Flex PCB Design Services

Building Boards that Bend While not exactly a brand-new technology, flexible printed circuit boards are a critical part of many of today’s challenging embedded system applications from wearable devices to mobile healthcare electronics. The PCB production service vendors listed here … Continue reading

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Side-Channel Power Analysis

Easy Path to Proof Side-channel power analysis is a method of breaking security on embedded systems, and something Colin has covered extensively in his column. This time Colin shows how you can prove some of the fundamental assumptions that underpin … Continue reading

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Tailored Solutions Tackle Design Needs for Wearables

Low Power Priorities For wearable devices, every drop of power is precious. That’s driving designers of these embedded systems to attack the power challenge from multiple angles. Fortunately, a slew of analog, power and system ICs have emerged that address … Continue reading

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Guitar Video Game Uses PIC32

Realism Revamp While music-playing video games are fun, their user interfaces tend to leave a lot to be desired. Learn how these two Cornell students designed and built a musical video game that’s interfaced using a custom-built wireless guitar controller. … Continue reading

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Antenna Performance Measurement Made Easy

Covering the Basics by Robert Lacoste Article appeared in Circuit Cellar October 2017 (Issue 327) If you’re doing any kind of wireless communications application, that probably means including an antenna in your design. The science of antennas is complex. But … Continue reading

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Inductive Sensing with PSoC MCUs

Tougher Touch Tech Inductive sensing is shaping up to be the next big thing for touch technology. It’s suited for applications involving metal-over-touch situations in automotive, industrial and other similar systems. Here, Nishant explores the science and technology of inductive … Continue reading

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Tinkering with Time

Protocols and Programming Many embedded systems need to make use of synchronized time information. In this article, Jeff explores the history of time measurement and how it has led to NTP and other modern technologies for coordinating universal date and … Continue reading

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MCUs Serve Up Solutions for Car Infotainment

Dashboard Dazzle As automotive dashboard displays get more sophisticated, information and entertainment are merging into so-called infotainment systems. The new systems are driving a need for powerful MCU solutions that support the connectivity, computing and interfacing requirements particular to these … Continue reading

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Building a Generator Control System

Three-Phase Power Three-phase electrical power is a critical technology for heavy machinery. Learn how these two US Coast Guard Academy students built a physical generator set model capable of producing three-phase electricity. The article steps through the power sensors, master … Continue reading

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Easing into the IoT Cloud (Part 2)

Modules in Action In Part 1 of this article series, Brian examined some of the technologies and services available today, enabling you to ease into the IoT cloud. Now, in Part 2, he discusses the hardware features of the Particle … Continue reading

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Control and Comms Solutions Enhance Drone Designs

Synched in the Sky There’s no slowing down the pace of commercial drone innovation. Helping system developers keep pace, technology vendors provide a wide range of communications and control products to improve the capabilities of both drone designs and the … Continue reading

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Connecting USB to Simple MCUs

Helpful Hosting Sometimes you want to connect a USB device such as a flash drive to a simple microcontroller. The problem is most MCUs cannot function as a USB host. In this article, Stuart steps through the technology and device … Continue reading

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Internet of Things Security (Part 6)

Identifying Threats In this final part of his Internet of Things Security article series, this time Bob returns to his efforts to craft a checklist to help us create more secure IoT devices. This time he looks at developing a checklist … Continue reading

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Chip-Level Solutions Feed AI Needs

Embedded Supercomputing Gone are the days when supercomputing meant big, rack-based systems in an air conditioned room. Today, embedded processors, FPGAs and GPUs are able to do AI and machine learning operations, enabling new types of local decision making in … Continue reading

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IoT Door Security System Uses Wi-Fi

Control Via App or Web Discover how these Cornell students built an Internet-connected door security system with wireless monitoring and control through web and mobile applications. The article discusses the interfacing of a Microchip PIC32 MCU with the Internet, and … Continue reading

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