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Altium Announces New Cloud-Based Design Environment with Eye Towards Collaboration: Altium 365
Altium today announced Altium 365, a cloud-based design platform intended to bring manufacturing and sourcing into a hardware design environment.
October 04, 2018
Automated Optical Inspection (AOI), Apps, and Machine Learning: Tools for PCB Quality Control
Visual inspection of PCBs has advanced from simple spot-checking using a microscope. Here are some tools and updates for visual inspection....
September 04, 2018
Do Engineers Design Things Anymore? Electrical Engineering in the Age of ICs
An engineering career is still a good way to make a living—but for which types of people? AAC's Technical Director Robert Keim reflects on the nature of electrical engineering and how it's...
June 19, 2018
Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: One Man’s Experience with the Hidden Cost of Cheap Parts
Sometimes pennies saved in the design and manufacturing process can cost dollars later. This article visits the hidden costs of sourcing cheap components....
November 03, 2017
Get Out of My Space! PCB Keepout Areas in the Z-Axis
In this article, we'll discuss the importance of PCB enclosure design by considering enclosure design.
October 12, 2017
Get Out of My Space! The Importance of PCB Keepout Areas
Learn about the concept of PCB keepout areas, why they can often be overlooked, and some tried-and-true methods for maintaining keepout areas....
October 11, 2017
Battle of the SBCs: BeagleBone Black, Raspberry Pi 3, and ASUS Tinker Board
With a variety of different single board computers, it can be difficult to choose which computer is right for your project. This article will look at the basics of three single board computers...
August 02, 2017
Teardown Tuesday: Sumo Jumping Robot
In this teardown, we're going to take a look a sumo jumping robot!
July 18, 2017
Texas Instruments Releases Family of Ultra-Small Gate Drivers (and Accompanying Power FETs)
In this News Brief, we take a look at TI's two new device families: the DRV832x brushless DC (BLDC) gate drivers and CSD88584/99 NexFET Powers Blocks....
May 25, 2017
Teardown Tuesday: PlayStation Move Controller
In this week’s Teardown Tuesday, we tear down a PlayStation Move controller to see what ICs and parts make up current gaming technology....
April 25, 2017
Engineer Spotlight: The Pi Platter Team on Developing Raspberry Pi Zero Shields
All About Circuits spoke with Dan Julio and Mike Seiler about crowdfunding the Solar Pi Platter and how their involvement with makerspaces has helped them professionally....
March 22, 2017
Teardown Tuesday: Sound-Activated LED Party Lighting
See what's inside a sound-activated LED for use in DJ environments.
March 07, 2017
Duke University’s Silver Nanowires Could Allow for Low-Cost Alternative Inks for Printed Electronics
Researchers from Duke University have created nanowires that may help bring printed electronics to everyday devices.
March 01, 2017
Teardown Tuesday: Mercury Remote-Controlled Socket
In this Teardown Tuesday, we will be looking at the innards of a Mercury remote power plug that uses a remote to control power sockets.
February 21, 2017
Graphene Nano-Chimneys Could Cool Future Circuits
Rice University students have determined that chimney-like structures made of carbon nanotubes could be the key to the future of heat dissipation....
February 15, 2017
Teardown Tuesday: USB Power Meter
In this Teardown Tuesday, we will split, smash, crack, and sand our way into a USB power meter to see how it's made.
December 06, 2016
Could Nanowires Change the Way We Manage Heat Dissipation in ICs?
Heat dissipation is one of the biggest obstacles in semiconductor reduction. A team at the University of California has developed nanowires that can significantly improve heat dissipation...
November 23, 2016
The November Kickstarter Hardware Roundup
This month, we're highlighting three Kickstarters that may catch your eye: a power-efficient and precise soldering tool, an educational coding robot, and the "most powerful maker board out...
November 19, 2016
Retro Teardown: Commodore 1541 Floppy Drive vs DVD Drive
CD drives are standard these days, but who remembers our old friend the floppy drive?
November 10, 2016
Are 3D-Printed Electronic Components the Real Deal?
Optomec recently demonstrated their 3D printing technology at Sensors Midwest in Rosemont, IL. What are printed electronics and what is the Aerosol system?...
October 07, 2016
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