Unanswered Questions

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Understanding cause of arcing in AC filter circuit

I have an induction hot-plate that one day blew a fuse in my distribution panel when plugging it in. (With the obligatory smoke from the device of course...) On visual inspection, only the AC filter ...
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History of the MSP430

This question crossed my mind today. What is the history of the MSP430? When did it start, what did it evolve from, why was it made (i.e. what goals was it trying to achieve/what technical ...
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Unable to get bootloader working on custom PCB with AT32UC3L

I have designed a PCB for a client recently, everything is fine with the hardware and software (application is working as it is supposed to). Now we are facing the need to update the program inside ...
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NOP instruction after branch on ARMv7 Cortex M3

I'm interested, why for Cortex M3 microcontroller (stm32f103) compiler sometimes generates a NOP instruction after branch. And why it sometimes doesn't. For example: ...
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Digital data coming out of a cell phone headset mic?

I want to connect a sound board / mixing console / whatever-you-prefer-to-call-it to the headset jack of my Motorola Android phone. I know the typical TRRS pinout of Left/Right/Ground/Microphone, and ...
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Soldering BGA components DIY

If I understood correctly, current BGA components contain solder balls under the package. Do I still need additional solder paste to put on the board, or the amount of solder on the component contacts ...
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Implementation of AES algorithm using Systolic architecture

I need to generate a VLSI Systolic array to implement the AES encryption algorithm with key length of 128 bits. Following are the possible ways : Systolic for Key expansion Systolic in MixColumn ...
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How to disconnect voltage from BeagleBone Black expansion pins?

I'm trying to create a cape that will safely power my BeagleBone Black from my car's electrical system. The design I am using is based on the one from this answer. The circuit there suggests a simple ...
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Designing an optimal BPSK and/or QPSK transciever in SDR

I'm currently working on writing firmware for the modem on a cube satellite for my university's satellite team. My primary goal is to implement the data uplink & downlink. The RF system, ...
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How appropriate are the open source licences currently in use for inclusion of HDL cores in a commercial product?

HDL IP cores targeted towards ASICs, FPGAs or both are often very useful for adding functionality to a project quickly. Commercially licences cores are available from many sources for a range of ...
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Ground connection in differential signals

Do I need a ground connection when connecting differential signals between two systems? I was thinking this should not be needed, but how will common mode voltage at the receiving end behaves? ...
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Properly grounding 2 MCUs using I2C

I'm building a mechatronic system that consists of 1)XY Gantry controlled with PIC32 and a DIY motor shield and 2)control box with PIC24 three potentiometers + room for expansion, typically located ...
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Driving “Arcade CGA” monitor safely

I have some arcade machines which I build custom Linux PCs for. They all have 15khz monitors in them so I do some funky Linux stuff to output (what I think is) a correct signal to drive them. This is ...
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How to convert files from Cadence to Eagle CAD?

Is there any free software that can convert Cadence files (.dsn, .opj, .brd) into Eagle CAD files (.brd, .sch)?
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AHRS algorithm under continuous linear accelerations

I have tried several algorithms to get pitch, roll and yaw under continuous linear accelerations and vibrations (smaller than 0.4g, frequency lower than 10HZ). None of them give good results because ...

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