Posts Tagged ‘tips’

Rework and probe wires for circuit boards

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 Tips & tricks to add probe wires for low-voltage, low-current signals on small fine pitch circuit boards. Via Electronupdate.

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Inverter crystal oscillator

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Vasily Ivanenko writes: In numerous RF synthesizer chips lies an inverter with input and output pins for making a reference crystal oscillator clock. I built some discrete chip inverter xtal oscillators with 74HC series logic gates to better examine them. You'll quickly recognize the oft-used Pierce oscillator topology with 1...

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Elektor 500ppm LCR meter case tips

Friday, April 1st, 2016

NopHead wrote a blog post review of Elektor 500ppm LCR meter: I recently bought a 500ppm LCR meter from Elektor because I didn't have anything for measuring inductors or the ESR (equivalent series resistance) of capacitors, both of which are important for modern electronics, particularly switch mode regulators that have become ubiquitous....

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Using Altium for a DirtyPCBs order

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Jarrett  has written an article describing a technique of using Altium for a DirtyPCBs order: This is a pretty rare combo: using a premium PCB package with the budget board house. Kinda funny. Generally these small run PCB houses provide DRU and CAM files for EAGLE design rule checking and...

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Creating high resolution integrated circuit die photos with Hugin or ICE

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Ken Shirriff has written an article describing a technique he used for making high resolution integrated circuit die photos: Have you ever wanted to take a bunch of photos of an integrated circuit die and combine them into a high-res image? The stitching software can be difficult, so I've written...

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Serial terminal view in Eclipse Luna

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Erich  writes: I’m using mostly an external terminal program like Termite. But it is a very useful thing to have a terminal view in Eclipse so I do not need to switch to another application. All what is needed is the installation of a plugin plus the RXTX (at least...

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Systematic PCB verification approach

Friday, March 13th, 2015

From the comments on our previous PCB Checklist post, George Hadley shared this helpful checklist for submitting a PCB to a fab house: Systematic PCB Verification Approach (PDF!): 1. Parts completion check: 1. All major components included? Microcontroller/FPGA/SoC/Microprocessor/CPLD? Power supply/regulation? Sensors? User interface elements? (LCDs, buttons, switches, etc.) Actuator drivers and control? (Motor...

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PCB Checklist – What to check before you submit

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Baldengineer's checklist for submitting a PCB to a fab house: Recently I’ve been expanding my retro game collection to include game cartridges imported from Japan. The problem is that I don’t have Japanese game systems (yet). So I’m creating an open source adapter to convert Famicom carts to the NES. Before...

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Tips & tricks to sort and rework surface mount devices (SMD)

Monday, March 25th, 2013

[embed] [/embed] Tips & tricks to sort and rework surface mount devices (SMD): I’m a member of the Superstition Amateur Radio Club (SARC) and each month we have a presentation on a ham radio related subject. I volunteered to record and upload the club’s monthly presentations. There were two presentations...

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Tips and tricks for microcontroller programming and debugging

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

[embed][/embed] This video by Johndoe271828 shows three tips for microcontroller programming and debugging.

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Tips and tricks on how to tidy up your bench

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

If you're like us then your desk is always a total mess of microcontroller programmers, prototype PCBs, wires, tools, etc... This article covers a few tips and tricks on how to tidy up your workspace. While the article is written for heavier tools and equipment than what we use, there...

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Why right angle bends on a PCB are not so bad

Monday, December 31st, 2012

We've heard it numerous times: avoid using right angle bends in PCB routing. Here's an article from EDN magazine explaining why it's not as bad as most people think. The article explains that the "bad" effects like increased capacitance and circuit noise only start to be a pain for designers...

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Tips on speeding up SMD part placement

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

[embed]![/embed] Mike made a video on how to speedup SMD assembly. He uses air/vacuum powered tools to for pickup, and placement, as well as for solder paste dispensing. Don't be put of by thinking of expensive air compressors and vacuum pumps, as he gives some great advice on using inexpensive...

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Drag soldering tips for Hakko 900M series and compatibles

Friday, February 17th, 2012

A few weeks ago we wrote about hollowed-out chisel tips, and how good they are for drag soldering. Unfortunately they are either hard to find, or made only for expensive soldering irons. There also seem to be some patent disputes that keep them out of the US market for most...

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App note: Murphy’s Law and the risks of Designing “Off Data Sheet”

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Murphy's law is a undisputed fact of life, and this app note by Maxim explains how it impacts electronics design. This application note considers off-data-sheet operation of integrated circuits (ICs). It discusses the pitfalls awaiting engineers who have not experienced Murphy's Law, which is anything that can go wrong, will...

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Datasheet tips for newbies (and everyone else)

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Circuitguy has published this guide entitled Datasheets (Don't) Lie on his website. Its intended to show newbies how easy it is to mistake a component's capabilities when you fail to consider all relevant information on the datasheet. Something those new, and not so new to the hobby, have to keep...

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Five cheap breadboard prototyping tips and tricks – list #2

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Following up on their first list of tips, presents this second list of cheap breadboard prototyping tricks. SD card headers, LED diffusers and more. Thanks opcode! Via the contact form.

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5 improvised prototyping methods

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Here's 5 cheap breadboard prototyping tips and tricks that can make your life easier.

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