Tag Archives: pwm

Experimenting with Buck Converters

If you’re like me, the first thing you do when wiring up a new circuit is to connect the power and ground rails (with the power source initially turned off… maybe).  And you’ve probably got at least one power supply … Continue reading

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Review: TI’s High-Power LED Driver Evaluation Board

On my desktop, I keep a list of miscellaneous parts I’d like to buy at some point (e.g. power resistors, laser diodes, etc).  Parts not destined for any specific project, just things that I’d like to toy with.  Well for … Continue reading

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The Mechatronics TVIP (+Video)

Today’s post is going to be a trip down memory lane for me.  The TVIP or Thrust-Vectoring Inverted Pendulum was my very first real engineering project in college.  My good friend Alex and I constructed it almost five years ago, … Continue reading

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Pure Analog Servo Control

Hobby servos, such as the one pictured at right, are wonderfully useful little devices.  You’ll find them moving control surfaces on model planes, in steering linkages on RC cars, and even in the feeding mechanism of an automatic ping-pong ball … Continue reading

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So You Want to Use PWM, Eh?

Pulse-width modulation. It probably sounds a little confusing if you’re new to electronics. Kindof a word mashup, really. What do pulses, width, and modulation have to do with each other anyway? I remember first learning about PWM during my freshman … Continue reading

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