Systems Design

EDN Staff

A 50,000-foot view of system technological advancements, design tips and news that will give designers solid technical advice and information for robust system-level designs. This site also covers the latest board-level embedded hardware, development tools, and related software.

Wireless & IoT protocols & their security tradeoffs

How to choose amongst the various security options in a number of wireless & IoT protocols. Read More...

Too many clip leads? Make your own organizer

Sometimes, all you need is a little engineering and some household materials to solve a problem. Best of all, no software needed. Read More...

Improve RFID by killing noise

RFID is great technology, but noisy power and other aggressors can ruin performance. Use this trick to solve the problem, for RFID or any RF or sensitive subsystem. Read More...

Clocking high-throughput satellites

Engineers are mesmerised by the latest FPGAs and ADC/DACs, however, these need to be powered and clocked properly to deliver their specified performance. Read More...

Bench supplies sense loads, log data

Keysight's E36300 Series of power supplies feature output lists and a datalogger for controlling outputs and storing power measurements. Read More...

Analog or digital: Choose your oscilloscope inputs

The MSO5 series mixed-signal oscilloscopes from Tektronix provide 4, 6, or 8 flexible 12-bit analog inputs, but you can choose between analog logic inputs. Read More...

Double µC’s PWM frequency & resolution

Here’s a very simple way to increase PWM frequency and resolution. Read More...

Introducing the first 16 nm semiconductor for space applications

Just like the commercial world, FinFET technology offers a lot of potential for the space industry. The RT-ZU19EG will deliver 10× the performance of the V5QV FPGA consuming similar power in the same package. Read More...

Connected lighting may be the IoT killer app

Connected lighting is a huge potential market that might energize the IoT. Read More...

Tektronix enters VNA market with low-cost USB models

The Tektronix TTR500 series features two models with bandwidth to 3 GHz and 6 GHz. Read More...

Analyze noise with time, frequency, and statistics

Random processes such as noise and jitter are associated with all electronic circuit components. Noise can be characterized using digital oscilloscopes utilizing tools that operate in time, frequency and statistical domains. Read More...

Merging power and data: good, bad, or both?

Putting significant power onto an interconnect system originally intended for data is doable but brings both technical challenges and limitations which may be too difficult to overcome. Read More...

Connect signals to oscilloscopes, minimize errors

How you connect a circuit to an oscilloscope can have a significant effect on performance. Read More...

Want to know what's happening in embedded?

Some of the answers revealed in the forthcoming Embedded Markets Study webinar may surprise you. Read More...

Midrange oscilloscope provides 1 GHz bandwidth

The WaveSurfer 510 from Teledyne LeCroy also provides a league-leading 10 Gsamples/sec per channel sample rate. Read More...

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65,538-IC circuit adds 64k bits to RAM

Roll your own memory to achieve great advantages. Read More...

1-bit PROM programmer shows status

The intuitive user interface of this PROM programmer is bound to impress. Read More...

One wire controls LCD module

This one-wire LCD interface DI generates all the signals required to control the ubiquitous character display. Read More...

Line receiver provides self test

Use a quad differential comparator to provide adequate self-test for systems using line receivers for differential input signals. Read More...

AVR takes under 1µs to process quadrature encoder

A good example of tight interrupt coding to interface to a quadrature encoder. Read More...

Isolated USB-to-UART converter builds in 20 minutes for $20

This Design Idea describes a simple project that embedded developers will love for keeping their computers safe from rogue USB devices. Read More...

Software PLL syncs to line using moving-average filter

A software PLL with a jitter attenuator lends itself to AC-line filtering and many other applications. Read More...

Circuit gates pulse train without truncating

This Design Idea accomplishes asynchronous gating without the worry of shortened pulses. Read More...

3 pins, 3 LEDs, 3 buttons

This LED multiplexing scheme allows for switches in the matrix too. Read More...

Facilitate oscilloscope debug of small microcontroller systems

A probe-to-the-metal approach is often the best way to debug a small µC system, and here’s some code to help out. Read More...

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Bench supplies sense loads, log data

Keysight's E36300 Series of power supplies feature output lists and a datalogger for controlling outputs and storing power measurements. Read More...

32-bit MCU delivers MPU-like graphics

Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32MZ DA microcontroller not only packs a 2-D graphics processing unit, but also up to 32 Mbytes of DDR2 memory. Read More...

ECAD virtual assistant lends a hand

EE Concierge from Upverter allows engineers working with any ECAD or EDA tool to request any part be built, verified, and delivered on-demand. Read More...

Analog or digital: Choose your oscilloscope inputs

The MSO5 series mixed-signal oscilloscopes from Tektronix provide 4, 6, or 8 flexible 12-bit analog inputs, but you can choose between analog logic inputs. Read More...

Tektronix enters VNA market with low-cost USB models

The Tektronix TTR500 series features two models with bandwidth to 3 GHz and 6 GHz. Read More...

Bridge chip simplifies audio data transfer

Silicon Labs’ CP2615 bridge chip transfers digital audio data between USB and I2S serial bus interfaces without any code development. Read More...

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VoIP phone teardown

This 2011 VoIP office phone shows some thoughtful acoustic and mechanical design. Read More...

Myo armband: Wearables design focuses on packaging

Thalmic Labs’ Myo gesture-control armband combines electromyography with IMUs and exposes difficulty of implementing a true wearable. Read More...

Teardown: Behind the ESC collector's badge

The flashy networked attendee badge appearing at this year's ESC Boston gets a close look by EDN editor Rich Quinnell. Read More...

Teardown Preview: Inside the Apple iPhone 5

Until we can lay our hands on a real iPhone 5 and do a real teardown, let's take a look at what others are saying and render an opinion on the reliability of their comments. Read More...

Teardown: High-voltage Li-ion battery stack management - the drive for safe power

At the heart of the Chevrolet Volt, a sophisticated Li-ion battery stack management system ensures the safety and reliability of a multi-cell Li-ion battery stack capable of delivering power on demand to the Chevy Volt drive system. Read More...

Teardown: The power inverter - from sunlight to power grid

This teardown of a solar inverter card traces the path of harvested DC power from the photovoltaic panel, through boost conversion, power inverter and massive filtering of the created AC power signal required by the power grid. Surrounded by monitoring and microcontroller magic along with safety standard adherence, we uncover the mysteries of solar energy harvesting electronics. Read More...

Teardown: iPhone 5s

Go inside the iPhone 5s to see the tech, the parts, what's better, and what's the same, as iFixit tears it down. Read More...

Teardown: Analog rules over digital in noise-canceling headphones

Dig deeper into these headphones that deliver decent audio at relatively low cost and better yet, effective active noise reduction. Read More...

A closer look at LSI’s MegaRAID SAS 9260CV-4i controller

The MegaRAID controller's innovative use of CacheVault technology solves the problem of system reliability during power outages with a greener solution that uses existing power instead of batteries. Read More...

Integration amassed: analyzing a NAS

This hands-on project showcases the second generation of Western Digital's My Book World Edition NAS (network-attached storage) device, so named because it is potentially accessible by a user from anywhere in the world. Read More...

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Wireless & IoT protocols & their security tradeoffs

How to choose amongst the various security options in a number of wireless & IoT protocols. Read More...

Industrial IoT to gain traction in 2017

Long predicted but slow to arise, the Industrial Internet of Things may finally be poised to gain momentum in 2017. Read More...

Make SoCs flexible with embedded FPGA

Embedding an FPGA array can add vital flexibility to SoC designs. Read More...

Distributed measurements unlock the future of design

Distributed physical measurements are the key to working with new materials and state-of-the-art mechanical design. Read More...

Providing USB Type-C connectivity – What you need to know

The reversible cable of USB Type-C needs smart interfaces, but the right chips are available. Read More...

Engineering the future of space exploration

The days of disposal launchers may be approaching an end as a new group of entrepreneurial space companies seek to apply Silicon Valley innovation and scaling to human exploration of the solar system. Read More...

Look Inside Fiber Optic Sensing

Improvements in fiber optic sensing technology can help engineers solve complex system sensing problems. Read More...

Loop tuning controls transient response in point of load power modules

To restore responsiveness when adding load capacitance to POL power modules, re-tune the control loop. Read More...

Partial and Pretended Networking Reduces CAN Power Consumption

Saving power by turning off subsystems is a challenge for CAN networks, until you redefine the network a little. Read More...

Data choices help compress 8051 code

The limited memory resources of 8-bit architectures like the popular 8051 are often seen as preventing programming them in C, but the right choices in the type and location of data can shrink C code to better fit. Read More...

Validate USB host designs with a bare metal driver

When implementing a USB hub you'll need to validate the design. Creating a bare metal driver for handling a Flash drive can help. Read More...

Xenon death flash for the Raspberry Pi 2

A problem with the power supply chip on the Raspberry Pi 2 serves as a good reminder to choose parts for your board carefully. Read More...

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Clocking high-throughput satellites

Engineers are mesmerised by the latest FPGAs and ADC/DACs, however, these need to be powered and clocked properly to deliver their specified performance. Read More...

Introducing the first 16 nm semiconductor for space applications

Just like the commercial world, FinFET technology offers a lot of potential for the space industry. The RT-ZU19EG will deliver 10× the performance of the V5QV FPGA consuming similar power in the same package. Read More...

Connected lighting may be the IoT killer app

Connected lighting is a huge potential market that might energize the IoT. Read More...

Analyze noise with time, frequency, and statistics

Random processes such as noise and jitter are associated with all electronic circuit components. Noise can be characterized using digital oscilloscopes utilizing tools that operate in time, frequency and statistical domains. Read More...

Want to know what's happening in embedded?

Some of the answers revealed in the forthcoming Embedded Markets Study webinar may surprise you. Read More...

Security: where the IoT meets the IT infrastructure

The IoT can only achieve its purpose with the full confidence of industry and consumers, creating a security imperative that every sector must face. Read More...

Multiprocessing gets an ARM up

ARM’s new cluster architecture will create optimum heterogeneous processor groupings on a chip. Read More...

Are robots a threat to engineers?

As engineers create ever more sophisticated robots, are they in danger of being replaced themselves? Read More...

High-speed signals jump over PCB traces

A class of interconnects bypasses the losses that occur in PCB traces, improving signal integrity. Read More...

Rescued analog oscilloscope works fine, still has value

When an LG OS-5020 analog oscilloscope was saved from destruction and came my way, I just had to try it out. Read More...

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