Effects of EM radiation on the human body from nearby communication devices
July 18, 2017
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There is increasing public concern that adverse health effects may arise from exposure to radiofrequency (RF) sources, particularly due to the increasing use of mobile and wearable devices with growing radio-communication capabilities such as GSM, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. This is particularly true with wearables, which are usually worn on the body and sometimes in direct […]

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Designing with Bluetooth 5.0
April 13, 2017
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One of the ubiquitous wireless communication methods has gotten even better. Bluetooth SIG has released Bluetooth 5 (BT5), an enhancement to the current Bluetooth Low Energy v4.2. The key updates to Bluetooth 5 are 8x data, 4x range, and 2x speed, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies. For a designer and […]

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Technology Readiness Level
November 11, 2016
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We develop ideas and build solutions to solve tomorrow’s problems. Often, many come to us with promising ideas in need of technical help to develop their concepts. The challenge with idea development is that innovation initiatives frequently fail, falling short of the idealized goal. Several reasons include a lack of understanding of the steps required […]

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External Memory for Microcontrollers
October 14, 2016
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Engineers have a wide variety of microcontrollers to choose from for various application needs. While microcontrollers have come a long way with lower power and faster clock speeds – program memory (RAM/ROM) is often still very limited. There are several reasons for this. First, memory requires a lot of silicon die area. This means that […]

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Introduction to electronic jigs
July 21, 2016
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The final step in an embedded system typically occurs when the firmware or code is flashed into the micro-controller/processor on a PCB and the process almost always requires some sort of physical connection. There are two main methods of momentary contacting assembled electronics – flying probe testing (woodpecker) or a bed-of-nails test fixture. Both methods […]

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We need more USB ports
February 16, 2016
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  In the pursuit of ever-slimmer laptops, manufacturers are removing what appears to be “bulky” USB ports from their new product releases. That may result in a slimmer notebook, but more often than not, individuals end up adding dongles and further bulk so that existing peripherals can still be used. Mobile developers on our team […]

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