• The top 10 AC-DC converters

    August 16, 2018 Elizabeth

    As a follow-up to our post on the Top 10 DC-DC Converters downloaded by the SnapEDA community, we thought it was about time to cover the top 10 AC/DC converters! Converting alternating current (AC) into direct current (DC) is one of the most common power electronics applications since electricity is transmitted as AC, yet electronics generally…

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  • 10 Terminal Blocks To Supercharge Your Next PCB Design

    June 6, 2018 Elizabeth

    Terminal blocks offer designers an easy and secure way to transmit data, signals, and power to your printed circuit board designs.  They’re built from an insulating frame and a clamping component. Terminal blocks serve as an effective method of connecting wires, whether it’s to ground them, secure multiple wires together, or provide communication between a device…

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  • Top 10 pressure sensors

    February 21, 2018 Elizabeth

    As engineers, we know that pressure sensors are used in thousands of everyday engineering applications, across a wide range of industries. For example, they’re used in our coffee makers to control the dispensing of liquid, in medical devices at hospitals, and in heating systems to trigger alarms. They measure the pressure, typically of liquids or gases,…

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  • Organize your parts with SnapEDA & PartsBox

    December 14, 2017 Elizabeth

    At SnapEDA we know how important it is to stay organized during the design process, and that’s why we are happy to announce an exciting new colloboration.  Starting this week, you’ll now be able to find SnapEDA’s symbols and footprints within PartsBox! PartsBox is an app for managing electronic components. It allows designers to keep…

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  • The top 10 crystal oscillators!

    December 14, 2017 Elizabeth

    A crystal oscillator is an electronic circuit that generates an electrical signal with a very precise frequency. To achieve this, it uses the mechanical resonance of a vibrating crystal made of piezoelectric material. The first crystal oscillator was invented in the late 1920s by Walter Guyton Cady who was interested in submarine detection with ultrasonic waves.…

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  • The top 10 humidity sensors

    November 9, 2017 Elizabeth

    Air humidity is an important factor to consider when designing an electronic device. Having too much humidity in the environment can cause condensation and corrosion, which can lead to anomalies in performance or even failures. To prevent this, engineers use humidity sensors. These devices are used in systems deployed in humid environments, such as industrial…

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  • The top 10 microphones for electronics designs

    October 12, 2017 Elizabeth

    Although the most well-known use of microphones is for music and audio recordings, they’re also used in many electronics applications such as smartphones and tablets, IoT devices (such as the Amazon Alexa), teleconferencing systems, video cameras, bluetooth headsets, and security and surveillance devices. As transducers, microphones convert sound waves into electrical signals. Since sound is a…

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  • The Top 10 DC/DC Converters

    August 16, 2017 Elizabeth

    DC/DC converters are devices that convert a DC source from one voltage level to another. They’re a common element of everything from satellites, hybrid energy systems, portable electronic devices, and many more applications because they provide stable operation, high efficiency, greater reliability and also, different voltage and current levels for the same PCB design. There are many…

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