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A Handy-Dandy Crystal Oscillator Kit, and why you need it.

by Wayne Lesperance on February 16, 2015

Continuing with our concept that individual components necessary for building our larger test systems can often (by themselves) be useful - we give you the XO101 Crystal Oscillator Kit.Electrical engineers, EE Students and the like, often need a reference (time base) frequency to work from.  The XO101 kit includes a series of oscillators with common frequencies, ranging from 1MHz to 40MHz.  Wether you need a basic clock oscillator to complete a project, or a solid time base for reference purposes, we believe you will find this kit useful. "Sometimes you have an idea that requires a specific signal source to accurately flush it out...

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As we close the books on our first year at Esterline Research & Design, I couldn't be happier.  Happier about my decision to partner with the people I did, and the direction we are going.  As the only partner of ER&D who's not an engineer, these are few personal observations I have made over the past year. Fair warning to engineers:  This is not a technical paper, and at times includes such things as humor, speculation and vagueness. 1.  Engineers are incredible multi-taskers.  It's probably about as consistently true as saying car salesmen are good talkers.Maybe it's the nature of the..

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Timing is everything - Setting a new standard in Clock Generators

by Wayne Lesperance on September 23, 2014

Being in the Frequency Control industry, we commonly run across the need to generate specific signals for testing circuits.For development and proof of concept, a stable clock generator is a standard piece of equipment. Although single channel clock generators are found in labs everywhere, they generally come in a big form factor with a big price tag.With the goal of adding capability, while reducing size and cost - The CG5 comes in a sleek 3.5" x 3.3" x 0.5" case and connects to a desktop or laptop which eliminates the need for a bulky and costly integrated display. A clock generator found in a lab might..

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When does the Design Phase End?

by Wayne Lesperance on September 08, 2014

As we approached the point of bringing our first product to market, packaging became a focal point. It only makes sense to ship high end, high precision electronic gear in the most secure way possible, but does it matter what it looks like? That was the question...  Typical outer packaging Bad example of inside packaging So, if it’s already been purchased, is there anything to gain from packaging appeal? If you’ve ever bought something from Apple (for example), you’ve seen the difference first hand.With Apple, packaging appeal is given nearly as much consideration as the product itself. I can’t speak for everyone,..

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The new ER&D DA-10M0 5 channel 10 Mhz distribution amp features SMA inputs and outputs with optional programmable output power.Input power is supplied via wall wart or screw terminals.  With a 3.5" x 3.3" x 0.5" footprint, this distribution amplifier can be embedded in larger RF systems requiring low noise distribution of reference signals or used as a standalone DA.The default option is discrete filtering set for 10MHz reference distribution.  However any custom frequency (up to 100MHz) can be accommodated, upon request."What's great about this module is that it's something we have immediate use for ourselves" At ER&D we do a..

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The new Pick and Place is in place...

by Wayne Lesperance on July 08, 2014

As much fun as it is to hand build a PCB, it can be awfully time consuming.  Prototyping a single board isn't so bad, but once you have the final design nailed down it's just intricate busy work.Today we got our new Pick and Place Machine all set up and tested and we're pretty excited about it.  It's not a large scale model, but it's perfect for what we need.  Given we are primarily a R&D company and not a big manufacturing facility, it's ideal for our needs. After doing some due diligence, we decided to go with the Dengxin..

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