Tag Archives: Digital

ARC Digital Amplifier


Enjoy high-end sound quality for all your music with this small and modern digital amplifier.

The ARC was made to bridge the gap between high-end sound quality and the world of digital music. Designed as the perfect receiver and amplifier, this ultra-compact unit provides high-resolution USB audio streaming capabilities, high quality aptX Bluetooth audio and astonishingly detailed sound. For a great listening experience and immersive sound, all you need is a set of speakers and the ARC. Done.

ARC Digital Amplifier – [Link]

Digitally controlled bench PSU


Bertho posted a digitally controlled PSU design in the forum. He writes:

The design is for 0…30V and 0…3A (90W) controllable at ~1mV and ~0.1mA steps. The actual accuracy is still out for testing and I assume that noise and non-linearity will be a factor to look at when time comes. The basic design allows for 0…42V (max 45V) and (at least) 0…4A, but then all the components should be re-calculated to match such setup. Also, some components need to be voltage matched for a higher input voltage.
The design is a dual control-loop where the first stage is a switching PSU which is fed back to assure a 2.5V drop over the secondary analog control stage. The secondary stage is also responsible for the current limiter. The idea here is to reduce the power loss in the BJT (Q4) in the analog stage.


Digitally controlled bench PSU – [Link]

rLogic: Affordable, Tiny, Universal Logic


Watch signals propagate through basic digital circuits. Emulate any two-input logic gate using just one rLogic board and one jumper. To order rLogic+, the breadboard compatible variant, simply order normal rLogic. When the survey is sent out you will indicate which you would like.

rLogic is a basic breakout board for the Fairchild Semiconductor TinyLogic® series of Configurable Logic Gates, with an LED for watching signals and cleverly arranged header pins for simple conversion from gate to gate. Different from programmable logic, configurable logic is manually changed through rewiring using a simple shunt (AKA, a jumper), allowing you to easily and quickly morph a single pinkie sized board into any basic logic function you might need. rLogic requires no prior knowledge, but if knowledgeable of basic digital circuitry then you may jump right in with creating. If not, then a few minutes with rLogic boards will begin to teach you the basics of digital electronics.

rLogic: Affordable, Tiny, Universal Logic – [Link]

Open Education: An Introduction To Digital Electronics

[San Francisco, CA] – Amidst the countless universities and schools raising tuition rates and cost of education, one man is stepping outside the norm and providing classes on electrical engineering completely free of charge: No ads; no memberships; just free education.

Christopher Peurifoy, a Masters of Electrical Engineering graduate from California State University: Chico and creator of the electronics website pyroelectro.com, wants to share his wealth of knowledge with anyone with an Internet connection and the desire to learn. The only obstacle in his way is the cost of funding such an undertaking. Continue reading Open Education: An Introduction To Digital Electronics

Understanding and interpreting logic IC datasheets

This app note from Texas Instruments focuses on understanding and interpreting datasheets for logic ICs. [via]

To assist component and system-design engineers in selecting Texas Instruments (TI) standard-logic products, this application report is a synopsis of the information available from a typical TI data sheet. Information includes a brief description of terms, definitions, and testing procedures currently used for commercial and military specifications. Symbols, terms, and definitions generally are in accordance with those currently agreed upon by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association for use in the USA and by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for international use.

Understanding and interpreting logic IC datasheets – [Link]


logiccircuit.org writes: [via]

LogicCircuit is free, open source educational software for designing and simulating digital logic circuits. It has an intuitive graphical user interface allowing you to create unrestricted circuit hierarchy with multi-bit buses, debug circuits behavior with oscilloscope, and navigate running circuits hierarchy.

LogicCircuit – [Link]

Comparing digital and mechanical potentiometers

Microchip compares mechanical and digital potentiometers to digital. This app note explains the theory behind both versions, and their advantages and disadvantages. [via]

Mechanical potentiometers have advantages in terms of having a wide variety of values available and tighter specifications such as nominal resistance, tolerance, temperature coefficient, power rating and temperature range specifications. But in many applications the overriding
factors are related to environmental and reliability issues. These characteristics are not necessarily specified by the mechanical potentiometer vendor.

Digital potentiometers go hand in hand with the drive towards digital system control. This type of potentiometer is considerably more robust that its predecessor, the mechanical potentiometer, in terms of environmental exposure issues and longevity with repeated use of the wiper. But beyond the reliability issues, the digital potentiometer offers hands-off programmability. This programmability also allows the user to repeatedly and reliably return to the same wiper position.

Comparing digital and mechanical potentiometers – [Link]

Scope / spectrum analyzer combo captures time-correlated analogue, digital and RF signals

Inspired by the finding that over 60% of oscilloscope users also use a spectrum analyzer to troubleshoot embedded system designs with integrated wireless functionality, Tektronix has developed the world’s first mixed domain oscilloscope (MDO), which provides the functionality of an oscilloscope and a spectrum analyzer in a single instrument. The new MDO4000 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope series gives engineers the unique ability to capture time-correlated analogue, digital and RF signals for a complete system view. [via]

Scope / spectrum analyzer combo captures time-correlated analogue, digital and RF signals – [Link]