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Trying to identify threaded round 2-way power connector on a radio

I'm trying to find a power connector for a Maxon DM200 Mobitex radio terminal. As far as I'm aware, the part of he manufacturer who made this radio closed down some years ago, and there's no support ...
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How to implement critical sections on ARM Cortex A9

I am porting some legacy code from an ARM926 core to CortexA9. This code is baremetal and does not include an OS or standard libraries, all custom. I am having a failure that appears to be related ...
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Old equipment to identify

I volunteer at the Dauphin Railway Museum in Manitoba, where we recently received a donation of equipment collected by CNCP Telecommunications in the 1970s and earlier. Most has been identified, ...
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Increasing the compliance voltage range for a variable, two-quadrant constant current pin-driver circuit

The following is for hobbyist work and I have no commercial intentions at all. Only a handful (two?) will be built. (I use these for part testing and curve generation, though with the higher voltage ...
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DRC tool for Gerber files

Do you know any tools which perform design rule checking for Gerber files of PCB and are suitable for using in batch mode on a remote server? Something similar to what BatchPCB or FreeDFM uses (I ...
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Practical ways to obtain Bode plots for an unknown circuit

I want to use a practical method/way where I can obtain roughly the Bode plot of a system especially a filter. This of course can be done by using complex math or implementing the circuit in a SPICE ...
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Failure of LEDs in the wet — what's going on at the semiconductor level?

Recently I've come across two very different LEDs that have failed due to a soaking, but with interesting and almost identical failure behaviour. I'd like to understand what's going on inside. Once ...
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The use of redundant I2C in spacecraft avionics

I recently read this report about the JPL x2000 avionics development project, which developed more modular avionics platform using commercial silicon, to cut cost and power. They opted for an ...
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FSInit() - “CE_BAD_PARTITION”

I am using a PIC18F26K80 and an XC8 compiler. I am trying to initialise an SD card and create a file. I have simply formatted the SD card on Windows to have a "FAT32" file system and an "Allocation ...
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Is it really necessary to manually clear the XMEGA timer overflow interrupt flag?

As some of you may know, Atmel provides a software framework (mainly as part of Atmel Studio) that provides drivers and examples and is updated on a more or less regular basis. In a recent update ...
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Flash memory data retention time

I'd like to buy one of those after market Android car head/infotainment units. But I don't think there's a way to reinstall the system software if it gets corrupted, so I'm concerned about how long ...
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Minimizing(optimizing) digital logic circuit with multiplexer(s)

(this by the way was an exam question) For \$F = \sum m(2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13)\$, I am trying to implement a digital logic circuit using only the following: 2:1 MUX (cost: 12, and must use at least one ...
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Simulate Earthing in LTSpice

I wan to simulate earthing or frame ground which is separate from circuit GND in LTSpice. I want to simulate line filter using Y capacitors C2 and C3 in the below image. See below image for clarity. ...
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How to design a circuit starting from a block diagram?

I am struggling with the following self-study problem, taken from The Analysis and Design of Linear Circuits (8th edition). There are two things that shock me from this problem. We need to get a ...
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Routing large RF trace to small SMD pad

I am designing an RF board in Altium where due to the dielectric selected and its thickness, the trace width for a 50 ohm characteristic impedance is thicker than some of the SMD component pads. What ...

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