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Detailed reviews and guides on how to go about buying various equipment, tools, software and the like!

Modelling With Modelica In OpenModelica

You are trying to rig up a simple circuit. A signal source, power supply and a few passive components are all you need. I am sure you would prefer simulating it...

Selecting Appropriate Rooftop Solar Panels

India is blessed with abundant sunshine for most of the year. Switching to solar energy is therefore an extremely logical option. Solar energy is more economical and environment-friendly as compared to...

Protocol: Seven Attributes of Highly Effective Scopes

It is difficult to find a design that does not include one or more lower-speed serial buses such as JTAG, I2C, SPI, CAN, LIN, FlexRay, RS-232, Mil-std 1553 or a proprietary...

Selecting An Electric Motor And Drive System

Electric motors and drives are important components of industrial automation. Their selection therefore is an important step in the process of building an automated system. You as a buyer must know...

Electric: From Schematic To IC Layout

The moment you talk about electronic design automation tools, the mind jumps to the big three—Synopsys, Cadence and Mentor Graphics. While these perform your tasks more than perfectly, you need to...

RPM Measurement: Sensors and Techniques

Low-cost, high-value sensor options are available for revolutions-per-minute (RPM) measurement applications. Most of these sensors provide simple, reliable and inexpensive transducers for highly sophisticated control systems. Take a look at different...

Simulate Your PIC Microcontroller Using gpsim

In this article, we explore the features and advantages of gpsim by analysing the step-by-step procedure to simulate PIC microcontroller using this tool. Sneha Ambastha gpsim is a free software simulation tool for...

Ten Five-Star Brands Tested Ceiling Fans: All Energy-Efficient But Air Delivery Mostly Below Par

In India, ceiling fans are the largest end-use appliance in the residential sector. For so many of us from before the ‘coolers and air conditioners’ era, the ceiling fan was as...

Graphical Network Simulator that can Run on a Raspberry Pi

Here is a cool tool for learning and testing in a simulated environment. Use this open source and free tool to design and test your own network with various network hardware...

How Application-Specific Development Boards Help Designers

Using development boards to design a device makes the job simpler. While selecting the board, go for one that requires minimum changes for your application. However, for intense applications, something a...