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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rugged Circuits - Design Service

Design and Manufacturing Service for Industrial Embedded Systems for Robust Requirements. Services include component selection, PCB design, prototyping, manufacturing, and distribution.

Rugged Circuits - Design Service

Rugged Circuits - Design Service

Custom control system for an industrial machine

Triple RS485 outputs, graphic LCD display interface with dimmable backlight, 4x4 keypad interface, real-time clock, 8 discrete and protected I/O's, and in-the-field firmware upgrades over USB.

They also have a estore with products related to Ruggeduino (Rugged+Arduino ), including components, kits, Shields. The products like Rugged Motor Driver and Yellowjacket a WiFi microcontroller module, need special mention.

Rugged Circuits LLC
Wayland, Michigan 49348

Monday, July 15, 2019

Electronic Design Automation - EDA

The Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), an international association of companies providing goods and services throughout the semiconductor design ecosystem, is a forum to address technical, marketing, economic and legislative issues affecting the entire industry.

Electronic System Design Alliance

Older Site  - "The Electronic Design Automation Consortium is the international association of companies developing EDA tools and services that enable engineers to create the world's electronic products....."

Electronic Design Automation - EDA

"The EDA industry services virtually every major semiconductor and electronics systems company in the world including, computer, communications, consumer electronics, medical and aerospace. The demand for increasingly complex ICs and SOCs is exploding. Our EDA technologies make it possible for the world's electronic companies to keep up with demand for smaller, faster, more powerful and lower cost electronic products....

Design Automation Conference (DAC)

"The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded systems and software (ESS). "

DAC 2013 Austin: Celebrating 50 years of Innovation

"7,000 attendees come from all over the world to learn about products and solutions that bring additional value to the industry. This audience represents decision-makers at all levels of the buying process from the leading semiconductor, computer, telecommunication and consumer electronics companies."

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Embedded Systems Design

An Embedded Microcontroller or DSP system is made of Chips, Circuits and Firmware. The digital voltage levels, speed, bus width, fan out, power consumption are some factors that a designer has to keep in mind. As portable and wireless gadgets are becoming more popular, RF, Ethernet and Energy Efficient Design aspects should be studied. Power electronics and Analog Circuits knowledge is used around the system, all this is integrated to make an instrument, equipment or gadget.

Embedded Systems Design

Microprocessors and Microcontrollers

Analog devices like transistors and diodes lead to opamps and analog computing. This takes more parts but with fast devices can be real time. Then came Logic and Digital Circuits, here also big systems will take too many parts. A very Old hp Logic Analyzer instrument, could be HP1600A, had more than five large PCBs, Toggle Switches and numerous 74Fxx TTL Chips. I tried to revive it, it could not be fully restored.

Microcontroller - 8051, 8052, OpCodes, Analog and PC Interface.

Then came the solution the Microprocessor. Here the entire system goes into the firmware and a Hardware Tool Set in the Microprocessor made up of Logic and Math is sequentially used to perform the same operation that would require innumerable Gates in a plain hardware digital circuit. But as it performs the operations one after another, it takes time and is defined by the CPU Clock Speed.

When the External RAM and EPROM and other peripheral devices moved into the main package, MicroController were born. When more external devices merged with the MicroController. It formed a nearly complete computer, this is known as the SOC.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Analog Op-Amp Circuits

Operational Amplifiers

With a few Op-Amps and a regulated Power supply, many Instrumentation and Process control equipment can be designed. The Human Brain understands Numbers, Quantity and it regulation very well ! On the right you can see a analog controller based on opamps and discrete devices. A Heater, Fan and Motor is regulated, controlled and timed for a process.

Analog Controller based on Opamps
Analog is about numbers, the circuits can be understood and designed mathematically or empirically. Designing and Building a True RMS Rectifier with Op-Amps, will help a designer digest many Op-Amp capabilities.

Analog Op-Amp Circuits

Monday, June 03, 2019

Product Development Fundamentals

Electronic Product Design and development capability can be refined and enhanced only by practical experience. A student can learn these aspects by working in a Engineering Service Company.

Building Custom design Solutions for clients will build skills of component selection, black box specs, customer communication and prototype testing among many others.

A. Product Design Sections :
  1. Electronic Engineering - Circuit Design, PCB Design, EDA. 
  2. Mechanical Engineering - CAD, Tool and Die Design, Enclosure 
  3. Software Engineering Firmware - PC ware, CASE, emulators 
B. Methods of Product Design :
  1. Design Automation. - Design and Simulation with Computer. 
  2. Computer Aided Design - Design on Computer, Breadboard test. 
  3. Conventional Design. - Paper design with Breadboard test 
Product Development Fundamentals

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