Components are the most basic elements in an electronic circuit. Characteristic is that they're in a single package. There are passive and active components, from as simple as a zero -ohm resistor to as complex as a multi-billion transistor IC.

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LTspice: How to convert .asc file to netlist?

Using LTspice I can create .asc files which contain the information about my circuit. Is there a way to convert this information to a netlist? I am looking for a ...
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interface component for screwing to make electric contact

Is there a component that allows you to stack two PCB on top of each other and screw them together to make electric contact? Thanks!
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What is the name of this “plastic wire loop”?

Someone told me that it is called wire loop. I want to buy it, but I could not find it using wire loop as keyword
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Code on capacitors

I accidentally let the magic smoke out of two (tantalum?) capacitors, one on an Arduino-based board and one on an RF reciever. Apparently they don't like being hooked up backwards. :-) For the ...
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What is this component (probably a shock/vibration sensor)?

The other day I received a promotional wrist band from a convention booth -- it has two LEDs that flash when you jostle it. I removed the guts to see how it works, and here is what I found: Most of ...
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What type of transformer is this?

I have a design project for my electrical engineering class where I'm designing a signal tracer akin to Tripplett's Fox and Hound series. For a reference, I tested the output of a commercial tone ...
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Can current flow in one circuit complete another circuit?

I have two circuits C1 and C2. The power supply for C1 is much lower-powered than the power supply for C2. How can I have C1 switch on C2? I'm fairly new to circuitry, but I imagine I'm looking for a ...
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1N34 / 1N270 obsolete

When I search for 1N34 on Mouser I get nothing, and when I search for 1N270 diode I only find a note that it is obsolete. What is now used in place of this part?
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Inductor specifications for AM circuits

I am working with the book "Build Your Own Transistor Radios" by Ronald Quan in which he has a lot of AM projects. I am having a hard time figuring out what I need to buy from his specifications. For ...
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Finding/figuring out pin configuration on undocumented components

I recently purchased an assorted set of LCD/LED displays, and inside there were a set of components which I cannot find a datasheet for upon googling the component number. For instance in the ...
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How to extract the motor that spins at a very high speed in a dvd drive? [closed]

According to this, this and this, I gather that there must be a motor inside a CD/DVD Reader/Writer which makes the CD/DVD spin at a very high speed. I have two old working drives and I want that ...
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What is this component in the picture?

I am building a "DIY Cellphone" project (http://2loo.com/ax). I have ordered all the components in the Bill Of Materials (http://2loo.com/ay). I put together almost everything when I stumbled upon a ...
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What components are these?

I usually buy electronics components at an online surplus store and they usually throw in the box some more goodies to pack what you order. I bought a multi section plastic contanier and it was ...
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Electronics Schematics Reading [closed]

I'm an electrical engineering student in college and am very confused about some things in electronics. I have a pretty good idea of how basic electronics components work but im have trouble with ...
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How do I replace a CdS sensor in a circuit with an ALS replacement?

I am wanting to replace a resistor in a 555 circuit with a light sensor, but don't want to use the traditional CdS cell. I'd like to use an ALS such as the Everlight ALS-PDT144-6C/L451. This is the ...
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Programming with ARM without microcontroller context [closed]

I want to make an application that will use ARM CPU. Am I bound to using microcontrollers? The thing is the microcontrollers that have ARM as a base are really big in physical size. Can I create a ...
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What is this tube thing? (Madcatz drum pedal)

Could someone help me out, I have no idea what this tube-like thing is. This is from a Madcatz Xbox360 drum kit pedal. The pedal stopped working and I opened the it up and found just this tube thing ...
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How to find info on part efficiently?

I'm not exactly a novice to electronics, but my problem is closely related, and I still feel like a complete newbie at those times. I have no problem sourcing parts for new projects. Part of that is ...
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How to break components in SPICE?

I've been learning SPICE over the past few days, using the LTSPICE program. One thing that just escapes me, is how exactly do we know when a component's absolute maximum ratings have been exceeded? ...
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Effects of a subwoofer on computer components [closed]

Ok so here's a question that I've only seen asked once, what are (if any) the adverse effects of having a subwoofer included in a PC case mod? The Backstory: I've got an OK case. Looks nice, has cool ...
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Advantages of Isolated DC-DC Converter over non-isolated?

I am trying to understand in what type of situation I will need an isolated DC-DC converter instead of a non-isolated one. What are the design criteria that can lead one to one way or another? In my ...
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Maximum temperatures electronic components can withstand in low pressure molding

Maybe someone has experience in this field. I'd like to overmold a PCBA, which has SMT components, with a low pressure molding process. I am concerned about the temperature of the hotmelt material ...
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Power LEDs from wall outlet without transformer plug?

I want to power part of an LED strip like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Lighting-EVER-Flexible-Waterproof-Ultimate/dp/B005JR1NUU ... from a standard US wall outlet. I don't want to use a bulky ...
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Whats the name of a BMW iDrive type of encoder? [closed]

I am looking for a component that some people call a 7 way encoder switch. Basically, if you look at the center piece of the BMW iDrive, its that. It's a knob looking piece that if you turn to the ...
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What is this inductive component?

I was salvaging a printer and found like three of these components: To me they look like a solenoid, but it seems to have a switch-looking lever at the end and a round piece of metal at the end. ...
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“Remove After Washing” on Piezo Buzzer

Maybe this is a stupid question, but here goes: I just got a piezo buzzer and on the top there is a sticker that says "Remove After Washing". My question is why would I ever want to wash an ...
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what parts are needed on my PCB for bluetooth? [closed]

Too broad. So let me try to rephrase it: I want to make a Bluetooth module. The only function I want is for it to connect to a mobile device and check battery life (but don't be concerned with the ...
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What's the name of this component (Mechanical Switch?)

I am searching for the name of this electronic component (and a place to buy it): It is some kind of mechanical switch. When nothing pushes against the platic triangle, the switch is closed. I have ...
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Why are there only four passive elements?

I've read that there are four types of passive elements: resistances, capacitors, inductors and memristors. The memristor was predicted 30 years before it was produced. But why couldn't you invent ...
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What seven segment display do I have? [closed]

I'm having a surprisingly hard time figuring out which seven segment display I have on a board I'm looking at. It is common anode, as there is one pin tied directly to Vcc. It's like this, except ...
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Component polarity markings [closed]

Ok, I have my capacitor 4700 mikes should more than do the trick. I have my diode, soldering iron, jumpers and leads. Then I realized its been so long since I've installed solid state components I ...
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How can I maintain a fix voltage until my battery is almost dead?

I am experimenting with a simple circuit. I have an Arduino board, a proto-board and an IR sensor (that uses electricity from the Arduino board). I use a 9V battery to feed the Arduino. My problem ...
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Phase Difference

$$i_1 = sin(wt +45^0) $$ $$ i_2 = -sin(wt +60^0)$$ Question : what is the phase difference dows i1 lead i2 My method 1 ) Eliminate minus sign that is i2 = sin(wt + 60 + 180 ) = sin(wt + 240 ) ...
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What exactly gets “worn out” and damaged by heat?

Its quite common knowledge that heat is bad for electronics. That constantly high temperature decreases the expected lifetime of computer parts even if it's not overheating per se. If, for example, ...
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Is it possible to “record” an electric signal sent from a PC motherboard to the old “buzzer”? [closed]

First of all, sorry if I use the wrong terminology. I would like to know if it's possible (and how) to record the signal that a motherboard sends to the buzzer (the internal speaker), so that I can ...
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What is this inductor looking (RF) component?

This PCB antenna circuitry supposedly is able to transmit on both 406MHz and 121.5 MHz. I can clearly see a micro-strip printed antenna. ...
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What are those “cheap” parts kits made of

I hope this will not be categorized as buying related question because my question is not really on should I buy this or this. I usually find some parts kits, usually resistor/capacitors/trimpots, ...
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PCB component with abbreviation SR1

I have a laptop battery pack with a fried component (visually fried) that has the appearance of a large surface mount resistor (only 2 connectors). It has the PCB abbreviation next to it of "SR1" ...
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AN7323 what does it do? [closed]

Does anybody know what this chip does? I can't find a datasheet I think it is a ADC and could use it a lot, if it is. But need a sheet :P
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How to design a schematic diagram of amplifier that can drive 8 ohms 0.25 Watts speaker? [closed]

I have here a schematic diagram for amplifier that drives a 0.025watts 8ohms speaker. But what I need is an amplifier that drives a 0.25 watts 8 ohms speaker. So, here are my concerns: How can I ...
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How should I detach those kinds of components on my motherboard? [closed]

How should I detach both components linked by white, blue and red wires from the computer motherboard on the attached picture? Just pulling them? Indeed, I don't want to damage them.
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In a tristate buffer which transition time should be larger

I was having a doubt related to tristate buffers. I know that a tristate buffer allows an output port to assume a high impedance state in addition to the 0 and 1 logic levels, effectively removing the ...
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Building a simple PC - looking for a CPU [closed]

I would like to build a computer. It is a child's dream that I had and now that I am at college, I finally gain the knowledge I need. I want it to be simple. I admire the early designs of 1990's ...
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Microcontroller Protection

I used microcontroller for wireless application. Problems arise when I put the microcontroller in high rainfall areas. The microcontroller is often damaged by lightning. How to protect data lines ...
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How to find equivalent components?

Vendor doesn't have the following components: MOSFETs:    P-channel MOSFET    IRF9Z34N    N-channel MOSFET   IRLZ24N ...
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Moisture Senstive Devices - Shelf Life

I have a bag of DAC7512N digital to analog converter from TI. They are still sealed in the original packing, however the caution notes denote "calculated shelf life in sealed bag: 24 months" and the ...
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Component libraries for schematic and layout design

I've got much difficulties to find the footprint for the components I have in hand: They don't have name (I buy them at somewhere similar to flea markets). Therefore, their proper footprints are ...
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Manufacturing a device from off-the-shelf components [closed]

I pursue an experimental project that comprises the development of a car GPS navigation unit and software for it. We develop and test the software on a working laptop-based prototype which has a ...
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How to find Junk yards

I want to find junk yards to get components, transformers etc. When I search google, all I see is "we buy junk" How can I find where the junk is like broken microwaves, tv's etc? I live near ...
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Measuring Distance using Phase Shift

I'm trying to make a pair of devices which can measure their distance from each other (within 50 ft., irrespective of orientation). The basics of a robust solution are described in this comment, but I ...