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What is new in sensors over the last 12 months

Airbag Crash Sensors STMicroelectronics has introduced two central airbag crash sensors to expand its portfolio of crash sensors, airbag system ICs, and safety microcontrollers, creating a complete airbag-electronics kit that supports the...

How Microcontrollers are Getting Better and Better

A microcontroller (MCU) designed for development by software engineers is not a bad idea. Considering that the current system design team mix at many design houses has a good share of...

Microstrip Antenna and Their Applications

  Antenna is one of the critical components in any wireless communication system. The word ‘antenna’ is derived from Latin word ‘antemna.’ Since the first demonstration of wireless technology by Heinrich Hertz...

Electronics In Cars

JULY 2009: Necessity is the mother of invention. If you peep into the history, you would realise that cars were originally made of only mechanical parts, but today electronics constitute a...

Hall Effect Sensors: Big Things in Small Packages

  Since its introduction several years ago, the Hall effect sensor has captured the imagination of design engineers. Being solidstate, it is a more reliable approach than electromechanical counterparts. Since the Hall...

What’s New In The Latest Microcontrollers?

Targeting the simple application tier, microcontroller (MCU) vendors continue to drive their products to break new limits of cost, current drain and size, while adding features to ease development, hoping to...

Size, Power And Multiple Constellations Driving GNSS Solutions

In your smartphone you have a miniature GPS receiver, which has a long story behind it. When the first tracking system became operational in 1995, it was as big as a...

Watchdog Timer for Robust Embedded Systems

In a complex embedded system, a small bug may crash the whole system, or worse, put it into a dangerous operating mode. Bugs are not the only problem. A perfectly-designed-and-tested device...

RED PITAYA – An All-in-One Oscilloscope, Function Generator, Spectrum & Frequency Analyser

We are in the era of mobiles, gadgets and instruments that are portable, packed with lot of features, have web connectivity and available at a very economical price point. Pick up...

Conformal Coating for PCB-Based Electronic Circuits

Before electronic circuits based on printed circuit boards (PCBs) found their advent in industrial applications, electrical conductor wires were protected against short-circuits by applying a coating based on organic resin. With...