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RC lowpass filter expands microcomputer output
RC lowpass filter expands microcomputer's output port

It’s almost a corollary to Moore’s Law: Next year, microcomputers will have more features, and the software team will have bigger ideas. Unfortunately, though, the number of output pins will stay the same. Finding even one spare output for diagnostics, test, or even standard I/O can be a tussle...

New Silicon Labs Wi-Fi Devices IoT
New Silicon Labs Wi-Fi Devices for the IoT Slash Power Consumption in Half

Silicon Labs has introduced a new Wi-Fi portfolio to simplify the design of power-sensitive, battery-operated Wi-Fi products including IP security cameras, point-of-sale terminals and consumer health care devices...

11 Myths About 8-Bit Microcontrollers
11 Myths About 8-Bit Microcontrollers

The venerable 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) celebrated its 46th birthday this year. Even in middle age, the scrappy, numerically challenged architecture still finds its way into many new embedded applications...

Digital Control Meets Intelligent Analog Streamline
Digital Control Meets Intelligent Analog to Streamline Design

Whether it’s used as an initial introduction into embedded development, the main controller of a connected application or as an attach component to offload tasks from a larger system, the role of the 8-bit microcontroller continues to expand...

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...