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Sensors Technical Articles
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How Do Time of Flight Sensors (ToF) Work? A Look ToF 3D Cameras
How do time of flight sensors determine distances? Learn more about ToF cameras using an example 3D camera.
May 08, 2019
How to Interpret IMU Sensor Data for Dead-Reckoning: Rotation Matrix Creation
Working with IMUs can maddening for a variety of reasons, but what scares people the most is usually the math.
April 23, 2019
How to Analyze Data from a Custom PCB Sensor Subsystem
A quick walkthrough of how to analyze data from a custom precision sensor system.
January 17, 2019
How to Design a Custom PCB Holder: Mechanical Considerations for a High-Precision Sensor System
When working with high-precision sensors, it's crucial to consider housing. In this article, we discuss an approach to designing a custom board holder for an inclinometer subsystem....
January 15, 2019
How to Program an MSP430 Microcontroller to Gather Data from an Inclinometer
This article goes over the design of firmware for a custom PCB project: a precision inclinometer subsystem.
January 14, 2019
How to Turn a Schematic into a PCB Layout: PCB Design for a Custom Inclinometer
So you have a schematic. How do you lay out your custom board? In this article, we'll go over the challenges and solutions I came across in designing a custom PCB for an inclinometer...
January 11, 2019
How to Design a Schematic: Creating a Roadmap for a Custom PCB Inclinometer
This project series details the design and construction of a precision inclinometer based on the Murata SCA103T-D04. This article looks at schematic design considerations....
January 09, 2019
Introduction to MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems)
This article explores basic characteristics and common applications of a technology that has been incorporated into a wide variety of high-performance electronic devices....
December 04, 2018
How to Design Charge Amplifiers for Piezoelectric Sensors
This article explores charge-amplifier design details, including ESD protection and frequency response.
October 23, 2018
Understanding and Implementing Charge Amplifiers for Piezoelectric Sensor Systems
In this article we’ll explore a circuit that produces an output voltage proportional to the charge generated by a piezoelectric transducer....
October 22, 2018
Understanding and Modeling Piezoelectric Sensors
This article explains some theory behind piezoelectric sensors and presents an equivalent circuit that you can use when you’re designing sensor systems....
October 15, 2018
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
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
Comparing Optical Sensors: Understanding D-Star
This technical brief discusses a parameter that conveys the sensitivity of an optical detector.
April 05, 2018
How to Use a Diode as a Thermometer
This article, part of AAC’s Analog Circuit Collection, presents a straightforward circuit that allows you to measure temperature with little more than a diode and a BJT....
February 16, 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
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