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Ultimate Guide – How to Develop a New Electronic Hardware Product in 2019

Published on by John Teel

So you want to develop a new electronic hardware product?

Let me start with the good news – it’s possible. You can develop a hardware product regardless of your technical level and you don’t necessarily need to be an engineer to succeed (although it certainly helps).

It’s easier now in 2019 than ever before to develop a new electronic product.

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Overview of the Various Types of Hardware Prototypes

Published on by John Teel

There are many types of prototypes that you will hear about when developing a new hardware product. Each stage of bringing your product to market has different prototype requirements.

Unfortunately, a single prototype is never sufficient for bringing a commercial product to market. No matter how advanced computer-aided-design has become any new product will require multiple prototype iterations.

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How to Select the Optimal Battery Technology for Your Application

Published on by John Teel

Choosing a battery for a given application involves more than just knowing the application requirements. An understanding of the underlying technology of each battery type, its characteristics, limitations, and advantages, is required in order to select the right type of battery.

The batteries described here are all based on electrochemical processes that produce electricity. We’ll be looking at both disposable and rechargeable battery technologies.

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What Business Structure is Best for a Hardware Startup?

Published on by John Teel

Determining the right type of business structure for your startup is critical. It affects how much you pay in taxes, your ability to raise outside funding, the paperwork you need to file, and your personal liability.

Unfortunately, choosing the right business structure can be difficult given the number of options and their implications.

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How to Select the Microcontroller for Your New Product

Published on by John Teel

Selecting the right microcontroller for a project involves juggling many factors. In addition to cost, performance, power consumption and overall size, the availability of the proper software and hardware tools is a prime consideration.

Support for the chosen platform is also very important – not just from the vendor, but from the community at large. It also helps if the chosen microcontroller has a readily available development board.

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Comparison of Memory Types Available for Your Product

Published on by John Teel

Every electronic system that has some kind of microcontroller, or microprocessor, needs to have some memory attached to it.

This memory holds the program that the processor executes. It also holds the data that the program requires, or produces. This data may come from sensors, or is some intermediate result of the running program, or is simply to be saved or displayed. In an ideal world, there should be only one kind of memory.

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Market (and Sell) Your Product While You Develop It

Published on by John Teel

When bringing a new product to market, most entrepreneurs follow the same, orderly sequence.

First, they focus solely on product development. After that’s complete, they focus on manufacturing. Once the manufacturing is setup, they finally start thinking about how to market and sell the product.

Though it’s the norm, completing these steps in sequential order is not the optimal way to produce a new product, and it greatly increases the chances that, after investing so much time and energy into the process, you end up with a product that no one wants.

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How to Select the Best Display for Your Project

Published on by John Teel

If your new electronic product requires a display, then it is essential that you select the right type of display.

Your choice of a display directly impacts your product’s user experience simply by being one of its most visible aspects. A display is also likely to be one of the most expensive components in your product, and also one of the most power hungry.

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How to Validate Your New Product Idea

Published on by John Teel

Many entrepreneurs have so much confidence in their product idea, and are so sure that it will be a success, that they skip one of the most critical steps when bringing a product to market. That step is to first validate the product idea.

First, you need to make sure that there’s a market for your idea. Then, you need to verify that those people will pay money for your product.

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Introduction to Battery Chargers (Part 2 of 2)

Published on by John Teel

In this second part on battery chargers we’re going to be looking at the BQ24092 and the BQ24703 chargers from Texas Instruments.

If you are not familiar with lithium battery chargers I highly recommend you first read part 1 where I explain some of the fundamental concepts.

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at a relatively simple charger, the Microchip MCP73831. Here’s a quick review of the MCP73831:

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