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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Deadline Extended to June 22 — Vote Now!

UPDATE: We’ve extended our 2018 reader survey on open-spec Linux/Android hacker boards through this Friday, June 22.   Vote now! Circuit Cellar’s sister website LinuxGizmos.com has launched its fourth annual reader survey of open-spec, Linux- or Android-ready single board computers priced under $200. In coordination with … Continue reading

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PLL/VCO Solution Serves Next-Gen RF and Microwave Needs

Analog Devices has announced a synthesizer consisting of a phase-locked loop (PLL) with fully integrated voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) as well as integrated low dropout regulators (LDOs) and integrated tracking filter technology. The new ADF4371 supports RF/microwave system designs that … Continue reading

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Collaborative Robotics

In this issue of the Empowering Innovation Together ebook, Mouser takes an in-depth look at Collaborative Robotics. We examine “cobots” in industrial environments, motor control in complex robotics and design considerations. We also look at how robots and humans interact … Continue reading

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Class-D Audio Amplifiers Target the Smart Home

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced three new digital-input Class-D audio amplifiers that enable engineers to deliver high-resolution audio in more smart-home and voice-enabled applications. By combining first-of-its-kind integration, real-time protection and new modulation schemes, TI’s new audio devices allow designers … Continue reading

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Designing a Debug and Test Tool

While developing mixed signal IC products, I often longed for a personal, simple to use, analog and digital pattern generator tool. So after retiring, I decided to create one. Read how Validator 1, a USB benchtop debug and test tool, … Continue reading

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Come to the RISC-V Workshop July 18-19

Join the RISC-V Workshop at IIT Madras in Chennai July 18-19 and be part of the disruptive force transforming the microprocessor IP market through open standard collaboration. As with past workshops, this event will bring together the RISC-V community to share RISC-V activities … Continue reading

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Building virtualized, redundant embedded real-time fog servers 

Fog and Industry 4.0 servers must provide high real-time performance on a small footprint. Time to create a suitable design using off-the-shelf blocks to build a virtualized, redundant embedded real-time fog server.  COM Express Type 7 server-on-modules enable space-saving servers … Continue reading

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7 Habits of Highly Efficient PCB Designers

FREE White Paper – Design habits that expedite design completion, improve design quality, and enhance productivity are instrumental to highly efficient PCB design. Here’s what you can do to succeed. Get your copy – here

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Myth Busted: The Truth About Developing Embedded Vision Solutions

Are embedded vision solutions complex? Expensive? Strictly about software? Get answers to your top questions about developing embedded vision solutions, right from Avnet & Xilinx. We’re at the moment of truth with embedded vision systems as scores of new applications … Continue reading

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M-Module Serves Up Four Serial Interfaces

The M-Module M77N from MEN Micro has been developed according to the ANSI Mezzanine standard and extends carrier boards by four electrically isolated serial interfaces, which can be adapted to the respective requirements by software. M-Modules—an ANSI-VITA standard since 1997—are ideally … Continue reading

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Form vs. Function in Test

–Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief A couple months back I and the Circuit Cellar team attended ESC (Embedded Systems Conference) Boston. Having a booth was new for Circuit Cellar at ESC, so we were very pleased at the positive feedback from people … Continue reading

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High-Accuracy MEMS Sensors Target Industrial Sensing

STMicroelectronics has announced the release of new high-stability MEMS sensors with 10-year product-longevity assurance. The new sensors, to be made available during 2018, begin with the IIS3DHHC, a 3-axis accelerometer optimized for high measurement resolution and stability to ensure accuracy … Continue reading

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Fault Protection Solution Defends High-Speed USB Ports

With the MAX22505 ±40 V high-speed USB fault protector from Maxim Integrated Products, system designers can now eliminate USB port damage from all faults, including ground potential differences, up to ±40 V without the tradeoffs required by competing solutions. It … Continue reading

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Barometric Pressure Sensor Serves Consumer Drone Needs

Bosch Sensortec has introduced a new high performance barometric pressure MEMS sensor: the BMP388 is ideally suited for altitude tracking in Consumer Electronics (CE) drones, wearables, smart homes and other applications. The BMP388 delivers outstanding altitude stabilization in drones, where … Continue reading

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