Electronics Hardware

Primer: The USB-C Connector

Anyone who has used a USB Type-A plug will know the fact that it takes three attempts to successfully insert. The USB Type-C connector sets out to solve this life’s little annoyance. But it doesn’t just stop there, it also offers many other advantages: Reversible plug. No upstream/downstream facing connector.

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Powerpole Distribution Box

For far too long, I have been on the search for the ideal way to distribute power for low voltage systems, typically 12V. I have an small assortment of domestic networking gear, small embedded systems, LED desk lamps, battery chargers and USB chargers that operate from a backed-up 12V PV

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Review: RAK8213 LTE Cat M1/NB1 IoT Modem

The RakWireless RAK8213 is a Quectel BG96 based 4G LTE Cat M1/Cat NB1/EGPRS modem in a PCI Express MiniCard Form Factor. LTE categories M1/NB1 combined with innovations including Power Saving Mode (PSM) and Extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX) can rival power consumption and battery life of other IoT Technologies such as LoRa and Sigfox.

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FTDI FT2232H USB to UART/MPSSE/JTAG Breakout Board

The FTDI FT2232H Hi-Speed Dual USB UART/FIFO Breakout Board provides a variety of standard serial and parallel interfaces: Asynchronous UART JTAG I2C SPI Parallel FIFO The board includes two linear regulators offering either 3.3V or 2.5V IO. An on-board Serial EEPROM stores custom USB descriptors, VID/PIDs and configurations. Design Files Design