This blog described electronic components that can be used to support or interface to nanodevices.

iRobot Create® 2 Programmable Robot

morreale Monday 15 of December, 2014
iRobot has introduced the Create® 2 Programmable Robot for makers to build robotic projects upon. It can be programmed using the Arduino and Raspberry Pi programing environments.


The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology

morreale Monday 15 of December, 2014
The White house as posted a new website describing the The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology that are fascinating. The women featured include:
  • Grace Hopper
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Rachel Carson
  • Maria Klawe
  • Lydia Villa-Komaroff
  • Ada Lovelace
  • Sally Ride
  • Barbara McClintock
  • The Mercury 13
  • The ENIAC Programmers
  • Rosalind Franklin
There is documentary on The ENIAC Programmer that is out in very limited release.


RF Back to Basics presentations

morreale Sunday 02 of November, 2014
The Agilent/Keysight Technologies RF Back to Basics seminar presentation materials are now available on line. The day long seminar covered:
  • Vector Network Analyzers
  • Modular PXI and AXIe Instruments
  • Signal Generation and Signal Analysis
  • Fundamentals of RF Simulation

RF and microwave webinars

morreale Wednesday 23 of July, 2014
Agilent has posted a number of on-demand webinar on RF and microwave measurements. This education series includes:
  • Techniques for Analyzing Millimeter Wave Signals Using Harmonic Mixing
  • EMC Back to Basics
  • Successful Modulation Analysis in 3 Steps
  • Analyze Agile or Elusive Signals Using Real-time Measurement and Triggering
  • Signal Analyzer Fundamentals and New Applications
  • Signal Generator Fundamentals and New Applications

Parallella-16 Desktop Computer

morreale Saturday 19 of July, 2014
Adapteva has released the Parallella-16 Desktop Computer on its website for $149. The board contains the following:
  • Xilinx Zynq®-7010 All Programmable SoC (XC7Z010) with Dual Core ARM A9 CPU
  • Epiphany III (16-core CPU Accelerator)
  • 128Mb Quad-SPI flash
  • Ethernet 10/100/1000
  • Micro HDMI port
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Micro USB 2.0 host port
  • Dimensions are 3.4 x 2.1
  • Less than 5 Watt typical power consumption

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Linux Gizmos

morreale Saturday 19 of July, 2014
LinuxGizmos.com provides news and information on Linux in embedded and mobile applications. The site shows a whole bunch of neat SBC and devices that run Linux or are Linux compatible. I have a Linksys WRT54G router and it turns out that there is a openWRT project for a number of SBC like the ALS Atheros Module and Arduino.



morreale Monday 09 of June, 2014
NGSPICE has released CUSPCIE for the CUDA platform and requires video cards with the Fermi or newer architecture. CUSPICE is expected to speed model evaluation by a factor of three and is based Berkeley's SPICE3F5.

Component Modeling and measurement short course

morreale Thursday 03 of April, 2014
Agilent Technologies now Keysight Technologies hosted a short course covering
  • Component modeling and measurement,
  • Circuit design and analysis, and
  • System modeling
on April 2, 2014. The course was taught by
  • Venkatesh Balasubramanian from Maury Microwave Corp
  • Roberto Tiniti from Agilent Technologies
  • Murthy Upmaka from Agilent Technologies
  • Richard Hoft from Agilent Technologies
and covered five topics including
  • Pulsed IV/RF Measurements for compact model extraction
  • Amplifier Design Flow
  • VNA and NVNA Load Pull for Model Validation
  • Amplifier Design in ADA
  • Innovation in Nonlinear Measurements and Simulation using X-Parameters
This was a great short course. The instructors lead you trough the process of amplifier design with model extraction, test, verification using a PNA, PNA-X, and augmented PNAs for nonlinear model extraction. The introduction to x-parameters was well done and is a powerful extension to s-parameters.

Photo of the Agilent Technologies PNA Model Extraction test set.

EE240: Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits

morreale Wednesday 29 of January, 2014
UC Berkeley has posted the Spring 2010 version of the couse EE240: Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits on YouTube. The course is taught by professor Elad Alon. The lecture notes are also available from the course website. The following references are listed for background reading for the course and include:
  • Analysis and Design of Integrated Circuits by Paul R. Gray, Paul J. Hurst, Stephen H. Lewis, Robert G. Meyer, 4th Ed., Wiley, 2001.
  • Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits by Behzad Razavi, McGraw-Hill, 2000.
  • The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits by Thomas H. Lee, 2nd Ed., Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • The Designers Guide to SPICE & SPECTRE by K. S. Kundert, Kluwer Academic Press, 1995.
  • Operation and Modeling of the MOS Transistor by Y. Tsividis, McGraw-Hill, 2nd Edition, 1999.
  • Analog Integrated Circuit Design by D. Johns and K.Martin, Wiley, 1997.

Inkjet printed circuit boards

morreale Saturday 16 of November, 2013
There are several articles on how to hack an inkjet printer for printing circuit boards. The secret ingredient is silver nanoparticle based inks and conductive tape. The articles include:


Introduction to Analog electronics

morreale Sunday 27 of October, 2013
PyroElectro has posted an Introduction to analog electronics course on their website. The course consists of 10 lessons, does not require texts books, but a parts kit is needed to do the lessons. The kit cost less than $40 and they recommend that you have a DMM but it is not required.


morreale Sunday 27 of October, 2013
BITalino is small computer platform that contains physiological sensors. These sensors include:
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Electrodermal Activity (EDA)
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Accelerometry (ACC)
  • Light (LUX)
  • Light-Emitting Diode (LED)
  • Bluetooth
  • Micro-Controller Unit with up to 1000Hz sampling rate, 6 analog inputs (4@10-bit + 2@6-bit), 4 digital inputs, and 4 digital outputs.
There are APIs for Python, Android, LabView, and Java. The board can be purchased in three different kits for €149 to €169.


A simple Forth development board

morreale Wednesday 16 of October, 2013
Hack a Day has posted an article on A simple Forth development board. Leon Nathaniel Maurer created the board and a floating point extension to Forth. The board is available for purchase and the components cost under $15. Forth is an interpreted threaded linked list language and really great for debugging hardware as you can build words in real time to test hardware.

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