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An Overview of Software Languages for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
What software languages are used with programmable logic controllers?
May 10, 2019
Stephen St. Michael
When Can Electrical Engineers Use Python? Applications for the Python Programming Language
Where can EEs use Python in their day to day? Here's a look at the applications where Python excels.
May 05, 2019
How to Choose the Right Microcontroller for Your Application
This article continues the Introduction to Microcontrollers series with a discussion of the most important things to consider when you’re trying to find the best MCU for your next project....
March 28, 2019
Applications and Limitations of the Current-Feedback Amplifier: Dual CFAs and Composite Amplifiers
In this article, we continue our study of the current-feedback amplifier. We’ll also look at a composite amplifier that combines the benefits of the voltage-feedback topology and the...
February 28, 2019
Understanding Color Models Used in Digital Image Processing
Learn about digital-signal-processing concepts that help us to store and manipulate color information.
August 17, 2018
Learn RF Design: Choosing the Right RF Transceiver IC
Learn about integrated circuits that can help you to design customized RF communication systems.
August 10, 2018
What Is Embedded System Design? Defining an Electrical Engineering Field
Could you concisely define "embedded system design" off the top of your head? This article looks at the essential characteristics of an increasingly prominent specialization within the field of...
August 06, 2018
Choosing the Right Transistor: Understanding Low-Frequency MOSFET Parameters
This article provides an overview of various characteristics and specifications that are relevant to low-frequency MOSFET operation.
July 23, 2018
Comparing Optical Sensors: Understanding D-Star
This technical brief discusses a parameter that conveys the sensitivity of an optical detector.
April 05, 2018
Need a Current Regulator? Use a Voltage Regulator!
This article, part of AAC’s Analog Circuit Collection, shows you how linear voltage regulators can also be handy in constant-current applications....
February 12, 2018
Conveniently Control Your Load Current with a Voltage-to-Current Converter
This article, part of AAC’s Analog Circuit Collection, presents a straightforward way to precisely control the current through an LED (or through a typical resistive load)....
February 05, 2018
GPS Times, Atomic Clock Frequencies, and the Increasing Accuracy of GPS
GPS as we know it requires the precision of atomic clocks. This article looks at the importance of timing for GPS and the clocks that provide it....
December 22, 2017
All About BLDC Motor Control: Sensorless Brushless DC Motor Controllers
Learn about sensorless brushless DC motor controllers, some example ICs, and some disadvantages of using such motors.
October 18, 2017
An Overview of Using Makeblock in Arduino Programming
Makeblock allows young inventors to have early success in electronics through intuitive color-coded connections and an easy-to-use programming interface....
December 06, 2016
Solenoids: Understanding Actuation and Voltage Polarity
This technical brief will explore some fundamental details related to solenoid operation and implementation.
October 13, 2016
Industrial Instrumentation and Control: An Introduction to the Basic Principles
In part one of this instrumentation and control (I & C) series, we'll go over the fundamental terminology and concepts used when working with industrial plants....
September 28, 2016
Understanding MOSFET On-State Drain-to-Source Resistance
This technical brief covers some useful details regarding a common MOSFET parameter referred to as on-state resistance.
September 02, 2016
Rapid Analysis of BJT Switch/Driver Circuits
This technical brief explains a quick, straightforward procedure for evaluating a switch/driver circuit based on an NPN bipolar junction transistor....
July 21, 2016
The Inverting Configuration of an Amplifier
Mentioned in the previous article, an operational amplifier is usually connected to components in a feedback circuit. In this article, we will discuss one of two amp configurations that are...
April 13, 2016
Use Python’s Scientific Toolbox to Find the Natural Response of Thermal Systems
Use Python's scientific toolbox to determine the natural response of a real thermal system and plot the results for visualization and further analysis....
December 16, 2015
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