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The Chip Shortage is a Manufacturing Problem with a Technology Solution

The demand for semiconductor chips has exploded with the rise of technology consumption in the last couple of years. Semiconductor chips are used in every electronic device from smartphones, laptops, game consoles, to smart IoT appliances that we use everyday. The automotive industry also heavily relies on semiconductor chips, especially with increased production of electric cars and autonomous self-driving vehicles.

Semiconductor chips are like the nuts and bolts of our digital world: we use them every day but don’t often give them much thought. Chips are essential in powering modern day technology, which is why the global chip shortage can have a huge impact on our daily lives.

We have been in a severe global chip shortage since 2020. In fact, chip suppliers are finally catching up and increasing production to pre-pandemic levels, but the demand for chips has only increased since then. The fact that companies are still ramping up IoT production underlines that the silicon shortage will continue to be an issue in the coming years.

So what’s causing this chip shortage? And how can we navigate this global problem?

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5 Simple DIY Arduino Projects for Beginners and Hobbyists

It is exciting to see how the maker movement has taken off which encourages people to learn how to create things from scratch. Arduino is one of the most popular microcontrollers in the maker and hacker community because of its accessibility and flexibility. Because Arduino was designed to be beginner-friendly, people who are new to programming and electronics can create functional or artistic projects quickly. From wearable Arduino devices to home automation, this simple and versatile board allows for a wide spectrum of possibilities.

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4 DIY IoT Projects to Turn Your House Into a Smart Home

The Internet of Things (IoT) provides a way for people to make their home living smarter and easier. However, incorporating IoT technology into your home can be cost-prohibitive since a smart home system can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.

But turning your living space into a smart home does not need to be expensive – it just takes a little know-how, a little time, and a suitable microcontroller board. Just follow the guide and you will see how easy it can be to build your own smart home. Here are 4 DIY IoT smart home projects that software hackers, hobbyists, and beginners can build to turn your house into a smart home.

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Why Digital Twinning is the Future of IoT

Prototype with digital twins helps de-risk IoT hardware development
Prototype with digital twins helps de-risk hardware development

There are so many things that have to go right with a new IoT product before it can be sold to the public. For hardware developers, managing all of these variables and unknowns can be an overwhelming, daunting task. One of the most common and biggest barriers to product launch is the requirement to develop physical prototypes. Developers might waste precious time developing and testing each new prototype. Working with a digital twin can bring in significant time and cost savings.

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The Hardware Development Revolution Hasn’t Arrived (Yet)

In the world of technology, we often speak of hardware and software as two sides of the same coin. Hardware (the physical component of an electronic system) and software (the programs and applications installed on hardware) are very different, but still must work together to deliver the familiar products and services we use every day.

Since the invention of the very first computer, both hardware and software have played an integral part in technological innovation. We can’t build SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) products without powerful servers and data centers. Nor can we use our personal computers to their fullest potential without well-designed operating systems and software applications.

However, despite their symbiotic relationship, development tools for hardware and software have had very different evolutionary paths in recent years. While software development tools have become powerful, mobile, and accessible, professional hardware development tools remain largely stuck in the ’90s, with clunky GUIs, and hard-to-use interfaces.

Why is there a lack of innovation in hardware development tools, and why does that matter?

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5 Best Free Online Circuit Simulators for PCB Design

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Circuit simulators are often used during the PCB design process to help verify how electrical components interact with each other.

There are several different types of softwares for designing electronic systems such as integrated circuits and printed circuit boards, and they are commonly categorized as Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools.

Digital circuits are often designed and built with software using specific programming languages. On the other hand, analog circuits needs to be designed by SPICE-type (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) simulator.

Depending on the complexity of features, EDA softwares can range from $0 to hundreds and thousands of dollars. We compiled a list of free online circuit builders that are great for developers who are looking for easy to use circuit simulators that won’t break the bank.

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Best Makerspaces for Sharing DIY Tech Projects

Just built a cool DIY tech project that you’re proud of? Want to meet like-minded hackers who enjoy working on interesting electronics projects? Join a makerspace to be involved in the maker community!

Joining a maker space is a great way to:

  • Share your DIY projects to get feedback
  • Attend themed maker events and classes
  • Meet and collaborate with other like-minded hackers
  • Learn new trends in the hardware/DIY space
  • Get new DIY project ideas

If you are wondering where to find a makerspace that suit your needs, we’ve compiled a list of best makerspaces ranging from local maker workshops to online hobbyist communities:

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