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A dream about OrCAD...

I had a dream... In this dream I just drifted through an endless void. Light surrounded me. After an unknowable time I started hearing a sound. It started as a low, buzzing sound. I felt a pull, towards a place … Continue reading

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Words of Embedded Design Wisdom

On this page I would like to publish some thoughts, sayings, rules of thumbs and wise things that I've come to observe during my few years of experience in the field of embedded systems design (and life in general). If … Continue reading

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Perspective - why does it take so long to compile FPGA projects

I recently started (again) to poke into FPGA devices. I remembered the most annoying thing about that development - it took so damn long to compile. But, when one takes into account how much the compiler (implementer, mapper, optimizer, whatever) … Continue reading

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Davids bile giveaway - Customer Area, Download Area, Bugger off Area

There are two basic ways you can give out information on your products: A comprehensive, simple, publicly available website, complete with all of the information the potential customer might need, support software (if applicable) freely available and easily available pricing … Continue reading

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Medical cable teardown

It's time for something exotic - while at the ham radio get together at Holice in 2014 (great event! Go there.) I bought a cable. Not just any old cable, a really, really well made cable that must have originally … Continue reading

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Davids bile giveaway - Images in PDFs or "Maximum compression leads to depression"

First look at this schematic: Now, this is the schematic from a of an evkit for one of the devices of an unnamed company. You'll note that they used a resistor of a value of... well... 1k? 10? Ah, of … Continue reading

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Achievement unlocked - I'm an Engineer!

After many years I have finally finished my studies at FEI (the Faculty of Electronics and Informatics in Bratislava) and am now an official EE (Ing. title in Slovakia)! I would like to thank my friends, colleagues, teachers and many … Continue reading

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Datentechnik MS2-TD serial data generator teardown

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While going through random electronics on a local flea-market (on the Inter Stadium in Bratislava, 98+% of the items there are of no interest, but the occasional treasure can be found, beware of pickpockets) I found this little device - … Continue reading

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HP 6010A Teardown

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The HP 6010A is a monster of a power supply, capable of providing 1kW. There are three limits: 17A, 200V and 1kW - that means that you can source 200V, but only up to 5A. You can suck 17A, but … Continue reading

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HP 3476B teardown

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The HP 3476B multimeter is a neat piece of measurement equipment - probably one of the better choices for an economical (sold at 225 USD in 1976, around 1k USD today) 3½ digit digital meter in the later 1970s. It … Continue reading

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