Description: Rena C. Ayeras is a writer, editor and blogger with a technical background: test, development, and managing and training technicians. Recognizing the value of the guidelines, reports and articles she wrote as an engineer; she chose to focus on those contributions and moved over to technical writing, and has since branched out to marcom and blogging. BSIT. Member of IEEE.


Posts by Rena:

Engineering and Sports: More Similar Than You Think

Sports and Engineering
The field of Sports Engineering is rapidly growing and becoming more popular on an international level, since it unites two seemingly dissimilar interests: the physically demanding world of sports, and the intellectually intense world of technology and engineering.

But, as this field of study rises into prominence, it is worthwhile to ask: in w...

10 Electrical Engineering Universities You Need to Apply To

universitiesSource: Engineering Schools

You are a science and math whiz, and you have a passion for computer systems and digital systems design. There are many options available that will let you turn your passions into a degree that will land your dream job. But how are you to know the perfect choice that will also encompass your acquired skills?

This foll...

Working with USB Type-C Devices? Total Phase USB Power Delivery Analyzer Makes it Easy to Set up and Take Real Time Measurements

Do you know what it takes to start monitoring the communication between USB Type-C devices, as well as the VBUS and VCONN voltage? With the Total Phase USB Power Delivery Analyzer - download the software, connect the USB Power Delivery to your devices and take measurements. There are five easy steps shown in the video below:

As you also saw i...

How Do I Connect a Beagle USB 480 Protocol Analyzer to an Embedded Circuit and Ensure Signal Integrity?

Question from the Customer:

I have a product with a Coldfire processor that is connected to a peripheral device via high-speed USB. The processor and the peripheral are on the same board and the USB lines are connected by copper traces. I want to monitor the USB traffic with our Beagle USB 480 Protocol Analyzer, but since the USB signal lines b...

How Does the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter Move from Development, Test and Verification to Production?

Question from the Customer:

I have created a program for a new flash device. Using the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter, this part has been debugged, tested and verified – it’s now ready for production. This is a special order for one customer – the volume we’ll need to produce is much smaller than usual.

Currently, what I can do is read a ...

Why does Windows care whether a device driver is signed or unsigned? What is the difference?

Sometimes you see what might not be safe: unsigned drivers

   Windows warning for unsigned drivers

When you download and start to install a device driver in Windows, you might see a warning that the driver is not signed and should not be installed.

What is a device driver? 

A device driver (also referred to as a driver) is a computer program that operates or controls a p...

The Life Sum of an Engineering Student

What is this sundown-to-sunup Spring Break shindig in Miami? We have a better definition of a party.


 Total Phase Engineering Student

Photo source: Quick Meme

Freshman or senior, surviving as an engineering student is no easy feat.  Knee deep in programming, architecture and modeling homework, surviving off ramen noodles and wearing last week’s dirty jeans bec...

Do You Have the Total Phase eSPI Analysis Analyzer? Now You Can Use the Data Center Software for Hardware Filters, and Simple and Advanced Triggers!

Our new Data Center Software release gives you more capability when you use the eSPI Analysis Analyzer – the eSPI Analysis Application and the Promira Serial Platform together: Hardware Filters, Simple Triggers and Advanced Triggers.

 eSPI filtering and trigger options with Data Center Software

Figure 1: Data Center Software – eSPI Analysis Analyzer Features

Here’s a summary of the f...

How Do I Apply Asynchronous Read and Send Processes with the Komodo CAN Duo Interface to Communicate with Two Separate Electronically Scanning Radar (ESR) Units?

Question from the Customer:

I have a Komodo Duo CAN Interface that I am using to read CAN messages from two ESR (electronically scanning radar) units. I have successfully connected to the Komodo device with a reading process.

 Komodo API Software can be used to simultaneously transmit multi-thread commands

Figure 1: Komodo DUO CAN Interface

I need to use a different process for sending messages to the Komodo i...

A Breakdown of the Apple 9.3 Update

Recently, Apple released an upgrade that’s making serious waves for iPhone users: iOS 9.3. The update is now available for download on your Apple device, and it comes with a number super sleek features that are sure to transform your iPhone experience.

If you don’t already have the latest version of iOS 9, you can get it by simply going to s...