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Previous Content: In The Air: Epidose 1: Introduction In The Air: Episode 2 - Preparing for Surface Mount Work In The Air: Episode 3 - Surface Mount Beginnings In The Air: Episode 4 - Inductors In The Air: Episode 5 - PCB Design In The Air: Episode 6 - Getting Ready For PCBs In The Air: Episode 7 - Still Getting Ready for PCBs In The Air: Episode 8 - SMT Population In The Air: Episode 9: Pump Control     Introduction The original concept for this project was to develop a wirele ...
Previous Posts: In The Air: Epidose 1: Introduction In The Air: Episode 2 - Preparing for Surface Mount Work In The Air: Episode 3 - Surface Mount Beginnings In The Air: Episode 4 - Inductors In The Air: Episode 5 - PCB Design In The Air: Episode 6 - Getting Ready For PCBs In The Air: Episode 7 - Still Getting Ready for PCBs In The Air: Episode 8   Update Board is complete, and not destroying components ... anymore. I went through 4 inductors troubleshooting this one. I really should ...
Previous Posts: In The Air: Epidose 1: Introduction In The Air: Episode 2 - Preparing for Surface Mount Work In The Air: Episode 3 - Surface Mount Beginnings In The Air: Episode 4 - Inductors In The Air: Episode 5 - PCB Design In The Air: Episode 6 - Getting Ready For PCBs In The Air: Episode 7 - Still Getting Ready for PCBs   Update I have received some more parts recently, but unfortunately, I am still missing critical components. I'll provide some history of the procurement here ...
Update: Waiting for parts and working with the Launchpad CC3200. No major progress. Merry Christmas (see Figure 1). I modified the year in the picture.   Figure 1: Closed for Christmas (Source: Holiday Closure | Fowler Museum at UCLA) ...
Previous Posts: In The Air: Epidose 1: Introduction In The Air: Episode 2 - Preparing for Surface Mount Work In The Air: Episode 3 - Surface Mount Beginnings In The Air: Episode 4 - Inductors In The Air: Episode 5 - PCB Design In The Air: Episode 6 - Getting Ready For PCBs   Update Guess what came in the mail? Two things. First, my boards have arrived, and I've taken a picture to show you (Figure 1). It doesn't matter how many boards I've designed, when they arrive it's always like ...
Previous Posts: In The Air: Epidose 1: Introduction In The Air: Episode 2 - Preparing for Surface Mount Work In The Air: Episode 3 - Surface Mount Beginnings In The Air: Episode 4 - Inductors In The Air: Episode 5 - PCB Design   Update This week involved procuring parts. I contacted Wurth for the following parts:   Design Kit WCAP-CSGP - General Purpose - 0805 Design Kit WCAP-CSGP - General Purpose - 1206, 1210, 1806 Serie 2141 - 3.50mm Horiz.l Entry Modular WR-TBL 2.54mm Dual ...
Update A Riddle: How many times in three weeks can a 1 year old child catch sick? The correct answer seems to be 3 times ...   Previous Posts In The Air: Epidose 1: Introduction In The Air: Episode 2 - Preparing for Surface Mount Work In The Air: Episode 3 - Surface Mount Beginnings In The Air: Episode 4 - Inductors   Introduction I have finished my Booster Pack design. Figure 1 shows the top and bottom layers. Note, I am an Altium user so the display of the board layers may be unfa ...
Inductors  Previous Posts In The Air: Epidose 1: Introduction In The Air: Episode 2 - Preparing for Surface Mount Work In The Air: Episode 3 - Surface Mount Beginnings Update I'm designing my circuit board as a booster pack for the CC3200 Launchpad. It's taking a long time because I'm trying to use TI parts for every component, and the plague (read flu) just passed through my household. I'll be finishing the board and ordering it and my parts soon. While waiting for the parts, I will wor ...
Previous Posts  In The Air: Epidose 1: Introduction In The Air: Episode 2 - Preparing for Surface Mount Work Introduction  I've been combining some "Working With Surface" mount material for this weeks post. The target audience will be anyone who has soldered previously, but has not done surface mount and anyone who could use a few more tricks to add to their repertoire. We'll be covering surface mount soldering using an iron and using paste. If you're not a fan of watching videos, ...
Introduction  Many of the parts we'll be dealing with in this challenge are surface mount. Therefore, it seems wise to me to blog about preparing for the surface mount board build. I have chosen a few items as part of the budget to prepare for this. Note, I am not endorsing these parts, as I have not used them yet. I will be purchasing them and I will comment on how I like them in a later blog post. Why talk about dealing with surface mount? Suppose you are working on this challenge and yo ...
I've been selected as a finalist for the In The Air Design Challenge. Firstly, I must provide this disclaimer:   I am the Senior Electrical Engineer for Hal Technology. I design hand-held and portable gas meters and particle counters. My idea for this project is definitely not a novel concept, but with the improvement in technology it is more viable. Essentially, as is stated in the project descriptions, I will create a Particulate Matter meter to be embedded in Heating, Ventilation, and A ...