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 … Read more
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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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
This video by Johndoe271828 shows three tips for microcontroller programming and debugging.
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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, … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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, … Read more
Following up on their first list of tips, 43oh.com presents this second list of cheap breadboard prototyping tricks. SD card headers, LED diffusers and more. Thanks opcode! Via the contact form.
Here’s 5 cheap breadboard prototyping tips and tricks that can make your life easier.