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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.

Windows 10 update gobbles up disk space

How can Microsoft plan to achieve "Windows 10 on 1 billion devices" in the absence of a reasonable means for low-end system owners to upgrade to and maintain it? Read More...

Valencell and Jabra team up to create the most accurate wireless earbud device

Next generation earbuds are going truly wireless to provide accurate and convenient health insights during your workout. Read More...

Teardown: What killed this LED bulb?

A failed 60W-equivalent A19 LED light bulb provided an intriguing teardown opportunity, but what caused the failure? Read More...

Tele-haptics provide opportunity for VR and AR innovators

Virtual and augmented reality are making enormous strides, which must be complemented by equally enormous haptic feedback innovation to make the experience truly interactive and immersive. Read More...

Did Apple offer enough to make you upgrade?

The most recent updates to Apple's iPhone and Watch products may not be enough to compel users to upgrade just yet. Read More...

Teardown: A tiny camera drone

Is it worth it to upgrade to a drone with a 0.3 Mpixel image sensor-and-lens assembly, mated to a microSD flash memory card slot? Read More...

USB Power Delivery: Compliance is essential

USB Power Delivery has many aspects that include protocols, sourcing, and sinking. Compliance test assures that your product will properly deliver and receive power. Read More...

Product quirk almost takes down NAS

A recommended means of ascertaining block size in order to take advantage of a ReadyNAS devices’ online expansion can take out the device. Read More...

Teardown: Today’s ATSC converter box

Several ICs from previously unknown (at least to this engineer) companies form the silicon foundation of a multi-branded ATSC PVR reference design. Read More...

Tesla's Autopilot: setting expectations ... or not

Fully autonomous driving may be the future, but it's definitely not the present, and Tesla’s branding is causing dangerous situations. Read More...

"Digital" sundial: ancient clock gets clever upgrade

Even this oldest of time-indicating instruments can be upgraded to "digital," but in a very non-obvious, non-electronic way. Read More...

Microsoft's take on simplification: The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

Google doesn't have an exclusive on simplistic cloud-centric computing, or so Microsoft would like us to believe. So how does the sub-$200 Windows 10-based Acer Aspire One Cloudbook stack up? Read More...

Teardown: Inside Toshiba's Chromebook 2

An exposed screw presented an opportunity this engineer couldn’t resist. What's inside Toshiba's high definition display-enhanced Chromebook? Read More...

Software upgrade exhaustion

The unrelenting software upgrade cycle can cause severe fatigue, but you need to keep your systems from being buggy and feature-deficient. What's a poor engineer to do? Read More...

Checking in on Google's Chrome OS

The promise of pending Android application support, along with a significant discount from the original MSRP on a refurb unit, tempts this engineer to go "once more unto the breach" with Google's Chrome OS. Read More...

Teardown: Bluetooth controller for low-cost VR

You can get VR on a budget with a smartphone, an inexpensive Google Cardboard headset, and an even more inexpensive Bluetooth controller ... if the controller works. Read More...

The Moto 360: Premature obsolescence out of design necessity?

Smart watch batteries can’t be user-replaceable without impacting their water resistance, size, and weight, which causes premature obsolescence when battery life issues occur. Read More...

Wireless networking will cover the world

The next 60 years in wireless will be more exciting than the last 60 years, with everything from 10G to intrusion tolerant networks and photonic Li-Fi. 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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Valencell and Jabra team up to create the most accurate wireless earbud device

Next generation earbuds are going truly wireless to provide accurate and convenient health insights during your workout. Read More...

Wireless transmitter is QI-certified

The bq501210 is a WPC V1.2-compliant wireless power transmitter from Texas Instruments that delivers up to 15 W. Read More...

Bluetooth module enhances IoT security

Laird’s BLE652 Bluetooth V4.2 and NFC certified radio module offers robust security and easy programming for enterprise IoT applications. Read More...

Stereo audio chips leverage Bluetooth V4.2

Microchip’s IS206X family of audio SoC devices and modules is qualified for Bluetooth V4.2 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) links. Read More...

Kit demos multimode wireless charger

EPC’s 9121 wireless power-charging demonstration system simplifies the evaluation process of using eGaN FETs and ICs for multimode charging. Read More...

IC manages battery power in wearables

Highly integrated, the STBC02 chip from STMicroelectronics embeds numerous features for energy management in wearable and portable devices. Read More...

Tiny motion sensor fits wearable devices

Bosch Sensortec’s BMX160 is a 9-axis motion sensor touted as the smallest in the industry for wearable and augmented/virtual-reality devices. Read More...

Another strong voice chimes in for remote control

Voice control is ever increasing in popularity and the technology is now moving further towards ubiquity with Texas Instrument’s voice remote control solution. Read More...

Portable e-car charger leverages SiC MOSFETs

Thirty-two SiC MOSFETs from STMicroelectronics perform efficient power conversion in the ZapCharger portable electric-car charging station. Read More...

SAG taps STMicro for IoT NFC tags

STMicroelectronics and Securitag Assembly Group (SAG) have announced a tiny NFC ferrite tag based on the ST25 NFC tag IC for IoT applications. Read More...

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...

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Teardown: A tiny camera drone

Is it worth it to upgrade to a drone with a 0.3 Mpixel image sensor-and-lens assembly, mated to a microSD flash memory card slot? Read More...

Teardown: Today’s ATSC converter box

Several ICs from previously unknown (at least to this engineer) companies form the silicon foundation of a multi-branded ATSC PVR reference design. Read More...

Teardown: Inside Toshiba's Chromebook 2

An exposed screw presented an opportunity this engineer couldn’t resist. What's inside Toshiba's high definition display-enhanced Chromebook? Read More...

Teardown: Bluetooth controller for low-cost VR

You can get VR on a budget with a smartphone, an inexpensive Google Cardboard headset, and an even more inexpensive Bluetooth controller ... if the controller works. Read More...

Apple MacBook gets a new battery

Replacing a laptop's built-in battery often isn't hard, and can tangibly extend its usable life, just make sure you've got decent tools and instructions on your hands. Read More...

Teardown: A tiny drone and its controller

See what you get when you spend $10 on a tiny drone. Read More...

Teardown: Buggy software brings down hardware

WD showed its design chops on the My Net N900 router's hardware, but the software wasn't similarly up to the task. Read More...

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...

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The next 60 years in consumer electronics

As we celebrate 60 years of EDN, we look forward to the overarching themes and specific technologies that will be the future of consumer electronics. Read More...

10 drones you’ll want to own

Drones are the hottest thing in consumer electronics at the moment, and they're increasingly inexpensive as more suppliers enter the market, so which one(s) should you get? Read More...

What level of smartphone should you buy?

To understand the differences between phones and ranges of phones, see how the Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy A9, and Huawei Mate 8 compare. Read More...

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...

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Windows 10 update gobbles up disk space

How can Microsoft plan to achieve "Windows 10 on 1 billion devices" in the absence of a reasonable means for low-end system owners to upgrade to and maintain it? Read More...

Tele-haptics provide opportunity for VR and AR innovators

Virtual and augmented reality are making enormous strides, which must be complemented by equally enormous haptic feedback innovation to make the experience truly interactive and immersive. Read More...

Did Apple offer enough to make you upgrade?

The most recent updates to Apple's iPhone and Watch products may not be enough to compel users to upgrade just yet. Read More...

Product quirk almost takes down NAS

A recommended means of ascertaining block size in order to take advantage of a ReadyNAS devices’ online expansion can take out the device. Read More...

Tesla's Autopilot: setting expectations ... or not

Fully autonomous driving may be the future, but it's definitely not the present, and Tesla’s branding is causing dangerous situations. Read More...

"Digital" sundial: ancient clock gets clever upgrade

Even this oldest of time-indicating instruments can be upgraded to "digital," but in a very non-obvious, non-electronic way. Read More...

Microsoft's take on simplification: The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

Google doesn't have an exclusive on simplistic cloud-centric computing, or so Microsoft would like us to believe. So how does the sub-$200 Windows 10-based Acer Aspire One Cloudbook stack up? Read More...

Software upgrade exhaustion

The unrelenting software upgrade cycle can cause severe fatigue, but you need to keep your systems from being buggy and feature-deficient. What's a poor engineer to do? Read More...

Checking in on Google's Chrome OS

The promise of pending Android application support, along with a significant discount from the original MSRP on a refurb unit, tempts this engineer to go "once more unto the breach" with Google's Chrome OS. Read More...

The Moto 360: Premature obsolescence out of design necessity?

Smart watch batteries can’t be user-replaceable without impacting their water resistance, size, and weight, which causes premature obsolescence when battery life issues occur. Read More...

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