2021-10-06 - Bill Schweber

Right to repair (RTR): Good intentions, but risky as well

Mandating "right to repair" for electronic products seems like a good idea, but it's also worthwhile to review its limitations.

2021-09-17 - Rajan Bedi

Satellite spectrum management and link-budget analyses

Link-budget analysis allows you to specify the performance of receivers and transmitters, and ensure there is sufficient margin between the…

2021-09-14 - Don Dingee

A maker’s guide to selecting an A/D converter

When selecting an A/D converter, parametric tables can help, but for makers, understanding job is more important than sifting through…

2021-09-01 - Chris Featherstone

Amplify small signals in low-noise circuit with discrete JFET

Amplification challenge of small signals in applications like professional microphones can be addressed with discrete JFET bias.

2020-10-08 - Colin Walls

The multicore lexicon: Defining the terminology

Multicore embedded designs are becoming increasingly common. Faced with this technology for the first time, a developer is bombarded with…

2020-10-06 - Bill Schweber

Reed relays switch to new designs, applications

Ancient electromechanical components still have an irreplaceable role...

2020-09-25 - Bill Schweber

Spade lugs and screw terminals eliminate wiring rat’s nest

Completely redoing wiring with old-fashioned, low-tech connectors may sometimes be the smartest decision...

2020-09-16 - Bill Schweber

Consumer connectors get ruggedized

To take advantage of the popularity of mass-market consumer connectors, vendors are now offering ruggedized versions for industrial and other…

2020-09-11 - Andrew Grant

Why the IoT is more than smart fridges and thermostats

The IoT is everywhere, particularly in our homes from voice assistants and smart bulbs to thermostats that learn user preferences...

2020-08-27 - Bernard Brode

COVID-19 highlights poor security in medical IoT devices

While advances in medical devices may help doctors to treat patients infected with COVID-19, at the moment this increased efficacy…