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Bench Talk for Design Engineers

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Bench Talk for Design Engineers | The Official Blog of Mouser Electronics


Technical Content Is Blazing New Trails Deborah Ray
On Halloween afternoon, Mouser’s technical content team was hard at work developing the company’s latest technical articles, ezines, blogs, videos, projects, and web pages. A simple observation—and the team discussion that ensued—highlights the many areas of expertise, personalities, and passions that developing technical content requires. What’s more, it underscores how the thriving trend in technical content marketing exemplifies the changing roles and skills required for today’s engineers and technical professionals.

Introducing an MCU Guy to FPGA: Part 2 Mouser Staff
Recently I was given a project that would require me to transition from MCU to FPGA development. In this four-part blog series, I examine how I translated my existing knowledge and experiencing with MCUs into FPGA development. In Part 1, I examined some advantages and disadvantages of FPGAs, introduced the Terasic DE10 Nano development kit, and explored a few key FPGA planning considerations. Now in Part 2, I explore example code and discover additional useful resources.

Introducing an MCU Guy To FPGA: Part 1 Mouser Staff
Recently I was given a project that would require me to make the transition from MCU to FPGA development, which requires a move into the bigger and more capable ARM cortex outside of the safety and ease of the mBed environment. In this four-part blog series, I’ll examine how to translate my existing knowledge and experiencing with MCUs into FPGA development. In Part 1, we’ll begin with some advantages and disadvantages of FPGAs, introduce you to the Terasic DE10 Nano development kit, and look at a few key FPGA planning considerations.

Engineering Career Fairs: Yeah, You Gotta Talk About Yourself Deborah Ray
If you’re like many engineering students, you probably find the idea of attending a career fair to be a bit nerve-racking. Most of us would probably prefer just to lurk at the career fair and land an internship based on our resumes and professor recommendations and maybe a bit of osmosis. Not all of us are comfortable talking about ourselves—much less selling ourselves. As you’ll see, a little planning and practice go a long way in presenting yourself as articulate and cogent, easing those sweaty palms, and standing out as a candidate.

Engineering Career Fairs: Go...And Go Often Deborah Ray
Engineering career fairs are meet-and-greet opportunities that bring together prospective employers and students looking for internships. Many students make the mistake of waiting until they’re ready to apply for internships to attend, but attending early on and throughout your program offers many benefits.

The Making of Makers Deborah Ray
When it comes to making a Maker, education, mentoring, and big ideas are key. Projects become about the journey of problem solving, and big ideas.

Design Patterns: An Intuitive Approach to Circuit Analysis Mike Parks
Circuit design incorporates elements that are often repeated across many different circuits. Learning these patterns can enrich your own designs and inform how you see others schematics.

Mind Your R’s and C’s: A Look at Different Types of Resistors and Capacitors Mike Parks
There's a lot more to resistors and capacitors than just a symbol on a circuit. Learn about the various construction and performance characteristics of these overlooked parts to find which is right for your design.

Engineers of Many Packages Lynnette Reese
I was reading about the women of the #iLookLikeAnEngineer movement going through the blogosphere. The perceptions of “what an engineer looks like” might be changing. If a Hollywood writer is asked to “describe what an engineer looks like,” they would say he’s got short hair, wears a short sleeve shirt tucked into his trousers, and looks like engineers from the Apollo 13 movie. I disagree, and so do many others, apparently. I am an engineer and I look more like a housewife. (I get mistaken for everything but an engineer, actually.)

Make Your Own Job with Open Source Hardware: What Students Don’t Know Lynnette Reese
When jobs are scarce, open source hardware is opening doors for young engineers to gain experience, offering an alternative to simply waiting in between job searches. In slow economic times, engineers (and non-engineers alike) can go straight toward working for themselves, designing custom electronics systems for low volume applications such as vending machines, environmental data logging, drones for police, or designing custom solutions as consultants.

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