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Low-Cost Debugging Programming is Now Faster
Low-Cost Debugging and Programming is Now Faster and More Feature Rich with MPLAB® PICkit 4 Development Tool

The debugging process remains an important area where many embedded design engineers would like to see improvements, according to AspenCore’s 2017 Embedded Market Study. To address these needs and enhance the development experience, Microchip Technology Inc. introduces the MPLAB PICkitTM 4 In-Circuit Debugger...

What Next Arduino
What's Next For Arduino?

Co-founder Massimo Banzi was in New York City for the, and he stopped by Electronic Design’s office to talk about the future of Arduino...

Hybrid PWM R2R DAC improves on
Hybrid PWM/R2R DAC improves on both

Combining PWM with a small R-2R ladder improves both. It reduces PWM ripple significantly and increases the DAC’s resolution. In this Design Idea, an eight-resistor array and three output pins construct a modified R-2R ladder...

10 Best Raspberry Pi Pi Alternatives.
10 Best Raspberry Pi and Pi 2 Alternatives. Part 2

There are actually two versions of the MinnowBoard MAX available; a $140 version and a $100 version. The extra $40 gets you 2 GB of RAM instead of 1 GB, but both versions include a 1.33 GHz dual-core processor...

10 Best Raspberry Pi Pi Alternatives.
10 Best Raspberry Pi and Pi 2 Alternatives. Part 1

The Raspberry Pi and Pi 2 have taken the world by storm and created a huge interest in single-board computers; their simplicity, portability, and affordability make them great for thinkerers and kids alike. But not everyone wants a Pi...

Holtek Announces New BC32F7611 ARM Cortex-M0
Holtek Announces New BC32F7611 ARM Cortex-M0+ Based Low Energy Bluetooth Transparent Transmission Controller

Holtek is now pleased to announce the release of its new Arm Cortex-M0+ based low energy Bluetooth transparent transmission controller, the BC32F7611, a device especially developed for Bluetooth Low Energy applications...

Hex-Switch Decoder Uses Weighted-Capacitor Network Reduce
Hex-Switch Decoder Uses Weighted-Capacitor Network to Reduce I/O Pin Count

By using this simple capacitor-network circuit and software, designs using the Arduino Uno need only two I/O pins to read a hex-switch decoder, leaving the remaining pins for other functions...

Single switch serves dual duty small
Single switch serves dual duty in small, microprocessor-based system

Traditional control-system designs use separate switches to control power and various system functions, but adding a few components to a small, microprocessor-based system can combine a control function with the system's on/off switch. For example, you can design a system to display relative humidity and temperature...

Holtek new HT68F001 Small Package Flash
Holtek new HT68F001 Small Package Flash MCU

Holtek now announces the release of a new addition to its small package Flash MCU range, the HT68F001. Special features of the device include an excellent price/performance ratio, low voltage operation, low power consumption as well as an internal high accuracy Timer...

HOLTEK New BC66F2430 Sub-1GHz RF Super-Regenerative
HOLTEK New BC66F2430 Sub-1GHz RF Super-Regenerative OOK Receiver A/D SoC MCU

Holtek announces the release of its low power, high sensitivity RF OOK receiver A/D type SoC flash MCU, the BC66F2430. The device operates in both the 315 MHz and 433 MHz ISM frequency bands, frequencies which are suitable for wireless receiver products such as wireless ceiling fans, wireless doorbells and smart home wireless control applications...