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  • Baby Steps to Self-Driving-Cars

    Baby Steps to Self-Driving-Cars

    Most of us spend a good bit of time getting from place to place. Turning driving into work-time would add billions of productive hours to our collective lives. Work-time can be defined in many ways...

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  • Five Steps for Securing Customer Data in IoT

    Five Steps for Securing Customer Data in IoT

    If your company is harnessing the power of IoT and machine learning as a way to improve efficiency and customer service, you have probably worried about the inherent safety risks and what they could

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  • What’s the difference between AI and Robotics?

    What’s the difference between AI and Robotics?

    How does the field of artificial intelligence differ from robotics? They’re often used interchangeably, so the differences can be difficult to understand.

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  • PCB Fabrication Techniques

    PCB Fabrication Techniques

    As a PCB designer, it can be tempting to leave the details of the manufacturing process up to the fabrication house. However a little understanding of the manufacturing process upfront can help...

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  • Everything you need to know about drilling PCB mounting holes

    Everything you need to know about drilling PCB mounting holes

    Mounting holes seem simple enough—they let you mount your PCB to an enclosure or a surface. Simply pick a screw size that makes sense for the size of your board and the surface you wish to mount...

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  • Barcodes In Manufacturing

    Barcodes In Manufacturing

    Barcode technologies also add value to manufacturing processes. The ability to tie large amounts of data to an object via a small code or chip allows for greater accuracy in the manufacturing process.

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  • Backdrilling in PCB Manufacturing

    Backdrilling in PCB Manufacturing

    Plated through holes (PTH) are great. They electrically connect two or more layers together, and serve as convenient connecting points for traces and components throughout a multilayer PCB.

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  • What Is Bare Board Testing?

    What Is Bare Board Testing?

    There’s a point in manufacturing where you’ve got a decision to make. Do you start assembling your bare PCB or electrically test its connectivity for opens and shorts?

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  • Notes on Spacing

    Notes on Spacing

    While our CAD system draws the lines and shapes as the positive elements, it is the space between that ultimately defines the circuit.

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  • The Best Pep-Talk I Ever Had, (and four more worth remembering)

    The Best Pep-Talk I Ever Had, (and four more worth remembering)

    As we go through our days on the job, little nuggets of wisdom or motivation come our way. Some of it comes in the form of corporate propaganda to make sure....

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  • A Dive Into The Flux

    A Dive Into The Flux

    We don’t often think about flux. “We” meaning most people. That said, it would be hard to picture modern civilization without it. By definition, flux is anything you add to a process to help...

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  • Reduce Time-to-Market for Your System-level Designs Using PSpice Systems Option

    Reduce Time-to-Market for Your System-level Designs Using PSpice Systems Option

    When you move from prototyping to real production, you need to fine tune again because ideal parts cannot emulate the realities of delays and non-linearities. This costs money and eats into../

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  • Notes On Schematic Capture

    Notes On Schematic Capture

    There once was a time when it was common for the PCB Designer to also capture the schematics. I’m not trying to say that the EE’s came along and broke everything.

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  • Notes on Near Field Communications

    Notes on Near Field Communications

    NFC is a touch-and-go standard for sharing a few packets of data with another device that is in close proximity. How close?

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  • The Ethernet is Coming For Your Ride

    The Ethernet is Coming For Your Ride

    Automotive Ethernet. It really is a thing. Our cars will have to outsmart our phones if we’re going to hand over the reins in any meaningful (and safe!) way.

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  • Why Bank of America Is Betting on Blockchain

    Why Bank of America Is Betting on Blockchain

    Undoubtedly you’ve heard a lot about blockchain as the next big revolution for businesses—it’s even been referred to as “the new internet,” and businesses of all types are finding ways to tap into...

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  • What You Need to Know About Picking a Power Supply for a Gaming PC

    What You Need to Know About Picking a Power Supply for a Gaming PC

    Beginners often make the mistake of settling for a cheap off-brand unit that boasts a large power supply rating. Others might overspend on a larger power supply rating to ensure they’ll have enough...

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  • Tips for Routing Mixed Signal PCBs

    Tips for Routing Mixed Signal PCBs

    Your list gets even longer when working with mixed signal circuits, so here are some tips to get you started on the right track with your design

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  • Early Stage Design Considerations of Starting a PCB Project from Scratch

    Early Stage Design Considerations of Starting a PCB Project from Scratch

    There’s nothing quite like the smell of hot solder on a Sunday afternoon, tinkering in your basement as you bring a new electronic concept to life. PCBs are the foundation of modern electronics.

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  • Tips to Remove Noise on Via to Via Coupling

    Tips to Remove Noise on Via to Via Coupling

    Via-to-via coupling in particular remains a challenging aspect in designing multilayer PCBs. In this post we’ll cover some tips for removing noise from your vias.

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