Prototyping & Development

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Building a really low-cost sweeper

Make a really low-cost swept frequency tone generator using just some spare op-amp sections and no sole source parts. Read More

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Lovable yet infuriating

The Altium CircuitStudio circuit board CAD program is buggy, slow to load, crashes occasionally, and has a new and infuriating user interface, but... Read More

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Correlating measurements to simulations

When measurements, especially in high-speed signal applications, don't match measurements, you may need to include test probes and equipment in your... Read More

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Building a Li-Pol battery charger using GreenPAK

A GreenPAK-based charge controller can offer needed flexibility for applications that require features beyond those available with highly specialized... Read More

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Using I2C GPIO expanders to enhance legacy system designs

I2C GPIO expanders provide a way to reuse existing design and add new feature sets to form an integrated automotive cockpit that combines infotainment ... Read More

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Updating firmware reliably

Nobody likes bricked devices. Sure, a bricked device is perfectly secure, but that is hardly a consolation. So when performing firmware updates,... Read More

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Selecting the right hardware configuration for the signal processing platform

Early design explorations with modelling and simulation validate hardware capability to implement signal processing algorithms and can dramatically... Read More

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EMC and the decoupling effect

This article discusses the impact of PCB decoupling on simultaneous switching noise (SSN) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) by performing... Read More

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Finding low-temperature IC problems with low-voltage tests

Testing automotive ICs with low voltages let us find and eliminate failures that only occur at low temperatures. Read More

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Thermal design tips for cooling your electronics

Whether you are designing an LED lamp or an electric drag racer, know your options and the need to get the heat out of the electronics. Read More

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Porting Android to the PowerPC architecture

Android OS is quietly making inroads into embedded industrial applications but a migration to industrial settings is only possible by porting Android... Read More

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Design considerations for harsh environment embedded systems

Designing embedded systems that operate reliably in harsh environments presents a unique set of challenges, and as with all engineering problems there ... Read More

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Implementing finite state machines in embedded systems

A finite state machine is one of the most popular design patterns in embedded systems, and here are different approaches for implementing them using... Read More

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IoT Design: Key Software Challenges and Ways Around Them

Its software complexity makes the IoT design process a classical case of survival of the fittest. Read More

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Toward an intuitive system design environment

The combination of graphical system descriptions and automated code generation can help developers focus on product differentiators rather than on... Read More

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Yes, you can develop embedded software using agile methodology

There's a belief that software methodology doesn't really affect results. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read More

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