Flowcode 7 (Part 2): Displays in Flowcode (Sponsor: Matrix)

A maze generation algorithm
being tested using a graphical LCD and the
Flowcode simulation.

In the first part of this series, you were introduced to Flowcode 7, a flowchart-driven electronic IDE that enables you to produce hex code for more than 1,300 different microcontrollers, including PIC8, PIC16, PIC32, AVR, Arduino, and ARM. In the … Continue reading






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New ARM Technologies for Secure IoT Applications

ARM recently released a new product suite of technologies for designers of secure Internet of Things (IoT) applications.The product suite comprises procesors, cloud-based services platform, radio technology, subsystems, and comprehensive security. Cortex-M Processors Integrated with TrustZone The ARM Cortex-M23 and … Continue reading






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The Future of Ultra-Low Power Signal Processing

Casson

One of my favorite quotes comes from the IEEE Signal Processing magazine in 2010. They attempted to answer the question: What does ultra-low power consumption mean? And they came to the conclusion that it is where the “power source lasts … Continue reading






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New Embedded Solution for Debugging FPGAs

Exostiv Labs recently announced that its EXOSTIV solution for Intel FPGAs will be available in December 2016. Providing up to 200,000 times more visibility on an FPGA than other solutions, EXOSTIV enables the debugging and verification of FPGA board prototypes … Continue reading






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Wi-Fi-Enabled E-Paper

pervasive WiFi

Pervasive Displays recently released a low-power, Wi-Fi-enabled e-paper display (EPD). The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 wireless MCU-based EPD is compatible with any of five different EPD panel sizes. You can control it wirelessly over the Internet with the MQTT protocol. The … Continue reading






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eSOL RTOS & Debugger Support for Software Development

Imperas Software recently announced its support for eSOL’s eMCOS RTOS and eBinder debugger. The partnership is intended to accelerate embedded software development, debugging, and testing. The Imperas Extendable Platform Kit (EPK) features a Renesas RH850F1H device and it runs the eSOL eMCOS … Continue reading






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Low Latency 48-Port FPGA Networking Appliance

BittWare and LDA Technologies are collaborating on a low-latency 48-port FPGA networking appliance. The LDA e4 is a 10/25-Gbps-capable FPGA board enclosure that repurposes the serial links on BittWare’s PCIe FPGA boards into high-speed Ethernet ports. Features, benefits, and specs: 6″ FPGA-to-port … Continue reading






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Conductive Paint: An Interview with Bare Conductive

conductive paint

Back in 2009, a small team of students at the Royal College of Art in London, England, began experimenting with a nontoxic conductive paint. That work laid the foundation for their company Bare Conductive, which inspires artists and engineers to take … Continue reading






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New Tricolor E-Paper Displays

Pervasive-Spectra

Pervasive Displays recently launched the first two products in its Spectra family of three-pigment black, white and red e-paper displays (EPDs). Intended for a wide variety of applications (e.g., electronic shelf labels and smart cards), the thin Spectra EPD is an active … Continue reading






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New “Easy Integration” Antenna for Small Devices

Antenova Inca

Antenova recently added the Inca (part no SRFI028) antenna to its flexiiANT FPC family. Designed for small devices in the 433-MHz ISM band, the compact (101 mm × 20 mm × 0.15 mm), lightweight (0.5 g) antenna is well-suited for small … Continue reading






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Premier Farnell Acquired by Avnet

Avnet has reported that it recently completed its acquisition of Premier Farnell.  Premier Farnell is a Leeds, UK-based global distributor of electronic components that has a community of over 430,000 members in 36 countries. Source: Avnet 






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802.11ax Wi-Fi Solution

Quantenna Communications recently introduced the QSR10G-AX Access Point, which supports the latest 802.11ax Draft 1.0 specification. Based on Quantenna’s QSR10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi platform, the QSR10G-AX supports 12 streams—eight streams in the 5-GHz band and four streams in the 2.4-GHz band. In addition, … Continue reading






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Issue 316: EQ Answers

EQ

Question 1: What is the second grid in a tetrode vacuum tube for? How about the third grid in a pentode? Answer 1: In a triode, there is a certain amount of capacitance between the control grid and the plate, which contributes … Continue reading






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Electrical Engineering Crossword (Issue 316)

CC316 crossword

Across OR—Disjunction DUMMYLOAD—A simulated electrical load [two words] AND—Conjunction TUBE—Valve ARITY—The number of operands FACTORIAL—n! RESONANCE—A circuit’s natural vibrating frequency DYNAMIC—The opposite of static ISR—Interrupt handler TETRADE—Half byte PERIPHERALMODULE—PMOD ATTENUATOR—Used to reduce an electronic signal’s amplitude CRIMP—Join without solder Down … Continue reading






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Analog Tips & Tricks

The top image is the top copper layer from
an EAGLE board design. The bare board shows several
flaws, but the one on the bottom came out fine. The
ruler scales are 0.050″ vertically and 1 mm horizontally.
The board has extremely small features!

Are you looking for ways to improve your analog and RF circuitry? Engineer Ed Nisley provides a few tips for getting started. He shows you how easy it is to take your PCB wiring skills to the next level. Who … Continue reading






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