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  • PCB design: Minimise errors, increase efficiency
    PCB design: Minimise errors, up efficiency
  • More ways to utilise that 3D printer
    More ways to utilise that 3D printer
  • Adding phases to simple RC oscillator
    Adding phases to simple RC oscillator
  • Low-cost MIPS dev kit runs Linux-based OS, Android
    MIPS dev kit runs Linux-based OS, Android
  • 10 useful apps for mobile engineering
    10 useful apps for mobile engineering
  • Ways to bust an ultracapacitor
    Ways to bust an ultracapacitor
  • Rule of thumb: Resistance of a copper trace
    Rule of thumb: Resistance of a copper trace
  • Circuit designer's guide to safety earth, wiring/cables
    Circuit designer's guide to safety earth
  • Designing low-side switch for inductive loads
    Designing low-side switch for inductive loads
  • Autonomous cars take on road challenges
    Autonomous cars take on road challenges
  • Reference designs trim space, upgrade industrial efficiency
    Reference designs trim space
  • Circuit designer's guide to I/O signal grounding
    Designer's guide to I/O signal grounding
PCB design: Minimise errors, increase efficiency
PCB design: Minimise errors, increase efficiency

Schematic simulation not only minimises design time but also increases the quality of boards as well as enhances the efficiency of the overall design flow.

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More ways to utilise that 3D printer
More ways to utilise that 3D printer

The output-side technology (the printer) is well evolved, but the input side has languished. The printing technology has failed to take off and isn't yet fully adequate to the job.

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Adding phases to simple RC oscillator
Adding phases to simple RC oscillator

In this design idea, we illustrate a simple way to add one or more output phases to an RC oscillator. The frequency can be varied with minimal change in phase shifts.

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Low-cost MIPS dev kit runs Linux-based OS, Android
Low-cost MIPS dev kit runs Linux-based OS, Android

Aimed at providing a low-cost development system for use by the open source community, the new 90.2mm x 95.3mm platform includes an Ingenic JZ4780 apps processor.

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10 useful apps for mobile engineering
10 useful apps for mobile engineering

Here are 10 popular apps on the market for engineers who deal with tasks on average mobile device like an Android-based smartphone.

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Ways to bust an ultracapacitor
Ways to bust an ultracapacitor

Ultracapacitors will outlast most other electronic components in any given application, which is why they are the perfect power delivery device in the most demanding environments.

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Rule of thumb: Resistance of a copper trace
Rule of thumb: Resistance of a copper trace

Here's a quick and simple way of estimating the DC resistance of a copper trace on a board. We illustrate a simple relationship that makes calculating the series resistance of a copper trace trivial.

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Circuit designer's guide to safety earth, wiring/cables
Circuit designer's guide to safety earth, wiring/cables

This series is adapted from The Circuit Designer's Companion, Third Ed., by Peter Wilson. This third instalment focuses on the safety earth and wiring/cables.

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Designing low-side switch for inductive loads
Designing low-side switch for inductive loads

Do you want to know how to turn off inductive loads at a really fast rate? Read this to learn about dropping the freewheeling diode for a fast turn off.

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Autonomous cars take on road challenges
Autonomous vehicles take on road challenges

Here are some of the many ongoing developments in software and electronic controls that are very promising to autonomous vehicle safety and ultimate implementation.

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Reference designs trim space, upgrade industrial efficiency
Reference designs trim space, upgrade industrial efficiency

The MAXREFDES27# and MAXREFDES36# from Maxim Integrated enable customers to create better industrial designs quickly, reduce cost, and improve the overall factory performance.

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Circuit designer's guide to I/O signal grounding
Circuit designer's guide to I/O signal grounding

This series is adapted from The Circuit Designer's Companion by Peter Wilson. This instalment considers power supply returns and input/output signal grounding.

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Automotive

Connected car adds fuel to OEM, IT rivalry
While the segment safety in 2015 will amount to a mere 12.2 billion, products related to safety in the connected car context will be worth 47.4 billion, said a report from PwC and strategy&.

Auto head-unit processor revenues to reach $1.95B in 2020
ABI Research predicted that new players that include Intel, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm will push automotive head-unit processor revenues as they compete with established car chipset suppliers.

Audio codec enhances car infotainment
The EV and PHEV markets are now looking to include payment and metering options. Learn how a single dual-core embedded processor can cost-effectively meet these requirements.

Repurposing switcher for HB-LED flashing beacon
A switcher IC is repurposed to flash a high-brightness LED in this minimal-parts-count design idea. The heart of the circuit is an MC34063 originally intended for DC-DC converters.

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Communications/Network

SDK targets wireless home control market
The 6.51.03 release of the Z-Wave promises to fully enable the advanced functionality found in Sigma Designs 500 series SoC platform.

Evaluation board speeds design for Power over Ethernet apps
The TPS23861 evaluation board cuts development time and cost when creating PoE-enabled network video recorders, IP phone switches and wireless base stations.

Intel battles PD armed with big data, wearables
In joint work with MJFF on battling Parkinson's disease, data is collected from patients via wearable devices, and housed in an open platform for analysis.

Bluetooth kit targets consumer, medical markets
The PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit from Microchip features a PIC32 MCU, HCI-based Bluetooth radio, Cree high-output multi-colour LED, and an analogue 3-axis accelerometer.

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Computing/Peripherals

Old-school oscillator finds niche in quantum computers
The ability of PPLOs to detect binary signals and store digital information in the form of two distinct phases of oscillation makes them particularly suitable for reading the state of a quantum bit..

Memory process roadmap pushes thru amid 3D tech
The constant reduction in feature sizes used to make ICs has improved memory-chip performance by increasing per-chip storage capacities, lowering power consumption, and improving data storage speed.

Project Denver: Tegra K1 MPU climbs the 64bit platform
Nvidia's four years in the making project, Denver, is the sequel to Tegra K1, claiming to sport PC-class performance in mobile systems for gaming, business apps, and content creation.

Server card breaks 2TFLOPS barrier
With 16GB of GDDR5 memory, AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs provide supercomputers with massive compute performance while maximising available power budgets.

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Consumer Electronics

Adaptor prototype links light bulbs to smartphone
The adaptor from Emberlight connects to the home's WiFi router so it can be remotely controlled through a cloud-based application, via a smartphone app, from far away.

VGA sensor improves video quality for consumer apps
The OV7676 from OmniVision promises to deliver best-in-class low-light sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio, full-well capacity, quantum efficiency and low-power consumption.

Security issues drag wider adoption of ePassports
IHS forecasted that global shipments of ePassports will rise to 175 million units in 2019, up from 113 million in 2013, representing a CAGR of 7.6 per cent during the six-year period.

Qi opts for efficiency over distance
WPC is working on a loosely coupled magnetic resonance solution, and it has previewed updates that would offer more freedom of movement.

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IC/Board/Systems Design

Adding phases to simple RC oscillator
In this design idea, we illustrate a simple way to add one or more output phases to an RC oscillator. The frequency can be varied with minimal change in phase shifts.

Rule of thumb: Resistance of a copper trace
Here's a quick and simple way of estimating the DC resistance of a copper trace on a board. We illustrate a simple relationship that makes calculating the series resistance of a copper trace trivial.

Circuit designer's guide to grounding and wiring
This series is adapted from The Circuit Designer's Companion. This part looks at grounding: when to consider it, how chassis materials affect it, and the problem of ground loops.

Design software speeds up FPGA dev't
The Libero SoC version 11.4 promises to improve design flow runtime by up to 35 per cent for Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs.

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

Dutch start-up delivers 60GHz radar IC for vehicle safety
The SiGe radar front end integrates one transmit- and two receive-antenna on the silicon die, allowing for the simultaneous detection of position, speed, and angle of arrival for multiple objects.

LED lamp driver boasts 1-100% dimming range
The AP1695 from Diodes claims to optimise the design of sub 12W triac dimmer-compatible LED lamps and offer a 30 per cent reduction in BOM cost.

Security issues drag wider adoption of ePassports
IHS forecasted that global shipments of ePassports will rise to 175 million units in 2019, up from 113 million in 2013, representing a CAGR of 7.6 per cent during the six-year period.

TRINAMIC intros dual-axis stepper motor controller-driver SoC
The TMC5062 features eight of the company's patented motion control technologies and TRINAMIC's proprietary technology for automatically adapting motor velocity.

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Medical

12bit ADCs dissipate a maximum of 1.7mW at 1MS/s
A/D converters from Analog implement advanced design techniques to achieve ultra low power dissipation at high throughput rates, and provide flexible power management options.

Measure antenna ring down time for medical apps
Here is how to measure the ring-down time of antennas used in nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometers.

Use mind control to run your appliances
Called 'Emotiv Insight Brainware,' this device gives some control back to people with neuro-degenerative diseases.

Display screen technology corrects vision problem
Researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual's visual impairment and creating vision-correcting displays that enable users to see text and images clearly.

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Power/Smart Energy

Move over graphene, MX2 material is here
MX2 heterostructures, with their remarkable electrical and optical properties and the rapid development of large-area synthesis, hold great promise for future photonic and optoelectronic applications.

Circuit designer's guide to safety earth, wiring/cables
This series is adapted from The Circuit Designer's Companion, Third Ed., by Peter Wilson. This third instalment focuses on the safety earth and wiring/cables.

DC-DC converters operate up to 600W
The VHK and VFK DIN families from CUI are high efficiency isolated DC-DC converters packaged in a rugged aluminum case that feature an ultra-wide 4:1 input.

Thin film chip resistors support tight tolerances to �0.1%
Available in 0402 and 0603 case sizes, the MC ATAU series features gold terminations for conductive gluing and combines high-temperature operation to 155�C and TCR down to �15ppm/K.

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Test & Measurement

App supports mobile data display for Android devices
The IPEmotion App 2.0 provides connection of vehicle CAN interface to any Android device, display function for data loggers, and high data security by directly storing data on IPEhub2.

Rule of thumb: Resistance of a copper trace
Here's a quick and simple way of estimating the DC resistance of a copper trace on a board. We illustrate a simple relationship that makes calculating the series resistance of a copper trace trivial.

Measure antenna ring down time for medical apps
Here is how to measure the ring-down time of antennas used in nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometers.

RF reference sources ease RF calibration systems
The Fluke Calibration 96270A and 96040A claim to simplify RF and microwave calibration systems by replacing many of the instruments and accessories in existing systems.

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Educational Resources
Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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Tech Impact
Move over graphene, MX2 is here
MX2 heterostructures, with their remarkable electrical and optical properties and the rapid development of large-area synthesis, hold great promise for future photonic and optoelectronic applications.

LEDs pave way for low-cost car mesh network
Old-school oscillator finds niche in quantum computers



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