Behind the Scenes of Video Game Consoles: Embedded Systems

Video Console

Original Photo by Stas Knop

Video gaming has come a long way from its humble beginnings. From what was a rudimentary system with simple graphics and joystick controllers quickly became much more evolved, and now, the video games we know of today are extraordinarily advanced.

Embedded Components of a Video Game Console

Video game consol...

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Advanced Cable Tester Report showing resistor errors Advanced Cable Tester Report

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Synchronized Clocks

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