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The Best Laptops for Engineering and Computer Science Students
This is a guide to purchasing laptops for CS and engineering students.
July 25, 2016
Understanding the Differences Between ARM and x86 Processing Cores
ARM and x86 are the two most common processor families on the planet. What are their strengths, weaknesses, and applications?
May 05, 2017
Teardown Tuesday: Amazon Echo Dot v2
The Amazon Echo Dot v2 is out. Here's a look inside.
November 01, 2016
5 Great Arduino Alternatives
Arduinos are popular, but they aren't the only boards out there. So what are some other alternatives? Find out!
December 16, 2015
Why Is the US Standard 60 Hz?
The choice of 60 Hz for the AC line frequency is a win for Tesla’s engineering, but 110 V is an example of compromise for Edison’s business interests,...
February 01, 2016
Teardown Tuesday: Baofeng Amateur Radio Transceiver
This teardown looks at some of the circuitry inside Baofeng's dual-band handheld transceiver.
February 28, 2017
Low-Cost Programmable Logic Controllers for the Frugal Engineer
Typical PLCs are very expensive, but never fear: cheaper versions exist!
December 28, 2015
Programming Languages for Embedded Systems 101: Background and Resources
A brief guide to some useful programming languages used in embedded systems design—and where you can learn, practice, and master them.
May 26, 2017
Teardown Tuesday: HB100 Doppler Radar Module
Join us as we crack open an HB100 Doppler radar module and delve into the mysteries of RF component design.
October 18, 2016
5D Data Storage, How Does it Work and When Can We Use it?
Scientists have made 5D data storage that can store data for billions of years. How does it work? and when will it be available to consumers?...
February 20, 2016
Teardown Tuesday: Bluetooth Trackers
Bluetooth trackers are a new emerging market. This Teardown Tuesday is going to be a little different, we're going to look at the insides of 3 different trackers....
May 31, 2016
Tesla vs Google: Do LIDAR Sensors Belong in Autonomous Vehicles?
Elon Musk has made some bold comments about Google's self-driving car that uses LIDAR. However, Google is using LIDAR for different reasons than Tesla would in their Autopilot systems....
July 24, 2016
What Is RoHS and Why Is It Important?
RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) is a piece of legislation created by the EU to reduce the harmful effects of dangerous substances to people and the environment. Here's why it's...
October 16, 2016
A Brief Introduction to the Common Mode Choke and Its Applications
This article goes over the basics of the humble common mode choke and its applications.
April 23, 2017
The Best FPGA Development Boards for New Designers
Here's a rundown of three boards best suited for beginning to intermediate FPGA designers. Some boards cost thousands of dollars, and it’s unrealistic to compare a board of that cost to a...
November 30, 2015
Jennifer A. Diffley
Teardown Tuesday: What’s Inside a Bluetooth Speaker?
Ever wonder what's inside a Bluetooth speaker? In this week’s Teardown Tuesday we are going to take a look at the inside of one.
March 29, 2016
Introduction to 3D Printing: History, Processes, and Market Growth
Today's 3D printers had their start in the rapid prototyping technologies of the 1980s and found their use in the industrial market. As patents expire, 3D printing technology is becoming more...
April 16, 2017
Calculating the Lifespan of Electrolytic Capacitors with De-Rating
Aluminum electrolytic capacitors have a reputation as having a short life expectancy and being unreliable...but are they really that much worse than other types of capacitor?...
December 26, 2016
NAND Flash Memory Shortage Projected to Continue Into 2018
A flash memory shortage, beginning in 2016 and originally projected to continue until mid-2017, has been re-forecasted to continue well into 2018....
September 01, 2017
BeagleBone Blue for Robotics Applications: The Latest BeagleBone Single Board Computer
The BeagleBone Blue is now available. You can learn more about this open source robotics computer and its BeagleBone predecessors here.
March 17, 2017
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