FIR Filter Coefficients
Mechatronics Zone 9/6/2013 2 comments Suppose you wanted to create a FIR filter with your own requirements. How would you find the necessary coefficients, and how many of them would you need?
Switched-Capacitor Filter Tests
Mechatronics Zone 7/1/2013 5 comments Switched-capacitor filters have a few disadvantages. They exhibit greater sensitivity to noise than their op-amp-based filter siblings, and they have low-amplitude clock-signal artifacts -- clock feedthrough -- on their outputs.
Even More on Rotary Encoders
Mechatronics Zone 3/5/2013 2 comments This column wraps up our discussion of encoders with information about resolvers, which provide angular data over 360 degrees.
Undersampling Changes Bandwidths
Mechatronics Zone 10/19/2012 9 comments Before you choose a frequency, you should understand how each upper and lower sampling frequency affects aliasing of signals in the 8MHz bandwidth.
Motor Kits Let BLDC Designs Roll
Mechatronics Zone 9/14/2012 4 comments If your design plans include a brushless DC motor, contributing technical editor Jon Titus recommends starting with a motor drive dev kit.
Handbook Can Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 9/5/2012 7 comments Contributing technical editor Jon Titus found a free copy of the Electrical Engineering Pocket Handbook, published by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, particularly useful.
Getting to Know Freescale's Mechatronics Robot
Mechatronics Zone 6/29/2012 13 comments In May, we told you about Freescale Semiconductor's two-legged robot (FSLBOT) and controller board that lets engineers, students, and even hobbyists experiment with the robot's four servos and many sensors. Here's an update.
Engineering, Science & Math in a Water Bottle
Mechatronics Zone 5/25/2012 32 comments Designing and filling a new type of water bottle might take less engineering work, but the description will help kids understand how science, math, and engineering influence their lives even through things that seem mundane.
My Mercury Wiring Harness Nightmare
Mechatronics Zone 9/13/2011 8 comments When I attempted to replace a power-window motor on my '96 Mercury I uncovered an amazing nest of wires that controls windows, door locks, and mirror positions.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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