The Motors and Microcontrollers 101 that We Should All Know!

Motors are the general components that we’re normally used in many industries, such as electronic, electrical, automobile, engineering and much more. Electric motors are the main key of converting electrical power into mechanical power. Since the electric motors are simple and reliable machines, hence they can be found all over the place, in whatever shapes and sizes you want it to be! Don’t believe it? Well, maybe some examples will convince you here: The powerful starter motor Alternating windshield wiper motors Intermittent-use power windows and door locks The blower fan that moves hot and cold air into the cabin The Tiny motors inside the CD player However, please stick in your mind that motors are slightly tricky loads to control. Their current can be totally varied with loading, starting and stopping, where it can causing a danger to other circuit components, if you didn’t handle it carefully! Well, you might…

Continue reading

The Easy Ways to Design a Better PCB!

Are you always looking for a better printed circuit board (PCB), but you’re failed to do it in most of time? Well, don’t waste your time anymore for the searching; instead, you can use the precious time to design a better PCB here! Before that, most of you have learned that PCB fab houses, such as advanced circuits, Batch PCB, PCB123 and other are quite hard job to do with. Hence, it’s not an easy task, as there are many ways for a fab house to mess it up! Moreover, fab houses tend to spend less time on prototypes than on production runs. To overcome the matter, you should try to design PCBs for manufacturability. The main goal of this project is to show you how to minimize the number if ways the fab houses can screw up a PCB! For avoiding yourself from mess up with the PCBs, you…

Continue reading

Great method of PCB reverse engineering by using a Photoshop

Rriccibitti have sent us his latest work on reverse engineering of simple keypad circuit. The solution seems to be very simple but effective. What he used is a digital camera to take a picture of printed circuit board and a photo editing software where he could track PCB traces with different colors. OK, for this one he used a Photoshop as it seems to have lots of valuable tools that makes this work much easier. To be more specific lets see what he’s done: Took the same size pictures of both PCB sides with a digital camera; Put both pictures in different layers in picture editing software. Of course one has to be mirrored. Transparentized top side of PCB so the bottom connections and tracks could be seen; With magic wand tool he removed the color of free top area. After this simple preparation he simply took a bucket fill…

Continue reading

Learning From The Electronic Experts!

Do you have a lot of passion in the electronic field or you may even want to major the electronic and make it as your career? If you did, then you must keep read on the rest of the paragraphs! Did you know there is a site named ‘Electonics.wisc-online‘ that is in cooperation with the Wisconsin Online Resource Center and it’s based upon works supported by the National Science Foundation? Well, it’s a very interesting and interactive electronic and electrical learning site, which it is mainly focusing on concepts that cover a broad range electromechanical program! If you spend a few couple of hours on it, you’ll probably find out that the majority of these objects have been created for electronics. However, beside the electronic projects, there are at least 300 more objects that being built on other topic, such as the hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical design etc. For you information,…

Continue reading

Putting your electronics project in an enclosure

Probably projects that are finished and put in an enclosure always catches an eye rather than PCB prototype with multiple wires showing up. Of course project that does its job is fine enough even without nice shell. But what if you don’t want your board to be exposed. Then put your project in a box. From this point you need to be an electronics engineer and designer in one. Probably everyone have their own way of putting projects in the boxes, but there are few tips that can save time and nerves. Sparkfun has a nice reading about things to keep in mind while looking for box and planning necessary tasks. Lets go through them – some of them are really cool that I didn’t about before: If you have buttons that need to be accessed through the case, find a shallow enclosure or tall buttons. If there is a…

Continue reading

Encoding and modulation of digital signals

We know that digital signals are stored as binary numbers in memory cells. Let’s see how these digital signals can be transferred in other words – how they can be encoded in to electrical signal shape. When signal has to be sent it has to be modulated. Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) Probably simplest and most common modulation method is pulse code modulation (PCM). In CPM coding information is modulated as voltage levels. If supply voltage is 5V, then binary”1″ is represented as +5V while 0 as 0V level. Only two voltage levels are used to modulate signal. Signal can be sent in parallel (bus mode) or serial mode. In parallel mode whole (let’s say 8 bit) signal can be sent at once via 8 wires, while in serial mode data has to be sampled in time. This transmission method is most popular in embedded systems, for instance, ADC sends converted…

Continue reading

Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Technologies

The term circuit technology usually refers to the various techniques that used in the manufacture of electrical circuits. A large number of devices that are used today make use of printed circuit boards (PCBs). These devices provide a mechanical support for the various components present within the given device and also, the electrical connections between the components. The electrical connections present on the PCB are made out of copper sheets that are laminated on a non-conducting material. Initially a large copper sheet is laminated on the board and then the sections that are not required are removed. Various techniques are used for removal of unwanted copper. Some of them are: Silk Screen Printing: In this technique, an etching resistant ink is applied on those areas that are required and the remaining part is etched off. Photoengraving: Here a photo mask of the circuit required is prepared using desired software and…

Continue reading