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What Is a Microarchitecture? Understanding Processors and Register Files in an ARM Core
Learn about the microarchitecture of an ARM processor, including an explanation of the register file and how it functions within a processor.
February 07, 2019
Stephen St. Michael
Use Verilog to Describe a Combinational Circuit: the “If” and “Case” Statements
This article explains the use of Verilog “If” and “Case” statements to describe a combinational circuit.
January 31, 2019
Describing Combinational Circuits in Verilog
This article introduces the techniques for describing combinational circuits in Verilog by examining how to use the conditional operator to describe combinational truth tables....
January 06, 2019
Getting Started with the Verilog Hardware Description Language
In this article, we’ll study the basic structure of a Verilog module, look at some examples of using the Verilog “wire” data type and its vector form, and briefly touch on some...
January 05, 2019
The Electrical Engineer’s Guide to Instruction Set Architectures (ISAs)
This article explores some important details related to the design and functionality of processors.
August 15, 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
I2C Design Mathematics: Capacitance and Resistance
This article looks at the mathematical calculations used to size the pull-up resistors and determine the maximum length of circuit traces....
June 22, 2018
Exactly How Schmitt Trigger Oscillators Work
This article is intended to help readers understand the good and the bad traits of Schmitt Trigger RC oscillators, which are especially important because they are present in the internal...
May 23, 2018
What Is the Difference between Conducted and Radiated EMI?
This technical brief explains two distinct types of electromagnetic interference.
April 16, 2018
What Exactly Is a Quartz Crystal, Anyways? A Look at Quartz Crystal Oscillators
This article explains some theory behind an extremely common electronic component.
March 02, 2018
How to Decode Manchester-Encoded Data Using Hardware
This article looks at some circuits that can help you extract the original data from a Manchester-encoded signal.
March 01, 2018
How to Generate Manchester-Encoded Data in Hardware and Firmware
This article discusses implementation details for a simple yet effective technique that can improve your digital communication.
February 26, 2018
The Why and How of Pipelining in FPGAs
This article explains pipelining and its implications with respect to FPGAs, i.e., latency, throughput, change in operating frequency, and resource utilization....
February 15, 2018
When a Diode Simply Isn’t Good Enough: The Superdiode
This article, part of AAC’s Analog Circuit Collection, discusses an interesting circuit in which an op-amp and an ordinary diode work together to create a superdiode....
February 08, 2018
Capacitive Control Panel PCB Design Considerations for TI’s MSP430FR2633 Microcontroller
This article provides a closer look at the PCB design considerations and programming of a custom capacitive touch interface device.
February 07, 2018
Simplify Your Life with an Analog Window Detector
This article, part of AAC’s Analog Circuit Collection, presents a simple yet effective replacement for ADC-based window detection.
February 02, 2018
Multiplication Examples Using the Fixed-Point Representation
This article will discuss several multiplication examples using the fixed-point representation.
December 15, 2017
Fixed-Point Representation: The Q Format and Addition Examples
Fixed-point representation allows us to use fractional numbers on low-cost integer hardware.
November 30, 2017
PCB Layout for an Arbitrary Waveform Generator
In this article we’ll discuss the PCB layout for a custom-designed arbitrary waveform generator board.
November 17, 2017
DAC Output Circuitry for an Arbitrary Waveform Generator
How do you convert DAC output currents into a normal voltage signal? Let’s take a look.
October 20, 2017
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