Stripline Impedance

2018-06-04 17:24:28 by

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..

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Microstrip Impedance

2018-06-04 17:22:08 by

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..

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Remote 3D Printer Setup

2018-06-04 17:10:54 by

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..

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ESP32 Temperature Data Logger

2018-03-28 19:45:20 by

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..

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Building A General Purpose Data Logger with the ESP32

2018-03-26 23:24:18 by

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..

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Choosing A Phone VOIP Service for Your Business

2018-03-23 16:21:00 by

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..

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Best Gadget to Hold A PCB For Soldering

2018-03-22 17:32:47 by

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..

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Lab Bench DC Power Supply Review

2018-03-04 20:47:03 by

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..

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Using a $10 Logic Analyzer for Debugging Serial Interfaces

2018-02-17 19:11:49 by

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..

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Using the MPLAB Xpress Evaluation Board from Microchip

2018-01-25 19:38:56 by

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..

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