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A resources site and community for engineers involved in the design and development of consumer home or mobile electronics hardware and software.  Find design tips, new product information and discussion on consumer audio, video, multimedia, gaming, communications, computing, and home appliances.

Teardown: Inside a DSL gateway

An aversion to integrated gateways presents a teardown opportunity and a good look at the PCB that makes the unit go. Read More...

Android vs iOS: A revisit of Windows vs Mac OS X

Like Microsoft's Windows, and unlike both Apple's iOS and Mac OS X, Google's Android offers a comparative abundance of both user-accessible settings and applications—a situation with both comparative strengths and shortcomings. Read More...

Browser suffers from JavaScript-creep disease

Browsing on Firefox has gotten slower, even as my broadband connection has gotten faster. JavaScript bloat is the likely culprit. Read More...

Keeping customers in a legacy business

When your legacy business is faced with potential obsolescence due to an upstart alternative, treat your remaining loyal customers like royalty, not dirt. Read More...

Teardown: 12V AC adapters – The Horror

A dark side of Chinese manufacturing is uncovered in this teardown of really bad power supplies. Read More...

Apple’s Chipgate highlights semiconductor process variances

Semiconductor process variances and other technology nuances have now become front-page news in the mainstream press. How should you handle them, should they strike your company and its products? Read More...

Apple vs FBI: When privacy and safety collide

Where do you weigh in on Apple’s refusal to unlock the iPhone for the FBI? Read More...

Switching from iOS to Android

A dead iPhone 4S prompts a migration to an Android handset. See how it’s going so far. Read More...

Exclusive: Apple secretly working on “backdoor” phone access

Here's an inside look at the backdoor techniques now under consideration by Apple. Read More...

Foxconn gains Sharp’s LCD technology and manufacturing capacity

Apple partner Foxconn Technology will take control of Sharp Corporation, one of Japan’s major electronics brands. Read More...

Home automation control on the go

WeMo home automation technology is a bit pricey, and doesn't offer "power user" features, but its ease of use is certainly appealing to the masses. Read More...

Apple's "Let Us Loop You In" not exactly surprising

Although there were no big surprises in Monday's Apple intro event thanks to supply chain and developer leaks, the event wasn't completely drama-free. Read More...

Teardown: FLO TV didn’t fail because of its hardware

In addition to its impressive electronics integration, the PTV350 personal TV receiver contains one of most solid hinges ever experienced in a device like this. Read More...

Could test and measurement crack Farook's iPhone?

Test and measurement may be essential to reading the data on Farook’s iPhone. The idea of a massively parallel hack is explored. Read More...

What might we expect from the next Apple event?

What hardware and software updates will Apple be looping you in on at its event next week? Here are some possibilities. Read More...

Spirent TestCenter adds WLAN capability

New test capability lets you emulate access points to entire networks. Read More...

Smartphone makers’ path to continued success

At MWC 2016, smartphone makers offered up mid-range and low-end handsets, unique features, and even some virtual reality as a response to plateauing smartphone demand. Read More...

MWC was everything I thought it would be (and more)

New silicon, handset, and other announcements were abundant in Barcelona again this year. How'd reality stack up against pre-show predictions? Read on for the details. Read More...

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Bad-bulb finder fixes Christmas lights

15 years later, here’s a new take on one of our most popular Design Ideas ever! Read More...

Hybrid vacuum tube/solid-state audio power amplifier

An audio power amp design that combines vacuum tube input circuitry with solid-state output and feedback components. Read More...

Low-duty-cycle LED flasher keeps power draw at 4 mW

In situations where a low-duty-cycle blinking indicator provides an adequate indication of the power being turned on, this simple circuit should prove useful. Read More...

Signal-powered switch connects devices

Use a switch to selectively connect a terminal, personal computer, or any other originating device to one of four receivers. Read More...

Send MIDI signals over long distances

A single Category 5 cable links MIDI devices up to 100m away. Read More...

Passive-detector receiver keeps you informed, entertained during flights

Receive HF AM signals without battery power. Read More...

Circuit combines power supply and audio amplifier

This circuit can help if you must transfer DC power and audio over one pair of copper wires. Read More...

Video emitter uses battery power

This hows how to make a cable-free, direct-video system. You can use the small and simple system each time you need to capture image and sound on the run. Read More...

Circuit eliminates PC echoes

Long-distance-telephone services available via the Internet often require the PC user to wear headphones of a headset to prevent echo caused by the microphone's picking up the loudspeaker outputs. The circuit in Figure 1 eliminates the echo while using the existing PC microphone and speakers for a comfortable conversation. Read More...

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MEMS sensors empower smart phones

Low-power 6-axis inertial modules from STMicroelectronics, the LSM6DSL and LSM6DSM, pack a 3-D digital accelerometer and gyroscope. Read More...

TVS device protects NFC and RF interfaces

The single-line RClamp1851ZA from Semtech has a working voltage of 18 V for use on NFC resonator and RF circuits without signal clipping. Read More...

Conexant takes sound and voice control to the next level

New audio solutions announced at CES 2016 will be important in the growing smart home industry. Read More...

NFC transponder teams with automotive SoCs

A dynamic NFC transponder from Texas Instruments, the RF430CL330H-Q1, is AEC-Q100-qualified for use in automotive infotainment systems. Read More...

Development ecosystem secures wearables

STMicroelectronics’ product-development ecosystem simplifies the design-in of stronger security for mobile transactions. Read More...

Mini Bluetooth Smart module advances IoT designs

Packing an SoC with an ARM 32-bit Cortex M0 CPU, Fujitsu’s MBH7BLZ07 Bluetooth Smart module is approximately 50% smaller than its predecessor. Read More...

NAND flash devices target embedded designs

Leveraging a Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), Toshiba’s latest family of NAND flash memories consists of 12 devices at three densities. Read More...

XMetrics taps ST to create swim monitor

Tiny motion-sensing and data-processing chips from STMicroelectronics form the heart of XMetrics’ activity tracker for swimmers. Read More...

In-mold electronic inks enable control integration

DuPont Microcircuit Materials is launching a suite of in-mold electronic inks designed to help streamline electronic devices by reducing the need for rigid circuit boards. Read More...

Adapters employ USB Type-C connectors

Phihong’s AQ15 series of 15-W USB 3.1 wall-plug power adapters provides efficient charging for a wide range of consumer electronics. Read More...

LED controllers are digitally enhanced

Two analog power controllers from Microchip, the MCP19116 and MCP19117 enable intelligent, configurable, and accurate LED lighting. Read More...

LED control module offers touch dimming

A touch-operated dimming control module for constant-voltage indoor LED lighting, the PDA-DIM10A from Phihong delivers 10 A of output current. Read More...

Magnetic sensor fits mobile devices

The MMC3630KJ magnetometer from MEMSIC integrates a 3-axis AMR sensor and a signal conditioning ASIC into a 1.2×1.2×0.5-mm BGA package. Read More...

4.3-in. LCDs complement single-board computers

Future Designs has expanded its ELI family of embedded displays with 4.3-in. projected-capacitive and resistive touch-screen variants. Read More...

Press-fit reed sensor installs quickly

A Firecracker reed sensor with retaining ribs on the capsule, the 59040 from Littelfuse requires no attachment accessories for installation. Read More...

Boost converter prolongs battery life

The BD1865GWL DC/DC converter from Rohm delivers a 5-V output, even at input voltages as low as 2.5 V to extend battery life in portables. Read More...

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Teardown: Inside a DSL gateway

An aversion to integrated gateways presents a teardown opportunity and a good look at the PCB that makes the unit go. Read More...

Teardown: FLO TV didn’t fail because of its hardware

In addition to its impressive electronics integration, the PTV350 personal TV receiver contains one of most solid hinges ever experienced in a device like this. Read More...

Teardown: Amazon Dash Button keeps you connected

Amazon's Dash Button is the ultimate in consumer convenience and it costs only $4.99. So, how much hardware was Amazon able to squeeze into such a diminutive bill-of-materials budget? Read More...

Teardown: MoCA adapter succumbs to lightning strike

Another autumn brought another round of lightning-zapped electronics equipment. This time, an Actiontech MoCA adapter goes under the knife. Read More...

Teardown: Amazon's Echo voice-activated virtual assistant

Take a look inside Amazon’s Echo to see the PCBs and components that make the virtual assistant work. Read More...

Teardown: LED touch controllers & PSU

Look inside some low-cost LED touch controllers. Read More...

Teardown: A fitness tracker that drives chip demand

Smart fitness band? Smart watch? Microsoft's first-generation wearable includes an abundance of ICs and associated capabilities that make it a combination of both. Read More...

Teardown: WeMo Switch is highly integrated

As with many consumer electronics devices, Belkin's WeMo Switch home automation device is highly integrated and low cost from a bill-of-materials standpoint. Read More...

Teardown: Is the Mighty Charger a good investment?

Is a charger for alkaline batteries a good investment? And what internal circuitry helps it accomplish this objective? This review and teardown project attempts to answer both questions. Read More...

Teardown: Bluetooth audio dongle keeps it simple

Stereo Bluetooth audio streaming support can easily and inexpensively be added to many systems via an external adapter such as the one analyzed in this teardown. Read More...

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CES 2016: It’s all about smartphones

Smartphones were at the center of many innovations at CES 2016. Read More...

NASA’s Mars Orion program featured at CES 2016

See where NASA’s plans for a mission to Mars stand with a look at its CES 2016 booth, featuring rockets, 3D printers, and robonauts. Read More...

Smartphone receiver to connect cars unveiled at CES 2016

Pioneer Electronics released AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) which brings the use of cloud and device sourced content from compatible iOS, Android, and MirrorLink-enabled devices to your car. Read More...

8 wearables beyond the Fitbit for health and fitness

Bluetooth, algorithms, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and more make these 8 wearables work for health and fitness. Read More...

CES Unveiled NY: What consumer electronics will 2016 bring?

See some of the up-and-coming consumer electronics that were on display at CES Unveiled, a preview event for CES 2016. Read More...

All you need to know about MIPI D’PHY RX

MIPI D’Phy, a physical serial communicating layer connecting the application processor to the display device or the camera, offers advantages as the physical layer. Learn about those and implementation here. Read More...

Sensors combinations make for more intelligent mobile devices

Smartphones can be remarkably dumb. Learn how sensor combinations can bring about more intelligent mobile devices. Read More...

Smart connectivity for the wearable revolution

This overview explores how connectivity solutions, including wireless power, antenna, contactless data, and other connectivity, will enable the customer to make wearables happen. Read More...

Constant-voltage topology and intelligent dimming drives LEDs efficiently

LEDs as light sources in luminaires seem an ideal match due to their high efficiency, small size, and greatly improved color quality, but incompatibilities between long-established TRIAC dimmers and the LED drivers has been a problem. New ICs with innovative topologies overcome these issues. Read More...

Designing a feedback ANC headset using AS3435

This article describes the development steps necessary to design a feedback ANC headset based on the AS3435 chipset. Read More...

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Engineer shares how to build an electric vehicle from the ground up -- Part 2: Build effort

See how one engineer shares built an electric vehicle from the ground up. Read More...

Android vs iOS: A revisit of Windows vs Mac OS X

Like Microsoft's Windows, and unlike both Apple's iOS and Mac OS X, Google's Android offers a comparative abundance of both user-accessible settings and applications—a situation with both comparative strengths and shortcomings. Read More...

The skinny on LED strips

Flexible LED strips open up fantastic lighting possibilities, but at least some of them have…issues. Read More...

Browser suffers from JavaScript-creep disease

Browsing on Firefox has gotten slower, even as my broadband connection has gotten faster. JavaScript bloat is the likely culprit. Read More...

Keeping customers in a legacy business

When your legacy business is faced with potential obsolescence due to an upstart alternative, treat your remaining loyal customers like royalty, not dirt. Read More...

Apple’s Chipgate highlights semiconductor process variances

Semiconductor process variances and other technology nuances have now become front-page news in the mainstream press. How should you handle them, should they strike your company and its products? Read More...

Apple vs FBI: When privacy and safety collide

Where do you weigh in on Apple’s refusal to unlock the iPhone for the FBI? Read More...

Switching from iOS to Android

A dead iPhone 4S prompts a migration to an Android handset. See how it’s going so far. Read More...

Exclusive: Apple secretly working on “backdoor” phone access

Here's an inside look at the backdoor techniques now under consideration by Apple. Read More...

Foxconn gains Sharp’s LCD technology and manufacturing capacity

Apple partner Foxconn Technology will take control of Sharp Corporation, one of Japan’s major electronics brands. Read More...

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