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Introduction to Low-Power Embedded Design
Low power consumption has become an important design goal in many electronic systems. This article introduces essential concepts and techniques.
February 17, 2017
Improving on the Electret: An Introduction to MEMS Microphones
This technical brief explains the physical characteristics and the benefits of microphones based on MEMS technology.
February 14, 2017
Back to Basics: SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface)
The Serial Peripheral Interface Bus enables full-duplex serial data transfer between multiple integrated circuits.
February 13, 2017
The How and Why of Spread-Spectrum Digital Signals
This technical brief discusses the use of spread spectrum modulation in digital circuits, particularly clock signals.
February 10, 2017
UART Baud Rate: How Accurate Does It Need to Be?
This article will help you to determine the maximum acceptable difference between the baud rates of a UART transmitter and receiver.
January 25, 2017
The Packet Concept: High-Level Synchronization for Data Links
Learn about (for lack of a better term) packetization, a technique that facilitates robust data transfer in optical, RF, and long-distance-digital communication systems....
December 30, 2016
Manchester Encoding: What Is It, and Why Use It?
Learn about Manchester encoding, a simple and effective way to improve high-speed or wireless digital communication.
December 23, 2016
The Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC): Finding—and Even Correcting—Errors in Digital Data
This technical brief explains what a CRC is and how you can use it to make your digital communication more robust.
December 22, 2016
Back to Basics: The Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART)
This technical brief explains some low-level details of the widespread—I might even say ubiquitous—UART communication interface.
December 20, 2016
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
Custom Microcontroller Design: Assembling, Measuring, Programming
This is part 2 of a step-by-step guide to bringing your custom microcontroller design to life.
December 02, 2016
Custom Microcontroller Design: Hardware, Tools, and Toolchain
This is Part 1 of a step-by-step guide to bringing custom microcontroller designs to life.
November 25, 2016
Convenient, Robust Data Transmission with RS-422 and RS-485
This article introduces the RS-422 and RS-485 interfaces and explains why you might want to use them in your designs.
November 23, 2016
The Why and How of Differential Signaling
Learn about the important characteristics, benefits, and applications of differential signaling, as well as the proper layout techniques for differential signals....
November 16, 2016
LED Arrays: One Resistor or Many?
When you have multiple LEDs with a common anode or common cathode, can you use just one current-limiting resistor? Let’s take a look.
November 15, 2016
How to Design a Bluetooth Low Energy Circuit with Sensor Technology
Tutorial on designing a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) circuit with the ability to measure 9-axis motion, humidity, and temperature.
October 14, 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
Design Examples of FIR Filters Using the Window Method
In this article, we will discuss several design examples of FIR filters using the window method. The simulated frequency response of the designed filters will be compared with the target...
July 26, 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
How Sensor Fusion Works
Sensor fusion is the art of combining multiple physical sensors to produce accurate "ground truth", even though each sensor might be unreliable on its own....
July 19, 2016
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