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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
Teardown Tuesday: Amazon Echo Dot v2
The Amazon Echo Dot v2 is out. Here's a look inside.
November 01, 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
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
Low-Cost Programmable Logic Controllers for the Frugal Engineer
Typical PLCs are very expensive, but never fear: cheaper versions exist!
December 28, 2015
Teardown Tuesday: Baofeng Amateur Radio Transceiver
This teardown looks at some of the circuitry inside Baofeng's dual-band handheld transceiver.
February 28, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Resurgence of BattleBots and Robot Wars
Battlebots (US) and Robot Wars (UK) have made a comeback. How will modern technology change the game?
January 14, 2017
ASUS Moves Its Tinker Board into Raspberry Pi’s SBC Domain
ASUS, the Taiwanese hardware and electronics company known for their desktops, laptops, monitors, graphics cards, and more has decided they're going to delve into the micro-PC market....
April 07, 2017
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
Raspberry Pi Zero HATs for Home Automation and IoT Designs
2016 brought some interesting additions for Raspberry Pi Zero that can be incorporated into home automation and IoT prototyping.
February 08, 2017
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
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
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
Teardown Tuesday: Mini Digital Storage Oscilloscope
The DS211 Mini Storage Oscilloscope is a single channel, shirt pocket-sized oscilloscope. This week we open it up to see what is inside.
February 07, 2017
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