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Blogs about Design Phase

Blogs about Design Phase

  • ENGINEERING: mindset, not a profession!

    Mike Brojak

    Some people love technology, some are not interested. Ever been at a party or other gathering where the moment someone says they’re an Engineer, you either have an instant burst of interest and a mental note “I’ve got to have a chat with her/him” or you barely skip this person’s introduction waiting for the next one? This is the barometer for your Engineering mindset


    • Batman’s Raspberry Pi Hack, true Internet of Things?


      Ok so you got this far, kudos. We all get a bit of a tizzy on when batman flashes tech across the big screen, or your hand held device, and start thinking “could that happen, how do you make one of those?” and start to lose the plot. And we have all spent time with a Pi or Arduino ( other boards are available) trying to change some basics, but maybe we are looking through the wrong end of the telescope app.


      • Hardware Accelerators for Startups


        Establishing a startup is difficult but establishing a hardware startup brings its own set of challenges. Not only do you have to do the normal market research, you have to establish connections and, crucially, you have to design and manufacture a prototype. Mint Tek recently reviewed a blog by a local hardware startup about these challenges.


        • What is a Printed Circuit Board?


          A Printed Circuit Board or PCB is essentially a board that connects electronic components. It is the basic building block of any electronic design and has developed over the years into a very sophisticated component This post looks at the evolution of the Printed Circuit Board.


          • RF Communication and the Internet of Things – Part 3

            Bill Marshall

            In Part 1 I talked about the calculation of a Link Budget in order to determine the transmitter power and receiver sensitivity required to communicate over a given range. Part 2 showed how noise and interference levels determine the maximum data rate achievable. Now in the third part we’ll look at some of the other interesting jargon phrases such as ‘Data Whitening’ and ‘Spread-Spectrum’ found on wireless chip/module data sheets. All that follows refers to coding of the baseband signal before modulation onto an RF carrier. This stuff may seem a bit nerdy if all you want to do set up a home WiFi system. But should you want to start developing something of your own, then some knowledge of what the jargon means will help you make basic design decisions and avoid buying a lot of useless hardware.