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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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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Introduction to Battery Chargers (Part 1 of 2)

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One of the most common types of electronic circuits used in modern portable electronic products are battery chargers, specifically those for recharging lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries.

This two-part series will review three common battery chargers.

Part 1 reviews the Microchip MCP73831, which is simple to use and a great first battery charger to review.

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How to Pick the Right Voltage Regulator(s) for Your Design

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Probably more than 90% of products require a voltage regulator of some kind, making them one of the most commonly used electrical components.

Unless you’re able to run everything directly off battery voltage or an external AC/DC adapter voltage, a voltage regulator is required. Odds are that multiple voltage regulators will be needed.

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Tips for Hiring Engineers: Freelancers, Firms or In-house

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When starting a new product business, you’ll likely need to hire engineers.

Unless you happen to be a jack of all trades who can do electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and software development, or if you’re lucky enough to have a co-founder team with all of these skills, you’re going to have to bring on outside engineers.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed as a Hardware Entrepreneur?

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How do you know if you have what it takes to succeed with your product?

Developing a new product is no simple feat, and neither is getting it reliably manufactured. And, perhaps most challenging of all is figuring out how to get the word out about your product.

As you can imagine there are a wide variety of skills required to make all of this happen. Before you dive in and start spending big money, you should first evaluate if you have what it takes to make your product a success.

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