Use Readily Available Components to Generate Pseudo-Random Binary Sequences and White Noise

Here is a quick and inexpensive circuit that can be used to generate pseudo-random binary sequences and white noise.

Publish Date: 2018-03-22
Designing Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Applications with Bluetooth Mesh - Part 1

Bluetooth mesh allows developers to build networked smart home applications based on Bluetooth low energy for the first time.

Publish Date: 2018-03-21
The Next Evolutionary Step in Drone Design

Field-oriented motor control and global navigation satellite systems sustain drone evolution.

Publish Date: 2018-03-20
Take Advantage of IC Load Switches’ Features to Safely Minimize Power Consumption

Using load switches instead of standalone MOSFETs can provide greater flexibility, control, and protection for low-power circuits and system power management.

Publish Date: 2018-03-15
Designing Accurate Gas Monitoring Systems with Chemiresistive Devices

Chemiresistive sensors offer a cost-effective solution for measuring a wide range of gases but require careful consideration of analog support circuitry.

Publish Date: 2018-03-14
Sensing the World of Industrial Automation with MEMS Sensors

Low-power, high reliability MEMS sensors play a vital role in industrial automation applications.

Publish Date: 2018-03-13
omniCOOL: Introducing a Unique Approach to Fan Design

CUI has taken a new approach to bearing design that bridges the gap between ball and sleeve bearings with its omniCOOL fans.

Publish Date: 2018-03-08
Connect Designs Quickly and Securely to the Cloud Using Amazon FreeRTOS

Embedded developers can quickly connect their embedded systems securely to Amazon Web Services (AWS) using Amazon FreeRTOS.

Publish Date: 2018-03-07
Bringing EVs into the Smart Grid for Stability and Security

Standardizing the charging interface for electric vehicles promotes safety and power grid management.

Publish Date: 2018-03-06
Safely Test Line-Powered Switched Mode Power Supplies

Testing line-powered switched mode power devices can be risky without the proper techniques, precautions, and accessories.

Publish Date: 2018-03-01
Comparison of RF and Bluetooth

Proprietary RF and standard Bluetooth radios have their advantages, but a semi-custom solution can greatly lower cost, while allowing differentiation.

Publish Date: 2018-02-28
Get High-Accuracy, Multi-Channel Temperature Measurements Regardless of Environment

With built-in support for standard temperature sensors, a single device provides a simpler, accurate solution to multi-sensor temperature measurement design.

Publish Date: 2018-02-27
Pick the Right ADC to Minimize Display Flicker

Eliminate medical or instrumentation display flicker by applying formulas to help select an ADC with the right number of bits for the task.

Publish Date: 2018-02-22
Take a Simpler Route to Low-Power, 9-Axis Motion Tracking

Designers can add low-power, 9-axis motion sensing to their MCU-based designs with minimal effort using a 3mm x 3mm TDK InvenSense module.

Publish Date: 2018-02-21
IoT Prototype Development Using Readily Available Single Board Designs

Single board computers provide a platform for IoT prototype development.

Publish Date: 2018-02-20
Use Gateways to Overcome Low-Power Wireless LAN-to-IoT Bridging Challenges

IoT gateways provide a drop-in solution to the problem of bridging low-power wireless networks to the Internet of Things.

Publish Date: 2018-02-15
Quickly Build a Clinical-Grade Cardio Fitness Wearable with Minimal Parts Count

Drop-in solutions enable designers to deliver a wealth of clinical-grade measurements for sophisticated health and fitness applications.

Publish Date: 2018-02-14
LED Lighting Provides Environmental Benefits with Added Bonuses

Solid-state lighting drivers simplify design challenges and provide additional functionality.

Publish Date: 2018-02-13
How to Design for Reliable and Accurate Presence Sensing

Reliable and accurate presence sensing can be done efficiently using optical, ultrasonic, or magnetic sensor technologies, depending on the application.

Publish Date: 2018-02-08
Field Control Leads to Better AC Motor Efficiency

Field-oriented control optimizes AC motor usage by providing greater precision and energy savings.

Publish Date: 2018-02-07
Choosing and Using Advanced Peltier Modules for Thermoelectric Cooling

Thermoelectric cooling has quickly become a practical proposition for many types of electronic equipment. Devices on the market today are compact and efficient.

Publish Date: 2018-02-06
Rapid Prototyping of Smart Voice Assistant Applications with Raspberry Pi

Developers can pair a Raspberry Pi 3 with development kits that provide quick access to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant capabilities.

Publish Date: 2018-02-01
Build a Low-Cost Industrial Controller with the Raspberry Pi 3

Using the Raspberry Pi 3 and add-on boards, developers can rapidly create industrial automation systems able to meet small shop requirements.

Publish Date: 2018-01-31
Apply Sensor Fusion to Accelerometers and Gyroscopes

For higher navigational and motion accuracy, use a Kalman filter to combine the best attributes of 3D accelerometer and 3D gyroscope sensors.

Publish Date: 2018-01-30
Design Robust Systems for the Industrial IoT

The Industrial IoT requires designers to pay particular attention to architecture, device reliability and robustness, and connectivity.

Publish Date: 2018-01-25
Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs)

This article provides a discussion of multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) basics, proper testing procedures, and what the aging/de-aging process is.

Publish Date: 2018-01-25
How to Make an Industrial Strength IoT Touchscreen

Touchscreen interface designs for the IIoT demand ruggedness and compliance with a host of regulatory requirements, but readily available kits make it easier.

Publish Date: 2018-01-24
Update Firmware in the Field Using a Microcontroller’s DFU Mode

Embedded developers can greatly simplify the process of updating firmware in the field using a microcontroller’s DFU mode, but there are some tricks to doing it.

Publish Date: 2018-01-24
Bringing the IoT to Life

Programmable touchscreen LCD modules with Wi-Fi connectivity provide flexibility and ease of integration.

Publish Date: 2018-01-23
Reducing Robot Risk: How to Design a Safe Industrial Environment

Light curtains, laser scanners, and pressure mats are three options to prevent potentially dangerous human-machine interactions in an automated industrial environment.

Publish Date: 2018-01-18
A Basic Guide to USB

A brief discussion on USB connectors including available versions and types.

Publish Date: 2018-01-17
Design a Switch Mode Power Supply Using an Isolated Flyback Topology

Switch mode power supplies offer high efficiency and small volume so it’s worthwhile learning how to design or select the best one for the application.

Publish Date: 2018-01-17
Ultra-Low Power Management for IoT Devices

Energy harvesting PMICs allow remote wireless sensor node implementation.

Publish Date: 2018-01-16
Selecting the Appropriate Heat Shrink Tubing

Heat shrink tubing is a specially designed casing that is widely used for the insulation and corrosion protection of various wiring harnesses, solder joints.

Publish Date: 2018-01-15
802.11x Modules, Dev Kits Can Help Simplify IoT Wireless Design Efforts

Wi-Fi’s high throughput makes it useful for IoT connectivity, but it is also complex, so developers are turning to modules to shorten their design cycle.

Publish Date: 2018-01-11
Creating the Ultimate Embedded Software Workbench

With the right tools on their bench, embedded developers can greatly accelerate the design and development process, and have far fewer bugs.

Publish Date: 2018-01-10
Generating a High DC Output Voltage from a Low Input Supply

To get higher voltages from low voltage inputs, designers need to understand and implement a boost regulator following important guidelines and trade-offs.

Publish Date: 2018-01-10
Taking the IIoT’s Head Out of the Cloud

Edge computing provides a layer of intelligence between process control logic and the Cloud.

Publish Date: 2018-01-09
How to Easily Add Multiple Wireless Technologies to an IoT Design

IoT developers can build in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE, LoRaWAN, and Sigfox wireless connectivity using a tiny board and a powerful programming approach.

Publish Date: 2018-01-05
Solid-State Lighting and the Growth of LEDs for Horticultural Applications

Advancements in LED technology allow targeting horticultural applications.

Publish Date: 2018-01-04
Extending the Life of Sensor Nodes through Power-Efficient Design

Energy harvesting and low-power MCUs maximize sensor node battery life.

Publish Date: 2018-01-04
Add Firmware Security to an IoT Design with a Single Chip

Using a single device, IoT developers can implement secure boot and firmware updates on an established root-of-trust for applications.

Publish Date: 2018-01-03
Transistor Basics: NPN & PNP Using 2N3904, 2N3906, 2N2222, and 2N2907

A brief discussion of transistors ranging from their history, what they are, how they work, how to choose an appropriate one, and application examples.

Publish Date: 2017-12-21
How to Quickly Add Environmental Sensing to Industrial and IoT Designs

A multi-sensor device and a sensor fusion library dramatically simplify development of environmental monitoring systems for health and wellness.

Publish Date: 2017-12-20
Comparing Low Power Wireless Technologies (Part 3)

Low power wireless technologies are adapting to the Internet of Things by including IP connectivity and mesh networking.

Publish Date: 2017-12-20
Efficient Smart Lighting with PWM Control

Utilizing digital controllers for lighting applications provides system flexibility.

Publish Date: 2017-12-19
Comparing Low Power Wireless Technologies (Part 2)

Each of the many short-range wireless technologies has unique benefits, requiring careful attention to product complexity, power consumption, and cost.

Publish Date: 2017-12-14
Select and Apply the Right Low-Power Microcontroller for the IoT

The selection and application of a low-power MCU for the IoT requires careful consideration of architectures and the wise use of power monitoring tools.

Publish Date: 2017-12-13
Taking the Shortcut to Developing Connected LED Lighting Systems

LED driver reference designs and IoT development kits offer proven solutions for connected lighting solutions.

Publish Date: 2017-12-12
How to Select the Right Galvanic Isolation Technology for IoT Sensors

Galvanic isolation of analog sensor signals is needed in IoT designs but designers need to choose between magnetic, optical, or capacitive barriers.

Publish Date: 2017-12-07
Effectively Use Analog Signal Conditioning to Match Sensors to Processors

Having an understanding of op amps, makers, DIYers, and professional designers can condition sensor signals to match their digital processor’s analog input range.

Publish Date: 2017-12-06
Ready for Smart Lighting 2.0?

Adding additional sensors to Smart Lighting enables greater functionality.

Publish Date: 2017-12-05
Wireless Modules Operating in the Sub-GHz Bands Offer a Simpler Route to Market for Sensor Networks

Pre-certified sub-GHz wireless modules provide low-power, long-range wide area network solutions.

Publish Date: 2017-11-30
Build an Effective Test Harness for Microcontroller Software

To test applications and systems, developers need to apply the latest test techniques and create an effective test harness that can detect system errors.

Publish Date: 2017-11-29
A Simple Design Approach for Adding Proximity Detection and Ambient Light Sensing to Product Designs

A light sensing module lets developers easily build products able to sense the presence of their users.

Publish Date: 2017-11-28
Selecting the Right FCC/CE Compliant Wireless Module

Compliant wireless modules save development costs and reduce time to market.

Publish Date: 2017-11-22
Make Fast, Accurate, and Complete Waveform Measurement on Your Oscilloscope

Examine the three measurement techniques available in modern digital oscilloscopes and learn how best to use each of them to yield fast, accurate, and complete measurement results.

Publish Date: 2017-11-22
Use a Ready-Made LTE Cat M1 Modem to Simplify Low-Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity

An LTE Cat M1 modem provides a rapid development solution for low-cost, low-power, wide area IoT wireless applications.

Publish Date: 2017-11-21
Leveraging Near Field Communication (NFC) to Connect with BLE Smart Sensors

Utilizing Near Field Communication for secure and simple Bluetooth Low Energy device pairing.

Publish Date: 2017-11-16
Sometimes the More Expensive ADC is the Most Cost Effective

A 12-bit sensing system seems cost effective, but as the number of sensing channels increases, 24-bit converters are the better choice, and here’s why.

Publish Date: 2017-11-15
Use Monolithic Universal Active Filter ICs to Speed IoT Analog Front-End Design

Universal active filters offer design flexibility for rapid development of custom filters for ADC front ends as well as for DAC output filtering.

Publish Date: 2017-11-15
Oscillator Tutorial

An examination of some of the main types of oscillators, some of the typical terms used in the industry, and how to find oscillators on the Digi-Key website.

Publish Date: 2017-11-09
Cellular Connectivity for Smart Metering

Utilizing cellular connectivity for ‘Smart’ metering applications provides numerous advantages.

Publish Date: 2017-11-08
Simplify ARM Cortex-M0+-Based IoT Embedded Design with CircuitPython Dev Boards

CircuitPython dev boards offer a simpler approach for building embedded applications with sophisticated 32-bit MCUs.

Publish Date: 2017-11-07
Use IO-Link Transceivers to Cut Power, Boost Performance, and Simplify Development

A pair of IO-Link transceivers meets emerging needs for industrial I/O with features optimized for both sides of an IO-Link connection.

Publish Date: 2017-11-02
Dual DC/DC Converter Power Driver Modules for SiC MOSFETs and IGBTs

Modern IGBTs play a major role in improving the efficiency of inverters. Their performance has recently been improved by using new semi-conductor materials.

Publish Date: 2017-11-01
Accelerate Test and Troubleshooting of I²C and Other Common Serial Data Streams

Develop an understanding of the principles of I2C and learn how to test both the physical and protocol layers of this common serial interface with specialized oscilloscope software.

Publish Date: 2017-10-31
Comparing Low-Power Wireless Technologies (Part 1)

The multitude of short-range wireless technologies provides engineers with optimized solutions for their applications, but makes careful selection paramount.

Publish Date: 2017-10-26
Use Application-Specific Battery PMICs to Get Designs Finished Quickly

Application-specific power-management ICs (PMICs) save designers’ time by targeting target well-defined niches and simplifying the design task.

Publish Date: 2017-10-26
Programmable SoCs Help Manufacturers Find the Right Balance Between Configurability and Performance

Programmable System-on-Chip devices allow software flexibility as well as hardware performance.

Publish Date: 2017-10-24
Software Choices for Embedded Development with Industrial SBCs

Various operating systems offer a choice for single board computer development.

Publish Date: 2017-10-19
Build the Devastator Robot and Learn About Sensors, MCUs, Software, and Motor Control While Having Fun

Assembling a Devastator Robot teaches designers and Makers a lot about microcontrollers, sensors, programming, wireless communication, and motor control.

Publish Date: 2017-10-18
Circuit Breakers

There are many circuit breaker options. This article provides guidance on the different types of breakers available, their differences, and mounting choices.

Publish Date: 2017-10-17
Hardware vs. Software Tradeoffs – Part 2: Peak Detectors

Many basic-function building blocks can be implemented using hardware or software; the decision is based on speed, accuracy, and flexibility requirements.

Publish Date: 2017-10-12
How to Secure IoT Device Communications with a Single Chip

Developers can use a single device to quickly harden IoT device security and network communications using the device’s built-in support for the TLS protocol.

Publish Date: 2017-10-11
Creating Colorful User Interfaces with Maker Touchscreens

Implementing graphical user interfaces with Maker-compatible displays and their associated development software.

Publish Date: 2017-10-10
Heterogeneous Processing Enables Machine Vision Applications

The Zynq-7000 all programmable SoCs aid in image processing and machine vision.

Publish Date: 2017-10-05
Use a Cellular Module to Connect a Maker Project to the IoT

Pairing a single board computer with a cellular modem eliminates smartphone or router gateways and dramatically extends the wireless range of maker projects.

Publish Date: 2017-10-04
Fuse Tutorial

A discussion of the different considerations for choosing a fuse, some of the industry vernacular, and applications for different kinds of fuses.

Publish Date: 2017-10-03
Use a Drop-In Solution for Low-Power, Long-Range IoT Designs

A system-in-package with MCU and RF transceiver simplifies long-range IoT wireless designs.

Publish Date: 2017-09-28
Working with SiC MOSFETS: Challenges and Design Recommendations

SiC MOSFETs bring enormous benefits but only if designers are aware of design obstacles such as parasitics, ringing, and conduction and switching losses.

Publish Date: 2017-09-27
An Easier Approach to High-Performance Current Loop Control Design

How designers can build low-cost MCU-based servo control systems that perform like expensive FPGA-based designs.

Publish Date: 2017-09-27
Microsoft Windows Desktop Meets Arduino: A Maker’s Dream?

The LattePanda single board computer provides a Windows® 10 environment with Arduino compatibility.

Publish Date: 2017-09-26
Switch Tutorial

Almost every electronic device has a switch on it, if not several switches. This article discusses switches and their typical applications.

Publish Date: 2017-09-21
Understanding the Advantages and Disadvantages of Linear Regulators

Low dropout regulators (LDOs) are useful, go-to DC/DC supply solutions for designers who understand the efficiency trade offs.

Publish Date: 2017-09-20
The STM32 Nucleo Pack for IoT Brings Makers to the IoT Cloud

The STM32 Nucleo is a powerful low-cost alternative to Arduino: the latest STM32 Nucleo pack includes Wi-Fi, NFC and MEMs expansion boards that bring makers and engineers to the IoT cloud.

Publish Date: 2017-09-19
Find the Right Low-Noise Amplifier for Precision ADCs

When designing high-precision instrumentation, use the right calculations to match the low-noise driver op amp to the ADC.

Publish Date: 2017-09-14
ADC/DAC Tutorial

Converting signals from analog to digital (ADC) or digital to analog (DAC) is an unavoidable task. This article discusses the different kinds of ADCs and DACs.

Publish Date: 2017-09-13
Design an Accurate Miniature Joystick with a 2-Dimensional, Contactless Magnetic Position Sensor

A single-chip Hall effect sensor and a magnetic assembly can form a miniature 2-axis joystick with high sensitivity, smooth operation, low power, and low cost.

Publish Date: 2017-09-12
Develop Real-Time Microcontroller-Based Applications Quickly Using MicroPython

When combined with real-time microcontrollers, MicroPython offers a powerful platform-agnostic programming language that helps developers speed time to market.

Publish Date: 2017-09-07
Wearables Platform Eases IoT Device Prototyping

Wearables Development Platform Simplifies IoT Application Prototyping.

Publish Date: 2017-09-06
Connector Tutorial

There are many different kinds of connectors, all serve the same purpose but in different ways. This article discusses connectors and their typical applications.

Publish Date: 2017-09-05
Design Effective Front-End Filter Wearable Medical Instruments

Deciding between analog or digital signal filtering for wearables requires an understanding of some pros and cons of each approach.

Publish Date: 2017-08-31
Adding Connectivity to IoT Applications through Personal and Wide Area Networks

Advancements in single and multi-protocol wireless solutions target personal and wide area networks.

Publish Date: 2017-08-31
A Modular Approach to IoT Application Development - Part 2: Software Design

The Samsung ARTIK platform helps speed IoT application development with a simpler approach stretching from IoT devices to the cloud.

Publish Date: 2017-08-30
A Modular Approach to IoT Application Development - Part 1: Hardware Choices

Developers can easily combine different Samsung ARTIK modules to address diverse requirements for IoT hardware solutions.

Publish Date: 2017-08-30
Gesture-Based User Interface – A Step Beyond Multi-Touch?

Gesture based E-field sensors allow a touchless human interface.

Publish Date: 2017-08-29
Providing Peace of Mind in the Wireless IIoT World

Developing a secure wireless IIoT network device.

Publish Date: 2017-08-24
Design a Reliable Driver for Precision Medical and Industrial Analog-to-Digital Conversion

For high-accuracy medical and industrial data acquisition, ride the SAR-ADC with the proper amplifier and anti-aliasing filter to complete the digital picture.

Publish Date: 2017-08-23
Humidity Sensors - ‘Sensing’ and ‘Seeing’ What’s Critical in Our Environment

The major design challenges related to humidity/temperature sensors and how TE Connectivity’s HTU2x devices help overcome them are outlined.

Publish Date: 2017-08-23
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