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an IC manufacturer, best known for its extensive range of PIC microcontrollers, but also memory and analog function ICs. The term "microchip" is a legacy term for integrated ci…
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Questions about cable types, properties, ratings and construction.
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designed to use less power than their common counterparts. This is often a requirement because of limited available power, as in battery operated devices, or i…
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A system that may be electronic circuits or even software that uses control theory (principally differential equations) to control an output by monitoring various aspects of the system under control a…
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Consider instead more specific tags, e.g., dram, sram, flash
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Problems related to the connection of circuits to ground or earth references. Can affect safety, accuracy, reliability and interfacing.
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A device which controls the voltage and current being delivered to a capacitor or battery.
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Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) refers to the way components are mounted on a PCB: SMDs (Surface-Mounted Devices) have pins or contacts which lay on top of the PCB's pads, without the need for holes in…
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A multiplexer selects one of two (or more) inputs based on a control input. It then outputs the selected input.
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a DC motor type that uses an electronic inverter/switching circuit to energize the motor coils in a sequence (based on the detected rotor position) in order to rotate…
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A circuit which allows power to be applied to a load in either direction. Often used for reversible motor control.
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A popular manufacturer of FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) and CPLDs (Complex Programmable Logic Devices).
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More than one of a thing, performing the same task simultaneously
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the ability of a body to store an electrical charge
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Thermal energy; where it comes from, and how to keep it from damaging components
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Questions about programming parts (FPGAs, Flash, etc.) Many software programming questions should be asked instead on Stack Overflow.
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"Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor" is a process which implements a combination of PMOS and NMOS transistors. Most current digital logic is implemented in CMOS. Its cost-effectiveness due to be…
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Single universal measurement device that can be used to measure voltage [V] and current [A] in both AC and DC, as well as resistance [Ω]. Often many other ranges are available like frequency [Hz], dut…
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part of AC to DC conversion. A half-wave rectifier keeps only the positive part of the signal. A full-wave rectifier also keeps the negative part, but flips it to make it positive too.
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An application field of electronics that requires high reliability and fail-safe systems. Application can vary widely in temperature ranges and a wide voltage range, typically 12v (or 24v) while off a…
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A length of conductive material used as a conductor of electricity.
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a device that generates electricity from mechanical energy via different energy sources such as heat or kinetic energy of water.
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the analysis, interpretation and manipulation of signals
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An electronic component that sources current - if it sinks current it is called a current sink but both devices (sinks and sources) can be called sources. An IDEAL current source will supply current …
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mechanically-adjustable special-type variable resistor with 3 legs and it is used as a potential-divider. (It is not a meter at-all, but got the name from its historical ancestor which was a meter.)
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electromagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths than those of visible light at 0.74 micrometres (µm) to 300 µm, which is extends the nominal red edge of the visible spectrum.
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Ancillary circuitry added to a design that provides protection of the main circuitry to enable the main circuits continuing functioning. In some cases the protection circuitry is sacrificial, being d…
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the strength of an electric current in Amperes (Sometimes shortened to Amps).
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a low-cost Wi-Fi chip/module with UART connections and a built-in TCP/IP stack.
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an integrated circuit that elaborates information in the form of digital signals. Not to be confused with a microcontroller, which embeds many additional devices to control embed…
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Act of measuring voltage
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an acronym for general purpose input/output. The term is typically applied to a pin on a microcontroller (or other device) that may be changed between an input and output under software contro…
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Differential refers to any kind of signaling where the signal information is carried by two or more paths and both are required to properly reconstruct the signal. For example, USB D+ and D-
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A comparator compares two voltages or currents and switches an output to indicate which is larger.
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Involving or pertaining to a circuit or device that is intended to be operated with cells or batteries (as opposed to mains power, for example).
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A type of bipolar transistor comprised of n-type semiconductor in contact with p-type semiconductor which in turn is in contact with a n-type semiconductor -> thus NPN. The transistor has three termi…