Printed Circuits

Printed Circuits Handbook
50th Anniversary Edition
By Coombs, Clyde F., Jr. (EDT)/ Holden, Happy T. (EDT)
Book – 2016

Electronics manufacturing engineers will want to have a copy of this handbook on their shelf. 1600 pages packed with information! Yes, the information is all online, but this book gathers it together in one place. Did you want to know how to solder a BGA (Ball Grid Array) chip onto a circuit board, reliably, despite having most of the contacts hidden under the chip?

Manufacturing in Ottawa? Did it not all move overseas? Yes, mostly, but there are still some low volume, high spec operations here. Not to mention the reverse engineering companies which inspect circuits made elsewhere, mostly to help defend patents. “Inspect” meaning to carefully cut it apart and put it under a high power microscope.

Solar Electricity

Solar Electricity Handbook A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy : How to Design and Install Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems By Boxwell, Michael Book – 2015

If you are planning to put solar panels up, this is the most practical current advice I know of. The book is well written, and seems to tell you soup-to-nuts how to choose and size your components, whether you want to be off the grid, or tied to the grid and selling your (occasional) surplus power. The author is British, but the advice seems to be good for North America and Australia too.

Make Photon Wifi

Make Getting Started With the Photon: Making Things With the Affordable, Compact, Hackable Wifi Module By Monk, Simon/ Supalla, Zach (FRW) Book – 2015

A tiny, wonderful book for a tiny, wonderful module. The Photon is a stamp sized processor board with an ARM processor and WIFI networking. The book is 200 pages packed with information on programming (C language), electronics (breadboard with simple components), and IOT (Internet Of Things) system design. Build 15 simple projects. Control the Photon remotely from a smartphone app or directly from a PC.

Experienced programmers or technologists will be able to skip most of this book. High school students will enjoy the projects, and learn so much.