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A Day In The Life at ESC (Embedded Systems Conference)

September is usually a decent month to be in Minnesota. The snows haven't arrived, and the summer thunderstorms are past - well, usually. Last night, the lightning looked like a 1970's disco strobe light, and the rain was so intense... Read more

The Definition of Insanity

Most of us have heard the quote: "The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result." It's generally attributed to Albert Einstein, but there's enough contrary "evidence" to cast doubt on that attribution.... Read more

Accursed Diode Marking

Am I a broken record? Pretty much - especially when it comes to confusing diode marketing. For example, everyone knows what the diode symbol looks like, and pretty much everyone knows which side is the anode and which is the... Read more

What do you do if you can't have reference designators?

The first answer to that question is probably going to be along the lines of: "put them on the board." But, sometimes you can't have reference designators on your board. Maybe it's too densely populated and there isn't room. Maybe,... Read more

The Coming Robot Uprising - 10 Ways To Survive

So, dancing robots are now in the Guinness Book of Records. Not too many things can compete in the category of "dancing robots", so a world record is not all that impressive a feat. Of course, when you're talking over... Read more

What Route Do You Take?

There are a lot of polar opposites in the "what is my philosophy" world: Mac vs. PC, on shore vs. off shore manufacturing, Ford vs. Chevy, Atmel vs. Microchip (well, maybe not that one so much any more), auto router... Read more

Building boards for the Intel Edison

I've recently spent some time getting familiar with the Intel Edison. The Edison has a dual-core 500 MHZ Intel Atom processor, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of eMMC internal storage, and a USB... Read more

Seeing Gravity Waves

Here at Screaming Circuits, we assemble PCBs for a lot of interesting organizations. Perhaps one of the most interesting is LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravity Wave Observatory). In case you've been busy with Pokemon GO for the last few months, and... Read more

Where to Put Panel Tabs

Many small quantity PC boards are ordered individually cut. They come to us as a set of unconnected boards. For small quantities of reasonable size boards, it makes the most sense to order them this way. However, for really small... Read more

Top 5 Things to Know When Moving from Hand Assembly to Robotic Assembly

A lot of factors go into the decision to hand build or outsource circuit boards. I hand build my own sometimes, simply because I enjoy the challenge. Of course most of the projects I design are for my own use,... Read more