April Engineering Challenge: Find the Schematic Error

Click to enlarge. Find the error in this schematic and submit your answer by the 20th of the month.

The April Electrical Engineering Challenge (sponsored by Technologic Systems) is now live! Review the schematic on the challenge webpage and find the error for a chance to win prizes, such as a TS-7250-V2 High-Performance Embedded Computer or a Circuit Cellar Digital Subscription. … Continue reading






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The Future of IoT Security

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With the onset of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, an enormous number of devices are now accessible via the Internet and are therefore vulnerable to cyberattack. Society is still adjusting to the fact that devices that people used to trust … Continue reading






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Compact NFC Security Module for Smart Wearables

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Infineon Technologies is collaborating with Beijing-based Mobile Payment Solutions Co. Ltd. (MPS) on a new plug-and-play NFC security module. The smallest module in the series measures only 4 mm × 4 mm, making it a good fit for wearable electronics. … Continue reading






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New Digitally Controlled Programmable Attenuators for Frequencies Up to 40 GHz

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Fairview Microwave recently released a new family of digitally controlled programmable attenuators with performance up to 40 GHz and up to 60 dB attenuation range with 0.03 dB minimum step size. The digitally controlled attenuators adjust the amplitude of signal levels … Continue reading






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mbOS for MicroEJ Opens Embedded Systems to Java

SEGGER recently announced that its embOS real-time operating system now supports MicroEJ’s platform, thereby giving Java developers the ability to work on ARM Cortex-M based embedded applications. You get a complete Java platform with a virtual machine, which is a 32-bit … Continue reading






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New Low-Power Embedded Wi-Fi Solutions for the IoT

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Microchip Technology recently launched four low-power, highly integrated solutions that enable Wi-Fi and networking capability to be embedded into a wide variety of devices, including Internet of Things (IoT) applications. These four modules provide complete solutions for 802.11b/g/n and are … Continue reading






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Adaptive Coded Modulation Added to Wireless Data Modem

CML CMX7164

CML Microcircuits recently announced that it added Adaptive Coded Modulation (ACM) capabilities to its CMX7164 multimode wireless data modem, QAM modulation suite. ACM features enable the modulation type and block format to change on the fly to dynamically select data block size, … Continue reading






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Full Schematic and PCB Layout in One Project File

TARGET 3001! combines the full schematic and PCB layout in one project file. Schematic and layout are always in a consistent state. An embedded PSpice simulator enables the modeling of the electrical function of the circuit eliminating errors early in the … Continue reading






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60-V, 7-A Step-Down µModule Regulator

Linear 8064

Linear Technology’s LTM8064 is a step-down DC/DC µModule (power module) regulator with a 6-to-58-V (60 VMAX) input voltage range and adjustable load current control with ±10% accuracy at 7 A. You can use it as a point-of-load step-down regulator operating from … Continue reading






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The Future of Robotics Technology

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Advancements in technology mean that the dawn of a new era of robotics is upon us. Automation is moving out of the factory and in to the real world. As this happens, we will see significant increases in productivity as … Continue reading






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The Future of Wireless: Imagination Drives Innovation

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Wireless system design is one of the hottest fields in electrical engineering. We recently asked 10 engineers to prognosticate on the future of wireless technology. Alexander Popov, a Bulgaria-based engineer, writes: These days, we are constantly connected to the Internet. People expect … Continue reading






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Innovative Tech at Embedded World 2016

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Attendance at the recent Embedded World 2016 conference in Nuremberg, Germany, increased 17% (30,063 trade visitors) over 2015. Wisse Hettinga was in attendance and took notes on some of the more interesting technologies on display. He writes: Controllino: Open-Source PLC Say … Continue reading






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Raspberry Pi 3

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation recently announced the availability of the Raspberry Pi 3, which is a $35 credit card-sized computer that is about 50% faster than the Raspberry Pi 2 and has around 10× the performance capabilities of the Raspberry … Continue reading






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Low-Power 12 DOF Bluetooth Smart Sensor Development Platform

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Dialog Semiconductor now offers a small, low-power 12 Degrees-of-Freedom (DOF) wireless smart sensor development kit for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as wearables, virtual reality, 3-D indoor mapping, and navigation. The DA14583 SmartBond Bluetooth Smart SoC is combined with Bosch Sensortec’s gyroscope, … Continue reading






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The Future of Wireless: Global Internet Network

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Advances in wireless technologies are driving innovation in virtually every industry, from automobiles to consumer electronics. We recently asked 10 engineers to prognosticate on the future of wireless technology. Eileen Liu, a software engineer at Lockheed Martin, writes: Wireless technology has … Continue reading






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