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Getting En-Meshed in Bluetooth

“You need to be careful with a Bluetooth headset, because some guys look crazy with them.” – Neil Strauss

If you shout “Bluetooth!” in a crowded theater, most people will think, “earpiece,” or “car phone,” or “Danish king with iffy dental work.” Or they’ll just think you’re a nerd. But few will think, “hmmm… mesh networking.”

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The Goldilocks of Flash Memory

“Time moves in one direction, memory in another.” — William Gibson

The first impression wasn’t good. The opening PowerPoint slide showed the usual company logo, some pleasing clipart, and a punchy slogan. It read, “Inventing memory for things™.”

Really? That was the best tagline you could come up with? What did that little bon mot cost you, or was it the … Read More → "The Goldilocks of Flash Memory"

Automatic Car Driver Detection

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and, more specifically, Machine Learning (ML) seem finally to have hit the scene in a permanent way. Having grown up watching expert systems and fuzzy logic and other schemes come and go, the stars and planets – not to mention theories, algorithms, and computing power – appear to have aligned to give us something useful.

For a while, ML and “big data” were terms that were … Read More → "Automatic Car Driver Detection"

Battery Roundup

Batteries have historically been perceived as something of a staid technology – at least in a lot of minds. I remember back when we were diving into 3-V standards at JEDEC many years ago, and we invited battery folks to help advise us. I came away with the distinct sense that battery chemistry was pretty much what it was and would always be. Yeah, I saw you stifling that yawn…Read More → "Battery Roundup"

Calling Alexa

Want a little more Alexa in your life? The Amazon Alexa Voice Service takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. A new development kit from Microsemi could be just what you need to get Alexa into your next M2M design. Shahin Sadeghi (Microsemi) joins us to discuss the details of the newly launched AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service. … Read More → "Calling Alexa"

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featured blogs
Aug 17, 2017
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chalk talks
GUI Made Easy: Modernize Your Embedded Application in MinutesIs your embedded application struggling with a 1990s user interface? It doesn’t have to be. Developing a clean, attractive, modern user interfaces can be easy if you have the right tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brendon Slade of NXP about how to modernize your embedded application GUI – in … Read More → "GUI Made Easy: Modernize Your Embedded Application in Minutes"
Communication and Networks in the Modern VehicleThe modern automobile is practically a data center on the highway, and one of the most critical aspects of a data center is communications and networking. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Vik Patel of Infineon about the trends in automotive communication and networking, and the latest solutions from Infineon. Click … Read More → "Communication and Networks in the Modern Vehicle"
Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver SolutionsSome signals just weren’t meant to go through your PCB. They need to jump on the freeway and get where they’re going with no funny business. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about bringing the power of flyovers to your board-based system. Click here to download the Flyover … Read More → "Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver Solutions"
Hardware Acceleration in C: Breaking Performance BarriersSometimes you need your C code to run really, really fast. But for most teams, hiring hardware experts to design accelerators just isn’t feasible. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Ma of Xilinx about hardware acceleration for your C applications – with no hardware design team required. Click here for … Read More → "Hardware Acceleration in C: Breaking Performance Barriers"
ON Semiconductor Wearables Development KitJump start your wearable device design with a slick wrist-worn development kit. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to AJ ElJallad of ON Semiconductor about a new development kit that will fast-track your next wearable development project.  Click here for more information or to buy an ON Semiconductor WDK1.0GEVK Wearable Reference Design and Development … Read More → "ON Semiconductor Wearables Development Kit"
Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP TechnologyEver want your own pocket-sized spectroscope? Of course you have! Unfortunately, spectroscopes have always been high-budget devices that only the best-funded organizations could buy. Well, that’s all changed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Trevor Dowd of Texas Instruments about an exciting new pocket-sized spectroscope, based on TI DLP technology, that … Read More → "Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP Technology"