“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” – Rita Mae Brown
You’ve got a problem. You designed a nice microcontroller-based system a few years ago and it’s selling well, with thousands of units out in the field. That’s not the problem. The problem is, now your boss wants you to add security features … Read More → "Microchip TrustAnchor Holds the Keys"
“I can install toilets. I’m learning how to do basic wiring.” – Sandra Bullock
Why do we “install” software on our PCs, phones, and sometimes even embedded systems? Why don’t new programs just run right out of the box without going through the whole installation process?
The procedure for installing (and … Read More → "Why Do We Install Software?"
“Location, location, location.” – Real estate mantra
Ultrawideband (UWB) is the proverbial twenty-year overnight success. The concept has been around for a long time, but it’s only now starting to hit the big time.
UWB takes a shotgun approach to wireless communications. Rather than beam a relatively strong signal within a narrow … Read More → "Find Your Keys in Nothing Flat"
“’Easy to use’ is easy to say.” – Jeff Garber
My tech-savvy kids are preparing to move to another country, so I just inherited a lot of “smart home” gadgets that won’t work in their new place. Now I’ve got a box full of smart connected electrical outlets, Wi-Fi wall switches, wireless security cameras, and other gizmos. … Read More → "Best and Worst Smart Home Interfaces"
It’s creepy! It’s crawly! It’s a design contest too! In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Phil Hutchinson (element14) brings us the goods on this year’s spookily spectacular element14 Halloween design competition. Phil and I chat about some of last year’s creepy creations, why this year’s contest is slightly different than the year before, and how you can enter this unique Halloween design … Read More → "Terrible Things to Scare the Children: #adifferenthalloween with element14"
“Whoever is new to power is always harsh.” — Aeschylus
Ambiq has a new microcontroller. Of all the MCUs you could pick for your next IoT design… this is one of them.
If that sounds like damning with faint praise, I don’t mean it that way. It’s actually a very nice … Read More → "Ambiq Apollo4 Undercuts IoT Power"