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Power management as a challenge to the wearable medical devices design

Power management as a challenge to the wearable medical devices design
One of the key elements of the Farnell element14 Sudden Impact design challenge involved trialling wearable health solutions. The finalists of the undertaking, when put to the test, have unanimously identified a major challenge – power management. It’s been observed that the process of collecting and analysing data over long periods of time has had a significant impact on energy consumption in the competitors’ sport-related designs.
10th April 2015

Development kit covers wireless MCU platform options

Development kit covers wireless MCU platform options
Farnell element14 has introduced the Texas Instruments’ SimpleLink CC2650 Development Kit, including all the hardware required to evaluate the SimpleLink Wireless MCU ultra-low-power platform. The CC2650 device can also be used to evaluate the SimpleLink Bluetooth Smart CC2640 wireless MCU and the ZigBee/6LoWPAN CC2630 wireless MCU.
25th March 2015

Defining impact: creating designs that are up to standard

Defining impact: creating designs that are up to standard
element14’s Sudden Impact challenge continues on, and the competitors are targeting different sports and designing a myriad of devices. Part of the challenge is to create solutions that align with the scientific and health communities. By Christian Defeo, eSupplier Manager, Farnell element14.
23rd March 2015

Inductance to digital converter operates in harsh environments

Inductance to digital converter operates in harsh environments
An inductance to digital converter for contactless, short-range sensing that enables high-resolution and low-cost position sensing of conductive targets, even in harsh environments has been launched by Farnell element14. Next day delivery is available for this family of devices from Texas Instruments which enables system designers to choose different resolution options depending on their application and system requirements, using a coil or spring as a sensor.  
8th March 2015

Buying quantity without compromising on quality

Buying quantity without compromising on quality
High service distribution is changing. The age of the simple component distributor is dead. Customers and suppliers are demanding a manufacturing partner who can offer both a full design solution and the high level of service they have come to expect. By Phil Gee, Director, Corporate OEM/CEM, Farnell element14.
6th March 2015

CAD software enables complex PCB designs

Farnell element14 is now exclusively stocking Altium’s CircuitStudio software in the element14 Design Centre under the two companies’ global distribution deal. The software rounds out Farnell element14’s CAD offering and enables the company to fulfill the vast majority of software needs for professional design engineers.  
5th February 2015

Ben Heck’s Xbox One Portable Part 3

In the final part of the Xbox One Portable series, Ben completes the gaming tablet. He needs to figure out how to make the Blu-Ray drive work at an angle, build the remaining portion of the case, and do a lot more wiring. At the end of the episode he’s ready to boot up the tablet and see if it works.
5th February 2015

Ben Heck’s Xbox One Portable Part 2

Santa Ben continues his work to create a portable Xbox One by Christmas. He’s building the device layer by layer. Ben hacks up many HDMI plugs and works on wiring the Xbox One and LCD. After installing most of the Xbox One components he’s ready to see if the Xbox will boot.
5th February 2015

Which brain is best for your project?

Ben gets a lot of questions about whether discreet logic, an MCU, or a Raspberry Pi is best to use as the brains of a project.
22nd January 2015

Ben Heck's chimney of the future

Ben attempts to create a more efficient chimney that will circulate the heat from the rising smoke to the rest of the room. Will it work?
21st January 2015

Cortex A-5 processor at heart of development kit

Cortex A-5 processor at heart of development kit
Featuring an ARM Cortex-A5 microprocessor, the Atmel Xplained SAMA5D4-XULT board allows users to evaluate, prototype and create high performance, application-specific designs. The development kit, now on sale at element14, includes 4Gb DDR2 external memory, one Ethernet physical layer transceiver, two SD/MMC interfaces, two host USB ports and one device USB port, one 24-bit RGB LCD and HDMI interface and debug interfaces.
16th January 2015

Ben Heck’s Xbox One portable - part 1

Santa Ben gives his fans what they’ve been asking for - an Xbox One portable project! Since he’s not the the first person to attempt his, Ben wants to make his portable different and decides to go with a tablet form factor.
23rd December 2014

Ben Heck’s Parallax sensor 'seeing-eye' hat

Ben finally tries out an idea he’s had in mind for years - a seeing-eye hat! Ben uses a Parallax Propeller, ultrasonic sensors, and rumble motors to create a hat that helps the wearer to sense their surroundings.
23rd December 2014

Ben Heck's workshop hacks

Ben and crew are moved into the new workshop, but it could use some improvements. Ben gets to work building a cart to hold all his CNC materials. His second shop hack is to mod an old PC power supply into a bench supply he can use to test projects. Before the move he tossed the old, noisy power supply he had used in the past.
16th December 2014

2014 trends in PCB design

In the last year we’ve seen a lot of change in the PCB and electronics design industry, from the growth of development kits through to the introduction of new features that simplify the design process. By Richard Hammerl, CadSoft. So what does this mean for the market?
12th December 2014

Ben Heck teaches soldering

In this episode Alyson comes out from behind the camera to learn how to solder. Ben shows her the basics and has her do some tests before soldering up a real circuit. Ben helps Alyson as she creates an audio circuit for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module.
5th December 2014

Ben Heck's Apple 1 replica - part 3

Ben builds a 1970s style case to house the computer. When the sleek, wooden case is finished, he demonstrates the complete replica.
4th December 2014

What would you do for a FREE Dev Kit?

Farnell element 14 took a special vending machine to electronica this year. Vistors had the chance to win one of 600 free Dev Kits.
2nd December 2014

Ben Heck's Apple 1 replica - part 2

This video shows part two of Ben Heck's project to build an Apple 1 from scratch.
21st November 2014

Ben Heck's Apple 1 replica - part 1

Ben decides to take on another retro 8-bit computer project and builds an Apple 1 from scratch. He wires the CPU, ROM, and RAM to a PCB and adds some logic gates for memory addressing.
20th November 2014

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