Y. Paker , IEEE
The digital computer control of physical processes requires parameters that can be altered digitally. A resistor design is described that provides settings in a wide range with fixed precision. For this purpose a binary floating-point format is used both for expressing the resistor values and for the digital setting. A resistor structure is given that yields values expressed by the above format. Implementation employing electromechanical and electronic components is presented. The configuration described compares favorably with a straightforward binary design. It is expected that such a resistor will be especially useful for hybrid passive-network analyzer applications and, employed as a reference device, for the digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion of other kinds of quantities.
Binary floating-point format, digital parameter setting, digital-to-analog conversion, on-line digital control, resistor design.
Y. Paker, "A Binary Floating-Point Resistor," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 20, no. , pp. 7-11, 1971.