Screaming Circuits: General interest


Easy Reading for a Long Weekend

The holiday is upon us and most folks here in the US will have a three day weekend. Of course, when you're an engineer on deadline, all too often holidays don't really mean that much. Here's a little food for... Read more

Modularity and Standards

Eons ago, (well, it seems like eons) when IBM designed its original PC, it took note of the success of the Apple II with it's modular expansion system - easily accessible card slots with loads of clear documentation - and... Read more

Global Shifting

Friday morning, I walked my way to the office in a slight drizzle. It was overcast and cool in the morning, eventually warming to near August temperatures later in the day. We had a long, mild winter, a long, cool... Read more

Does Angle Matter

It's standard practice to avoid joining small PCB traces at 90 degrees, but instead to join them at an angle. But, does it matter for thick traces? Here's some 20 or 24 mil traces. Is it really going to matter,... Read more

How Fast Is Fast? I Mean, Really?

We talk a lot about speed here at Screaming Circuits. Back in 2003, one of the main reasons our parent company started us up was because their customers were telling them that they needed prototypes faster. So, I know that... Read more

Don't Do It

Friends don't let friends wire-wrap. Do people still do this? Do you still do this? When's the last time you did some wire-wrap? Digi-Key still sells an assortment of wire-wrap wire and wrapping tools, including the simple little hand tool... Read more

Weekend Wondering - is anything really new?

Last year, Screaming Circuits started closely following the Ti OMAP processor and it's package on package (POP) form factor. The OMAP 35XX processors are very nice on their own, being a very hi-performance ARM jobby, but the package on package... Read more

Controlling the Uncontrolled

A nice coincidence. Recently, I wrote a bit about choosing a microcontroller and some issues that crop up when people not used to microcontroller design are tasked with automating systems. My supposition is that, traditionally, most folks in the industry... Read more

Who are your tool sets made for?

I've been thinking a lot lately about who's using microcontrollers and why these days. There's a lot at stake with this question. And, not just in terms of which microcontrollers are and will be the most popular. There's an element... Read more

Red Ring of Death Solved?

I've been reading a lot lately on the supposition that the X-Box® red ring of death problem is caused by the lead-free BGA balls cracking under the BGAs due to thermal stress. In truth, I haven't seen any actual evidence... Read more