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MacroFab Roundup for June 22nd, 2018

Welcome back everyone! This week on the MacroFab Roundup: Version control for Eagle PCB Design, Badgeception, and learning how to use an Oscilloscope.

Interesting Links and Articles

  • CADLAB.io
    • Git Version Control for Eagle PCB Design
    • Hooks into your github repository and shows changes between board revisions
  • How to Read Data Sheets: Logic ICs
    • Elizabeth Simon goes over on how to read 7400 series logic ICs
    • Newer datasheets for logic ICs are typically missing information that the older datasheets contained
  • Clean Power for Every IC, Part 1: Understanding Bypass Capacitors
    • Article series written by Robert Keim that covers bypass capacitors
    • Good introduction on bypass capacitors and how to select the correct values for them
    • Explains why 0.1 µF ceramic capacitors are popular for bypass capacitors.
  • Module offers bidirectional power conversion
    • The NBM 2317 is a 750W bus converter that allows power to flow between 48V and 12V systems
    • Newer cars have a 48V system that needs to be converted to 12V for “legacy” systems in automobiles
  • This Is The Year Conference Badges Get Their Own Badges
    • The bling that makers, hackers, and conference goes wear this year get flashier with add on boards
    • Standard for the interface is dubbed “Shitty Add-on Standard
    • #BadgeLife
  • SSM2164
    • Low Cost Quad Voltage Controlled Amplifier
    • Takes in a voltage on the control pin and does a current amplification where current out = control voltage * current in
    • You can do a whole lot with this one IC, voltage controlled filters, amps, resistors, resonance
  • Learn Six Oscilloscope Measurements with One Arduino
    • James Lewis shows how to use an oscilloscope using an Arduino as a DUT (Device Under Test)
    • Learn how to properly use an oscilloscope
    • Capturing and decoding serial data
  • Tracksoar V2
    • New improved Tracksoar board which is an open source APRS tracker
    • Improvements include
      • USB Micro connector
      • 4 layer board to improve RF performance
      • Improved battery life
      • GPS power backup
      • Removable mounting points
      • More available GPIO
      • No programming shield or jumpers required
      • New and improved firmware

MacroFab Engineering Podcast

This week on the MEP EP#125: The Open Source Episode with Robert Keim, Robert Keim joins Parker and Stephen to talk about Open Source Information and its impact on the EE community.

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