Arduino and ESP32 microcontroller kits

What’s The Difference Between An ESP32 And An Arduino?

There are several different Arduino products on the market, as well as several ESP32 products. The very first thing we should do here is break down what these two devices really are. To start: An ESP32 is a System-On-A-Chip (SoC). What’s An Arduino? Arduino refers to a platform that runs on Atmel microcontrollers (MCUs). An…

A Raspberry Pi single board computer

Raspberry Pi Power Requirements: What Size Battery Does A Raspberry Pi Need?

The power requirements of a Raspberry Pi computer are dependent on the model and usage. However, you must size your power source to accommodate the Raspberry Pi’s highest possible power usage. Afterwards, you can worry about how long your Raspberry Pi battery will last per charge. The use of a 5 Volt lithium-ion battery pack…

Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) resonator technology diagram

TI Introduces Crystal-less MCU Using BAW

The crystal oscillator is a longstanding concept that employs a physical oscillator for clocking to facilitate accurate timing in electronics. These oscillators have been driving CPU clocks, as well as low frequency (and low power) non-CPU clocks in devices that need to be able to use their peripherals (for example: analog to digital converters) while…

A Raspberry Pi in a case with a heatsink and fan

Comparing The Raspberry Pi 3A+ Vs The 3B+: The Most Important Differences

The Raspberry Pi single board computers (SBC) have been released over the years with incremented model numbers such as the Pi 1, Pi 2 B, 3, 3B+, etc. Now the Raspberry Pi foundation has been updating older models like the A series, as they offer benefits such as a smaller form factor (they can fit…

Circuit board with pin plugs on it

How To Secure Loose Jumper Wires/Pin Plugs

Thus far, most of the pin plugs (jumper wires) that I have used for electrical engineering hobby projects have been loose and therefore unreliable. They slip off my development kits, my transistors, among other things. I recently found a solution that will eliminate the problem entirely: flattening them. This is a very simple process, for…

A computer the size of a salt grain.

IBM Invents A Computer The Size Of A Salt Grain

IBM has invented a computer as small as a grain of salt, which will cost less than $0.10 to manufacture. It is equipped with hundreds of thousands of transistors, and has processing power equivalent to that of the 1990 x86 processor. This almost-microscopic computer is intended for embedded systems in advanced supply chain management applications,…

Texas Instruments RM57L Microcontroller

The Difference Between A Microcontroller And A Raspberry Pi

Single-board microcomputers such as the Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black have made waves in recent years, and microcontrollers have firmly retained their place in electronic designs. Why? After all, the Raspberry Pi has significantly more processing power than nearly all microcontrollers. The 1.2 GHZ quad-core processor in the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (or 1.5…

Thunderboard Sense development kit.

Thunderboard Sense IoT Kit Review: IoT Inspiration In A Tiny Package

I received a Thunderboard Sense IoT inspiration kit from Silicon Labs, and despite concerns that i’d have a hard time getting started with it (since it’s a recent model, which isn’t well known-yet), I was excited to try out my first ZigBee-capable development kit. If I was to guess, the Thunderboard Sense is called an…