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The Karnaugh Map Boolean Algebraic Simplification Technique
Learn about the Karnaugh map (K-map) technique for Boolean algebraic simplification. What advantages and disadvantages do they have?
June 24, 2016
Classical R-C Oscillators: The Bridged-T Network and the Wien Oscillator Network
Learn more about these two classic oscillator network topologies, including their simulations.
September 03, 2019
An Introduction to Filters
Learn about various types of filters, including common terminology and important characteristics.
July 31, 2017
Safety Capacitors First: Class-X and Class-Y Capacitors
Learn about Class-X and Class-Y capacitors, where they are used, and why they are referred to as "safety" capacitors.
May 06, 2019
A Clever Oscillator Circuit You’ve Probably Never Heard of: The Sulzer Network
Learn about the Sulzer network, an alternative to classic R-C networks that is easier to tune over wide frequency ranges.
August 27, 2019
Common PCB Stackups for a Four-Layer Board
This article looks at the common options for a four-layer board stackup.
September 04, 2019
An Introduction to Ground: Earth Ground, Common Ground, Analog Ground, and Digital Ground
Learn about the basics of grounds, grounding, and ground symbols. Not all grounds are created equal. In this article, we'll discuss earth ground, common ground, analog ground, and digital...
June 18, 2019
Guide to USB-C Pinout and Features
This introductory article will look at some of the most important features of the USB-C standard.
December 10, 2018
Understanding, Calculating, and Measuring Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
Total harmonic distortion (THD) is a measurement that tells you how much of the distortion of a voltage or current is due to harmonics in the signal....
February 20, 2017
Switch Bounce and How to Deal with It
In this article I will discuss what switch bounce is and some ways to deal with it. First I will take you through the theory, and later I will show you some ways to handle it in both hardware...
September 03, 2015
X7R, X5R, C0G…: A Concise Guide to Ceramic Capacitor Types
This technical brief attempts to dispel some of the fog that surrounds the three-character cryptograms used to describe ceramic caps.
March 30, 2018
Basic Signal Operations in DSP: Time Shifting, Time Scaling, and Time Reversal
This article presents a look at the basic signal operations performed over the independent variable(s) affecting the signal and the scenarios in which they find their application....
May 10, 2017
Analyzing Circuits via Source Transformation
This article uses examples to explain the technique of source transformation.
November 01, 2016
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
Ladder Logic in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
This article describes the programming language ladder logic used to program PLCs and shows examples of how it functions.
November 21, 2018
Stephen St. Michael
Major Causes of High Temperatures on PCBs
This article discusses the major causes of high temperatures on PCBs that cause failure and damage to the board itself.
September 02, 2019
Basic Circuit Simulation with LTspice
LTSpice is a versatile, accurate, and free circuit simulator available for Windows and Mac. This is an overview of AC and DC simulation, as well as how to analyze output signals....
July 30, 2015
Understanding Arduino UNO Hardware Design
This article explains how Arduino works from an electronic design perspective. It also explains the role of every part of the Arduino.
July 01, 2016
Learn About Thevenin Theorem and Dependent Source Circuits
Learn all about Thevenin's Theorem and its application in analyzing circuits with dependent sources.
October 02, 2015
Universal Logic Gates
NAND and NOR gates are widely known to be universal logic gates, meaning that any other logic gate be made from NAND or NOR gates. This article discusses other universal logic gates....
November 06, 2015
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