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PCB Layout for a Photovoltaic Power Supply for Microcontroller Circuits
This article discusses the PCB layout for a power-supply circuit that generates a regulated 3.3 V rail from a small solar cell.
June 07, 2018
Schematic Design for a Solar-Powered Charge-Pump Power Supply Circuit
This article discusses a 3.3 V power-supply circuit that is built around an inductorless DC/DC converter and a solar cell.
June 06, 2018
Selecting and Implementing Photovoltaic Cells for Solar-Powered Devices
This article discusses details that will help you choose the right kind of solar cell and successfully incorporate it into your next project....
May 31, 2018
The Circuit Designer’s Guide to Photovoltaic Cells for Solar-Powered Devices
This article presents the equivalent circuit for a solar cell and discusses some implementation details.
May 30, 2018
PCB Layout for a Charge-Pump Bipolar Power Supply
In this article we’ll look at the PCB design for a low-noise ±5 V inductorless power supply.
May 28, 2018
Designing a Charge-Pump Bipolar Power Supply
This article presents and discusses a schematic design for a ±5 V inductorless power supply.
May 16, 2018
Boosting and Inverting without Inductors: Charge-Pump Power Supplies
This article discusses charge-pump DC/DC converters and introduces a design for an inductorless bipolar power-supply circuit.
May 14, 2018
Hardware Evaluation for the Cypress S6AE102A/S6AE103A Eval Kit for Energy Harvesting Applications
In this article, we will assess and characterize the hardware of two power management IC development boards from Cypress Semiconductor, designed for energy-harvesting applications....
May 08, 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
Overview of the BLE Solar Beacon from Cypress Semiconductor
Transmit humidity and temperature data with a fully functional, off-the-shelf, battery-less wireless sensor node.
April 27, 2017
Understanding Spread Spectrum Modulation in RF Systems
This technical brief discusses the characteristics and benefits of spread-spectrum modulation.
February 03, 2017
Understanding Automatic Gain Control
How do designers cope with a system that has highly variable input amplitude yet requires fairly constant output amplitude? Let’s take a look....
November 22, 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
The How and Why of Energy Harvesting for Low-Power Applications
Harvesting energy from non-conventional sources has received an increased interest as designers look for alternative power sources. Even though the power is usually harvested in small amounts,...
June 23, 2016
Understanding Analog-to-Digital Converters: Deciphering Resolution and Sampling Rate
Resolution and sampling rate are two important factors to consider when selecting an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). In order to understand these fully, concepts such as quantisation, and...
November 20, 2015
The New Wireless Thread Network Protocol
Thread, a network protocol released July 2015, is optimized for the connected home network. It is IPv6 based, uses IEEE Standard 802.15.4 and runs on existing hardware....
September 24, 2015
FSK Explained with Python
This article will go into a bit of the background of FSK and demonstrate writing a simulator in Python.
August 21, 2015
PICAXE Programming Basics - Part 2
This article is part 2 of a two-part series that introduces the tools and techniques for programming PICAXE microcontrollers. Part 1 focused on construction of a test circuit and the AXEpad...
August 18, 2015
Charles R. Hampton
Using Interrupts on Arduino
We've all been there - you've spent hours and hours trying to get that sketch working, but somehow, you're not reacting well to time critical events in your system. Maybe it's a wireless...
August 12, 2015
PICAXE Programming Basics - Part 1
This article is part 1 of a two-part series that introduces the tools and techniques for programming PICAXE microcontrollers. Part 1 focuses on construction of a test circuit and the AXEpad...
August 03, 2015
Charles R. Hampton
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