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Moore's Lobby is a podcast for electrical engineers and tech enthusiasts that shines a light on the industry's most pressing technical problems. Hear the voices of your role models and peers as you meet the leaders pushing the envelope of bleeding-edge technologies. The podcast covers the trials and triumphs they picked up along the way as host Dave Finch guides you through the human side of important EE concepts today. Tune in every other Tuesday for new episodes.
 
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MEP EP#282: When Print(); Just Works SMT Connector Considerations Switching from Though Hole connectors to Surface Mount connectors Price difference How many insertions? Via Stitching pads Plastic actuator update 420,000 presses and going strong 300 PPM Damn arduino Serial.println() Do Not Use Print For Debugging In Python Anymore Automatic verbose…
 
Google is one of the most prominent corporations in history. Since its founding in 1998, it's gone from a scrappy startup in Silicon Valley to the portal through which most people access the internet. How do you even begin to design compute infrastructure that massive? This week on Moore's Lobby, Dave talks with TWO Google Senior VPs of Engineering…
 
MEP EP#281: Through Hole Manufacturing Through Hole Manufacturing Processes Hand Soldering Soldering “robot” Wave soldering Design Criteria Pallets Selective soldering Design Criteria Keepouts Lead Forming Pre purchase? Forming with a die? Using hand tools? PCB design Holes Non circular? Annular rings IPC stuff IPC-2221 Generic Standard on Printed …
 
MEP EP#280: Don't Worry About It Adventures in plastic injection molding Beating the bubble Finding a new method of shooting the material to adjust for issues Change ejector pin depth Change material Light bleed Texturing Right to Repair is going global NPR business National Farmers Union Nebraska Legislature Bill 543 Getting a pro right to repair …
 
Microchip Technology is so recognizable in the semiconductor industry that it's hard to contemplate that it struggled rather a lot in its early years. From its split from General Instrument to its rocky beginnings as a company teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and on through its remarkable 121 consecutive profitable quarters, Microchip has fought…
 
MEP EP#279: Avoiding The HR Pit of Doom, Resume and Interview Tricks for Engineers Engineering Resumes The main goal: To start a conversation The resume is intended to give a snapshot of you not to be your autobiography The person doing the interview probably has other tasks that they have to accomplish Your interview is important but it is likely …
 
MEP EP#278: Design With Manufacturing - Altium and MacroFab Ted Pawela Altium's Chief Ecosystem Officer Head of Nexar, Altium's cloud business unit Holds a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University, a B.S in. Oceanographic Technology from Florida Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain Chris C…
 
Identifying what technology is going to change the world next is a superpower everyone wishes they had. If you could see where advancements were being made and where funds were being invested—and if you had the vision to act on what you saw—what could you accomplish? This is basically a job description for the CTO of Microsoft US, who is our guest …
 
MEP EP#277: Bunch of Nibbles Tasty Chips segment Harwin EZ-Cable Clips Mac-Eight CZ series Update - E-Z Hook Insulation Piercing Wire Clamp - 8507 Built a housing to isolate the wire clamps COM port snooper / sniffer? Ended up using 'Free Serial Analyzer' Automating Testing Clock Drift Using an oscilloscope? SCPI or some other method? 115 pages of …
 
MEP EP#276: Skippy Documentation Fake LM338 Voltage Regulators? X-RAY results Should we Xray legit LM137 and see if the XRAY matches? SCPI or Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments IEEE 488.2-1987 Send command strings over serial to configure and get results from test equipment Test equipment mostly adhere to this with some weird gotchas CO…
 
About five years ago, we reached the tipping point where it became cheaper to build a new wind farm than to build a conventional thermal power plant. Now we’re staring down the barrel of a second tipping point, where it will be cheaper to build a new wind farm than it will be to operate an existing conventional power plant. In this episode, Dave sp…
 
MEP EP#275: Log Stepping Revision Control Log stepper Exercise in madness 24 position stepped attenuator 1db steps with step 0 being -infinite and step 24 being 0db attenuation Requires lots of non standard resistor values Constant total resistance Excel sheet Make before break operation Revision workflow How do you document and handle revisions fo…
 
For some, it's a prototyping tool. For others, it's a gateway to freedom of expression. It's been a powerful tool for STEM education, an object of scorn, and the hardware platform that's launched a thousand Kickstarters. But no matter what your expectations are, Arduino will surprise you in 2021. Hear all about the origins of Arduino as an exercise…
 
MEP EP#274: The Pinch Load Thermal Management Part two! Interesting thermal management designs and devices Copper “fingers” Thermal Jumpers Common DRC Problems Annular ring Copper to Board Edge Tolerances of the checks? Why? -0.1mil or -0.00254mm Record Player Deconstruction Tube Amp Schematic Possible Fake components? From the thermal discussion f…
 
To say that autonomous vehicles represent a huge number of engineering challenges is an understatement. To some engineers, they seem insurmountable. To others, like Mo ElShenawy, they're part of another day at the office. This week, Dave speaks with Mo ElShenawy, Senior VP of Engineering for Cruise. Cruise began as a startup out of Y Combinator and…
 
MEP EP#272: The Digital Mattress Right To Repair Ease of opening for repairs This sounds great but I have some thoughts Reason why phones are hard to open now Security screws only keep out people that probably shouldn’t be opening the device anyways Ultrasonic welding and potting? Access to manuals What if repair manuals don't exist for a product? …
 
MEP EP#271: The Right to Repair Right To Repair Dot Org The Right to Repair Electronics refers to government legislation that is intended to allow consumers the ability to repair and modify their own consumer electronic devices, where otherwise the manufacturer of such devices requires the consumer to use only their offered services. This already e…
 
"Smart city" isn't exactly an engineering term. And yet engineers are responsible for developing the technologies that take a city from being advanced to being "smart," including wireless communications, sensor fusion, and machine-learning algorithms implemented to serve public life. But it turns out the real hurdles in the way of smart city techno…
 
MEP EP#270: Radio Frequency Eyeballs Cool XLR connector with a smart method of assembly NC3MD-H-BAG NC3FD-H-B XLR with two parts - one for mounting to the enclosure and the actual connector. Assemble separately - allows you to test the electronics on the board Insert and turn a small screw and lock the connector to the body Keysight scopes are now …
 
MEP EP#269: Illuminati Moment Fan controller for Jeep MCU P/N: G80F960AP 8051 core Chinese Generic MCU Override signal passes through a diode then pulled up with a 10K to 5.0V Diode to prevent back feeding voltage if you slap 12V onto it Mosfet inverter as the fix! PinoTaur REV 4 has Arrived! Goes into final testing for production certification! RG…
 
Dr. Aaron Edsinger spent years at MIT CSAIL's Humanoid Robotics Group, building robots in the shape of human torsos under the tutelage of world-renowned roboticist Rodney Brooks. It may seem strange, then, that the flagship product at his latest startup, Hello Robot, doesn't look human at all. Listen in to hear about how Edsinger views the differen…
 
MEP EP#268: Avoid The Extremes Fan controller for Jeep Brushless fan temperature controller Nothing fancy but the “override” signal is ground triggered! Will have to invert the A/C compressor signal with a relay Controlling PCB cost What are the knobs that can be turned to adjust the cost of the PCB itself? The easy ones Size (not necessarily recta…
 
MEP EP#267: Honey, I Shrunk The Parts Tradeoffs on component sizes "World's Smallest" Claims Can Come With Trade-Offs Design and Production considerations when going small Different PCB Design Rule Checks PCB pricing Via in Pad Escaping Components Silkscreen Part placements Assembly documents Tooling Paste Jetter Stencil coatings STICKERS/Labels fo…
 
This week in the Lobby, we have one of the original leaders of the single-board computer (SBC) industry, Jason Kridner of BeagleBoard.org, whose BeagleBone line of open-source SBCs is manufactured by Texas Instruments in partnership with Digi-Key and Newark element14. In this episode, Jason and Dave get into the importance of rapid prototyping for …
 
MEP EP#266: The Expert Design for Manufacturing – Beyond the Digital Domain Webinar that Chris Church (Co-Founder of MacroFab) will be co-hosting with Edwin Robledo of AutoDesk. Building a Program and Testing procedure for your first production run Take lots of pictures Keep it up to date and version controlled Hand off the procedure to a colleague…
 
MEP EP#265: NuFuel and Gas Classic Resealing 12oz cans? FAIL! Worked till can shaken a bunch Improvements Working on finding a softer sealing surface Currently using a Shore 55A neoprene rubber sheet Increase seal pressure on can Carmakers wake up to new pecking order as chip crunch intensifies Follow up from last week's discussion on Auto industry…
 
Did you know that changing the size of a quantum dot changes the color it emits without altering any other properties? This deceptively simple fact goes down to the quantum level, where the color of a quantum dot can be controlled by changing how many nanometers across it is. In this episode of Moore's Lobby, we're diving into what Dr. Seth Coe-Sul…
 
MEP EP#264: Electronic Wear Items Tesla Recalls Cars With EMMC Failures, Calls Part A ‘Wear Item’ Wear items on cars are designed to be “easily” serviced Is this just a cop out to avoid warranty issues and recall problems? If the EMMC is a wear item it should have a recommended service interval but it does not Derek Fronek from the slack channel: “…
 
MEP EP#263: Hoarders Edition Chris Carter Owner of Mercury inc, a design consulting firm with expertise in electrical mechanical software and firmware development Was last seen on MEP episode 244 Comic Con for Engineers DFM For Safety As in Supply Chain Safety Difference in projects Project specific information Based on price and quantity breaks fo…
 
As CTO and co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop, Giegel is a mechanical engineer, former aerospace researcher, and a transportation revolutionary. Hyperloop transportation has always been a bombastic proposal. Virgin Hyperloop aims to provide ground transportation up to 670 miles per hour. At those speeds, you could step into a hyperloop pod in New York …
 
MEP EP#262: Flex PCB Primers Parker Robert Feranec Published a video about what to consider when selecting chips for your new board design. Don’t want to steal Robert's content so go check him out. Hardware design and PCB Layout online course Comprehensive Power Supply System Designs for Harsh Automotive Environments Consume Minimal Space, Preserve…
 
MEP EP#261: Critical Path Components Parker What can you do to help alleviate component shortages and lead times in your design Last week we talked about automotive component shortages Passive components Most passives it is easy to find substitutes Check your specifications Components that have extraordinary specs for there package size Active comp…
 
What does it take for a motorsport team to win five Formula E championships? And how do automotive companies translate that success into the electric vehicles we drive every day? We’re kicking off Season 2 of Moore’s Lobby with a guest who will be familiar to motorsports fans across Formula 1 and its electric vehicle counterpart, Formula E. Motorsp…
 
MEP EP#260: A Couple Months Ago... Parker Homebrew going big Uncle runs a brewpub down in Alvin, Tx Going to help him repair and rebuild the brewery for post COVID Building more electrical boxes Chip shortages hit even as auto chip sales climb Ford and Fiat Chrysler are temporarily closing factories due to limited supplies of electronic components …
 
Season 2 of Moore's Lobby releases January 21st, 2021! Last year, we brought you the personal stories and experiences of some of the most interesting engineers from some of the most respected companies in our industry. This season, you’ll get cutting-edge insights from the leaders of groundbreaking companies like Virgin Hyperloop, Formula E, NS Nan…
 
MEP EP#259: Troncrete Parker Your C@$% Is Mine Now We actually brought up the security report on this device back in Oct 2020 on episode MEP 245: K-factoring A Gumbo Qiui, the China-based manufacturer of the device, which is aptly called Cellmate, did not respond to a request for comment Stephen Solar Freaking Roadways! First talked about on MEP EP…
 
MEP EP#258: Chainsaws, Wasps, Doom, and Gloom Parker PCBA Lead Times in Q1 2021 Supply chain disruption in 2020 started with the Lunar New Year and quickly extended into the COVID-19 2021 LNY falls between February 9 to February 16 COVID-19 Vaccines Logistic capacity being reserved for the vaccine distribution 10 Day service at MF will be the bigge…
 
MEP EP#257: Viciously Different Creams Parker The ole ordered a 0603 and it was metric instead resulting in an 0201 imperial chip component. 0.6mm x 0.3mm = 0.024” x 0.012” 0201 imperial chip size only size that does not match the actual size Imperial 0201 is 24mil x 12mil... not 20mil x 10mil like the name implies Imperial 0603 is 60mil x 30mil 06…
 
MEP EP#256: Color Clashing Chip Consolidation Parker Whats up with the Cat feeder unreminder? Still waiting on components to test with PinoTaur taking priority Email PDFs of wiring harnesses Jeep Fan Project Revisit Jeep Fan was a project idea to take sensor input from all over the Jeep and display on a VFD Universal Multi Gauge exist but kinda suc…
 
This keynote panel is moderated by engineer, New York Times bestselling author and producer of the Moore's Lobby podcast on All About Circuits, Dave Finch. About Our Panelists Mark Burr-Lonnon, Senior Vice President of Global Service & EMEA and APAC Business at Mouser Electronics Mark Burr-Lonnon, Senior Vice President of Global Service & EMEA and …
 
MEP EP#255: Fifth Annual MacroFab Star Wars Christmas Special - Neo Jedi Parker SPACE TRASH in Star Wars Recently ESA commissioned the world’s first space debris removal ClearSpace-1 which will launch in 2025 Would space trash be a concern for the galaxy far far away? I don’t think the Empire cares all too much about space garbage since they just j…
 
MEP EP#254: Ridiculous Relay Ratings Parker PinoTaur updates REV 4 Automotive relays are not certified to run at the voltages we need G2RL-1A-E-CV DC12 Max voltage rating is 300VDC “Rated” current is 24VDC at 16A G2RG-2A-X DC12 Rated at 500VDC at 10A Looking at other relays used for this purpose in production machines… Am I missing something in cho…
 
In this keynote, Dev Singh will engage in discussion with Dave Finch, engineer, New York Times bestselling author, and producer of the Moore's Lobby podcast on All About Circuits. The keynote session will be followed by a live Q&A with the audience. About Dev Singh Dev Singh serves as Senior Director of Business Development and Head of Autonomous R…
 
MEP EP#253: Benjamin Jordan of Autodesk Benjamin Jordan A Computer Systems and PCB Engineer with over 25 years of experience in embedded systems, FPGA, and PCB design Is an avid tinkerer and is passionate about the creation of electronic devices of all kinds Holds a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honors from the University of Southern Que…
 
MEP EP#252: Kicking Troglodytes Off The Stage Parker PCB serial numbering or other unique marking I have batches of boards and need to put some unique numeric identifier and a MAC address on each board. Besides stickers, laser etching, scratching or DIY stencil and paint, what are folks doing? PinoTaur REV 3 boards arrived REV 4 changes already ;) …
 
In this keynote, Lucas and Bryn will engage in discussion with Dave Finch, engineer, New York Times bestselling author, and producer of the Moore's Lobby podcast on All About Circuits. The keynote session will be followed by a live Q&A with the audience. About Lucas di Grassi Born in Sao Paulo, Lucas di Grassi is one of developers of the highly suc…
 
MEP EP#251: Loopholes or Equivalent Parker Wiring Harness update Wire Jacket Temperature rating Wire strandedness or number of strands Labeling Requirements? Treatment to pigtail end RoHs? The Untold Story Of The Bug That Almost Sank The Dreamcast's North American Launch Audio IC hardware layout problem Floating input pin causing the IC to flip int…
 
MEP EP#250: Artisan Sudo Toasters Parker EXTRALIFE charity update How Biden may handle China and the electronics trade CHIPS Act Creating Helpful Incentives for Producing Semiconductors Incentives for the construction of semiconductor manufacturing facilities and equipment Calls for $300 billion in new funding over four years for R&D and breakthrou…
 
In this episode, Professor Anant Agarwal spoke with host Dave Finch about the next 5, 10, 25 years of online education for engineers. The keynote session was followed by a live Q&A with the audience. About Anant Agarwal Anant Agarwal is the Founder and CEO of edX. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 15…
 
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