2018-06-04 17:24:28 by Tim
Stripline Impedance A stripline trace is defined as a conductive trace in a dielectric material between two reference planes. The dielectric constant of the dielectric material is homogenous meaning it has the same dielectric constant throughout. This is unlike a microstrip trace that has an effective dielectric constant that is a mix ofContinue Reading..
2018-06-04 17:22:08 by Tim
Microstrip Impedance A microstrip trace is defined as a conductive trace on a dielectric material over a reference plane. The top and sides of the trace are exposed to air called a surface microstrip trace. In actual manufacturing the top is usually covered with solder mask and is called a coated microstrip trace.Continue Reading..
2018-06-04 17:10:54 by Tim
Remote 3D Printer Setup In this article I show how I setup my XYZ Davinci 3D printer with a linux box running Ubuntu to run remotely over my network. I add in a webcam so I can see the progress of the build and take photos/videos for documentation. Setting Up a Printer Service for AContinue Reading..
2018-03-28 19:45:20 by Tim
ESP32 Temperature Data Logger In a previous article I went through the setup of a general purpose data logger based on an Espressif ESP32 development board from Adafruit. In this article I’m going to add a temperature sensor to read ambient air temperature and save the time and temperature data to the SD card.Continue Reading..
2018-03-26 23:24:18 by Tim
Project Overview I have several data logging projects I am going to be working on and wanted to create a standard general purpose data logger that I could plug different sensors into (for example temperature) and be able to save the data to a file as well as have a simple display. I alsoContinue Reading..
2018-03-23 16:21:00 by Tim
Choosing A Phone VOIP Service for Your Business Business telephone systems have evolved over the years from the traditional landline to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone services that rely on the internet to transfer and convert voice and data communications. Fitsmallbusiness.com has an in-depth article on VOIP vs. Landline with the followingContinue Reading..
2018-03-22 17:32:47 by Tim
Review of PCB Circuit Board Holder Overview I’ve tried lots of PCB circuit board holders and “third” hands over the years when trying to solder components onto a PCB but this one I recently got has been my favorite so far. It’s the Aven 17010 Adjustable Circuit Board Holder and goes for about $13 USDContinue Reading..
2018-03-04 20:47:03 by Tim
Review of Lab Bench DC Power Supply When working on embedded projects you are going to need a good DC power supply on your bench to test your designs. I recently got an Eventek KPS305D Adjustable Switching Regulated Power Supply online and set it up and started using it and I’ve been pretty happy withContinue Reading..
2018-02-17 19:11:49 by Tim
Why You Need a Logic Analyzer At some point when working with serial interfaces such as SPI and I2C you are going to run into issues and need to do some debugging. A logic analyzer is the tool you want to use to be able to decode the serial data and see what’s really goingContinue Reading..
2018-01-25 19:38:56 by Tim
Using MPLAB Xpress Eval Board for Microchip PIC Development A short tutorial on setting up and running an example program on the MPLAB Xpress eval board using a Microchip PIC device Overview of the MPLAB Xpress Eval Board https://www.microchip.com/mplab/mplab-xpress/mplab-xpress-evaluation-boards Microchip User Guide http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/Microchip%208bit%20mcu%20PIC%20Xpress%20Dev%20Board%20PIC16F18855%20MPLAB%20Xpress%20Eval%20Board%20Users%20Guide%2050002479B.pdf Unboxing Setting Up in MPLABContinue Reading..