Drum roll... Below are the next four articles (8 through 5) in the Industrial Control Top Articles for 2013 countdown. Did you miss Part 1? Click here to see 13 through 9 (it's a baker's dozen since it's 2013).
Again, notice that several of these were not originally published in 2013. They were, however, the most popular during this year as evidenced by page views -- which proves the long shelf life for really good content. While EE Times is no longer soliciting feature articles (but I am for EDN), I am interested in blogs and in Tips & Tricks and Tips & Trends articles.
Here are the headline and a recap of each article. Please click on the headline to read the full article. So, counting backwards from 8 through 5, here are the winners:
8. Introduction to USB, Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII
At 5 Gbit/s, a processor running at 1 GHz or more is necessary to take advantage of USB 3.0. For embedded devices, however, 400 MHz or lower is plenty, while 50 percent of designs operate in the 50 to 100 MHz range.
7. What Is Power Line Communication?
PLC is like any other communication technology whereby a sender modulates the data to be sent, injects it onto a medium, and the receiver de-modulates the data to read it.
6. A Primer on High-Side FET Load Switches, Part I, Part II
Understand the operation, functions, and key parameters of high-side FET load switches, as well as the similarities and differences between N-channel and P-channel devices.
5. Slideshow: DARPA's Virtual Robotics Challenge Gets Underway
Nine of the 26 teams that competed in Phase One of the Virtual Robotics Challenge are moving on to the next round.
Come back next week for the top four articles for the year, and see who won the coveted No. 1 slot.