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Any tips on being more hardware savvy?

  1. Aug 7, 2008 #1
    I could have posted this in design/systems engineering but thought I'd reach more user's this way.

    How could I get better with hardware? Should I be building kits, taking existing devices apart, living on www.sparkfun.com ? I wish I could be at the stage that I can take any idea and be able to design it/ or know how to design it by the end of my degree.

    any advice?
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  3. Aug 7, 2008 #2


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    Yes, kits are a good way to start. Then, buy a microcontroller (uC) development board, like for a PIC or other entry-level uC, and start building IO boards for it that do fun things for projects, like a motor controller board, or a display board, etc. That way you'll get experience in building projects on your own, as well as uC and programming experience.
  4. Aug 7, 2008 #3


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    Application notes from data sheets of integrated circuits. Op-amps are good place to start for some analog circuits.
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