2021-08-26 - Brian Dipert

Question your assumptions: Diagnosing computer disruptions

When diagnosing a problem, it's important not to cling too tightly to initial assumptions, based on past experiences and/or incomplete…

2021-07-30 - Brian Dipert

Microsoft Xbox 360 teardown

Following up on the dissection of the original Xbox 360 Elite, this teardown explores the more integrated, cooler-running Xbox 360…

2021-07-28 - Thomas Miller

Creating ANC earphones with balanced armatures

In true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones, balanced armature (BA) drivers bring improved fidelity and detail compared to traditional drivers.

2021-07-16 - Bill Schweber

Engineer’s ordeal with tiny PCB pads in a laptop repair

A mechanical design relying on PCB pads for structural support leads to stress-induced crack growth and subsequent failure in a…

2021-06-08 - Brian Dipert

Spare CPUs get new life in PCs for donation

This engineer details the build of two PCs that were donated to provide computer access for a shelter program.

2021-05-31 - Kangbong Seo

Development of CMOS image sensors accelerates to serve a variety of applications

The design of CMOS image sensors is going through an accelerated phase of development to serve a variety of applications.

2021-05-18 - Brian Dipert

Set-top box teardown: Android isn’t just for smartphones

Android isn't just for smartphones and tablets, as this set-top box teardown makes obvious.

2021-05-11 - Brian Dipert

Apple event filled with Arm CPU-based system announcements

Apple's yearly spring product launch event was filled with Arm CPU-based system announcements, as well as plenty of other shiny,…

2021-05-07 - Susan Nordyk

Automotive-grade MEMS microphones enhance in-cabin audio

Automotive-grade SiSonic MEMS microphones from Knowles enhance hands-free calling, voice assistance, and noise cancellation.

2021-04-30 - Susan Nordyk

Gel-infused package protects barometric pressure sensor

A tiny gel-infused package protects Bosch’s BMP384 barometric pressure sensor from the ingress of water, dust, and other contaminants.