• Robert Byrne

12 essential resources for electrical engineers



Here are 12 of our favorite resources, covering a wide range of all things EE.


EDN


EDN is a community for electrical engineers. In addition to news and regular industry subject matter experts regularly contributing pieces, EDN also has a lot of resources, such as tools, courses, and community feedback on questions or your design ideas. EDN is a great place to glance through weekly or become part of the community and engage in conversation.


In our spare time, we also love following their teardown series! Highly recommended for those who enjoy looking under the hood of consumer electronics. EDN’s weekly newsletter is also a great read if you don’t have time to browse all of the site sections.




EE Power


EE Power boasts a massive archive of content, including a podcast with senior-level engineers at Fortune 500 companies, frequent news, datasheets, technical articles, market insights, and white papers.


EE Power’s Podcast, Moore’s Lobby, features high-profile leaders discussing industry trends, human stories behind organizations and engineering teams, and, above all, circuits.




Maker.pro


Need some inspiration for a project you’re working on professionally? Or need a break from that work and want to create for fun? Maker. pro has both, with a massive community offering tutorials and guides full of videos, diagrams, boards, and 3D models to guide you through DIY projects.


Members collaborate on projects with one another, share designs, and are also guided on how to bring their creations to market. We also recommend any projects you’re tinkering with; it may be helpful to other community members, and they will provide you feedback on your posts.


Along with videos, projects are often written like recipes, with the hardware listed like ingredients and necessary tools as if they are in the kitchen.





EE World


Their blog and youtube series span Chroma systems, microchips, GaN systems, Digi-Key, and even oscilloscopes. EE World focuses far beyond just industry news. The ‘Digital Issues’ section is essentially handbooks covering broader topics, like IoT and power electronics.


On the denser side of things, their whitepapers provide in-depth research on topics such as prototyping, overvoltage prevention, and signal chains.





IEEE Spectrum


A site funded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers organization, IEEE Spectrum provides daily news on startups and enterprise inventions. Like the professional association that created it, IEEE Spectrum’s news coverage is global and covers many industries, including Biomed, Aerospace, AI, Consumer electronics, Robotics, Telecommunications, Transportation, and more.


We recommend checking out the ‘History of Technology’ section, which is regularly updated with articles on the evolution of well-known inventions, as well as the stories of some lesser known technological advances.




EEVBlog


Looking to find a community of electrical engineers? The EEVblog forum provides just that with its “free and open forum for electronics enthusiasts and professionals” that spans multiple topics from microcontrollers to thermal imaging to test equipment.


Additionally, there are a variety of unscripted tutorials and blog videos on their YouTube channel designed to educate and entertain their viewers based on creator, David L. Jones passionate charisma and knowledge from his 25+ years in the EDI. The EEVblog is a great site for beginners and experts alike.




TheAnalog.io


Created by engineers for engineers, Theanalog.io is a go-to weekly, technical newsletter that covers a variety of topics in hardware engineering and manufacturing news. The structure of the newsletter gives a clean and simple look that is effectively jam-packed with relevant links to interesting weekly highlights, startups, links, and jobs.


The focus of the newsletter brings an emphasis to the personal side of engineering with in-depth interviews of individuals or companies that are actively working in the field and their experience and expertise.



r/Embedded


Who doesn’t love a good subreddit thread? Embedded is a sub thread dedicated to discussions and questions about embedded systems. With over 70k members, there is no shortage of EE to converse with and assist you with any questions that arise.


There is also an Embedded Wiki with a job FAQ for concerns like breaking into the embedded systems design positions and a technical FAQ that handles resource concerns for developmental tools and CI/CD.



Embedded Artistry


Embedded Artistry provides embedded systems content that teaches its readers advanced skills and modern software practices. They offer courses in areas like Architecture & Design, Building Software, and Embedded C++, and they also have relevant blog posts, a community forum, and a newsletter, all for free.


One of our favorite and unique parts of Embedded Artistry is the Field Atlas. This field guide offers information about software engineering, electrical engineering, product development, managing a career, and mastering ourselves that has been collected throughout the creators' careers. It’s easy to use and filled with helpful information.




The Agile Embedded Podcast


Listen to The Agile Embedded Podcast with Jeff Gable and Luca Ingianni. This podcast focuses on topics that get your embedded device to market faster and have higher quality with an emphasis on safety-critical industries.


The Agile Embedded Podcast is available on Apple, Google, and Spotify.




Phil's Lab


Sometimes, it’s just more helpful to have a reliable visual guide. Cue in, Phil’s Lab on YouTube. This channel offers tutorials on PCB design, Control System design, DSP, analog and digital electronics design, and more.


Phil’s Lab spans a large range of topics while providing an in-depth look at each video.



FEDEVEL Academy


FEDEVEL Academy offers top-notch courses led by a Motherboard Designer that explain advanced hardware design, advanced PCB layout, how to design your own board, and the essentials of creating uBoot, Linux, and more for your boards.


You should also check out their YouTube channel, which centers around schematic and PCB design.



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