Power Supplies Lean Toward an Application Focus

Medical and More Your choice of power supply can have a major impact on your embedded system’s capabilities. Power supply innovators are smoothing the way with devices designed to match application needs. By Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief Arguably the unsung heroes … Continue reading

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LIDAR 3D Imaging on a Budget

PIC-32-Based Design Demand is on the rise for 3D image data in a variety of applications. That has spurred research into LIDAR systems capable of keeping pace. Learn how this Cornell student leveraged inexpensive LIDAR sensors to build a 3D … Continue reading

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Velocity and Speed Sensors

Measuring Motion Automatic systems require real-life physical attributes to be measured and converted to electrical quantities ready for electronic processing. Velocity is one such attribute. In this article, George steps through the math, science and technology behind measuring velocity and … Continue reading

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Motion Control Advances Target Robotics

Integrated, Precision Solutions Motion control technology for robotics continues to advance, as chip- and board-level solutions evolve to meet new demands. These involve a blending of precise analog technologies to control position, torque and speed with signal processing to enable … Continue reading

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Wireless Weather Station Uses Arduino

And Two ASK Radios Integrating wireless technologies into embedded systems recently has become much easier. In this project article, Raul describes his homemade wireless weather station that monitors ambient temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and wind direction. The design uses … Continue reading

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MCUs and Processors Vie for Embedded Mindshare

Performance Push Today’s crop of high-performance microcontrollers and embedded processors provide a rich continuum of features, functions and capabilities. Embedded system designers have many choices in both categories but the dividing line between the two can be blurry. By Jeff … Continue reading

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Pitfalls of Filtering Pulsed Signals

Waveform Woes Filtering pulsed signals can be a tricky prospect. Using a recent customer problem as an example, Robert highlights various alternative approaches and describes the key concepts involved. Simulation results are provided to help readers understand what’s going on. … Continue reading

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FPGA Solutions Evolve to Meet AI Needs

Brainy System ICs Long gone now are the days when FPGAs were thought of as simple programmable circuitry for interfacing and glue logic. Today, FPGAs are powerful system chips with on-chip processors, DSP functionality and high-speed connectivity. By Jeff Child, … Continue reading

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Signature Analyzer Uses NXP MCU

Scope-Free Tester Doing a signature analysis of a signal used to require an oscilloscope to display your results. In this article, Brian details how to build a free-standing tester using mostly just the internal peripherals of an NXP Arm microcontroller. … Continue reading

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Verifying Code Readout Protection Claims

Think Like an Attacker How do you verify the security of microcontrollers? MCU manufacturers often make big claims, but sometimes it is in your best interest to verify them yourself. In this article, Colin discusses a few threats against code … Continue reading

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EMC Analysis During PCB Layout

Catch Issues Earlier If your electronic product design fails EMC compliance testing for its target market, that product can’t be sold. That’s why EMC analysis is such an important step. In this article, Craig shows how implementing EMC analysis during … Continue reading

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Op Amp Design Techniques

Analog Adventures Op amps can play useful roles in circuit designs linking the real analog world to microcontrollers. Stuart shares techniques for using op amps and related devices like comparators to optimize your designs and improve precision. By Stuart Ball … Continue reading

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Wireless Standards and Solutions for IoT

Protocol Choices Abound One of the critical enabling technologies making the Internet-of-Things possible is the set of well-established wireless standards that allow movement of data to and from low-power edge devices. These standards are being implemented in a variety of … Continue reading

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BLDC Fan Current

Motors and Measurements Today’s small fans and blowers depend on brushless DC (BLDC) motor technology for their operation. Here, Ed explains how these seemingly simple devices are actually quite complex when you measure them in action. By Ed Nisley The … Continue reading

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Passive Infrared Sensors

Homing in on Heat One way to make sure that the lights get turned off when you leave a room is to use Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors. Jeff examines the science and technology behind PIR sensors. He then details how … Continue reading

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