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The Open Source Chronicles: Maverick-603

This week my Fish Fry podcast is two parts open source, one part FT8, and one part ham radio! My guest is Colby Gilbert from RadioStack and we dig into the details of Maverick-603 – the first affordable, FT8 receiver with an open source RF chip designed and fabricated using open source chip tools! Also this week, I investigate a new crash avoidance sensor inspired by insects.

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Mysteries of the Ancients: Binary Coded Decimal (BCD)

I love learning how logic designers of the past solved tricky problems with innovative solutions. The more I delve into this sort of thing, the more I say to myself, “Wow! I would never have thought of that!” A great example is binary coded decimal (BCD) because there’s a lot more to this topic than one might, at first, suppose.

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Developing the World’s First Commercially Available RF Device with an Open-Source Chip

Good Grief! I can’t believe it’s 2023. I’m not ready. I haven’t got a speech prepared and I don’t have a thing to wear. I hope you had a wonderful holiday break with family and friends. For myself, I was originally hoping to take a 4-day weekend around Christmas Day followed by a repeat performance around New Year’s Eve.

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Arduino 0s and 1s, LOW and HIGH, False and True, and Other Stuff

It’s common to hear engineers and computer boffins say that digital computers are based on 0s and 1s, but what does this actually mean? On the one hand, this is relatively simple; I mean, 0 and 1, how hard can it be? On the other hand, there are so many layers to this metaphorical onion that, much like a corporeal onion, it can make your eyes water. … Read More → "Arduino 0s and 1s, LOW and HIGH, False and True, and Other Stuff"
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chalk talks
Matter & NXP — Mouser Electronics and NXP  Interoperability in our growing Internet of things ecosystem has been a challenge for years. But the new Matter standard is looking to change all of that. It could not only make homes smarter but our design lives easier as well. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Sujata Neidig from NXP examine … Read More → "Matter & NXP — Mouser Electronics and NXP"
Meet the Latest Wireless Member of the DARWIN Family  Your next MCU needs to be more than just smart. It needs to be power-efficient, have ample memory, and industrial-grade security. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Zach Metzinger of Maxim Integrated about the latest member of the DARWIN family with a new RISC-V co-processor. Click here for more information … Read More → "Meet the Latest Wireless Member of the DARWIN Family"
TI Robotics System Learning Kit – Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics  Robotics projects can get complicated quickly, and finding a set of components, controllers, networking, and software that plays nicely together is a real headache. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Easley of Texas Instruments aVBOUT THE TI-RSLK Robotics Kit, which will get you up and running on your next … Read More → "TI Robotics System Learning Kit – Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics"
Bluetooth Overview — Silicon Labs and Mouser Electronics   Bluetooth has come a long way in recent years, and adding the latest Bluetooth features to your next design is easier than ever. It’s time to ditch the cables and go wireless. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Beecham of Silicon labs about the latest Bluetooth capabilities including … Read More → "Bluetooth Overview — Silicon Labs and Mouser Electronics"
SensorTile. Box – A Ready to Go IoT Node — STMicroelectronics and Mouser Electronics  In the highly competitive IoT market, getting your idea to the prototype stage as quickly as possible is critical. But, designing non-differentiated things like connectivity, power supplies, sensor interfaces, and so forth soaks up valuable design time. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Thiago Reis from STMicroelectronics about SensorTile Box … Read More → "SensorTile. Box – A Ready to Go IoT Node — STMicroelectronics and Mouser Electronics"
Create Multi-Band Sensor Networks with the LaunchPad SensorTag Kit — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics   Doing IoT development today can involve a number of different communications standards. There is no “one size fits all” for wireless protocols. Every application has its own needs and constraints. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Adrian Fernandez of Texas Instruments about the new LaunchPad SensorTag development kit – … Read More → "Create Multi-Band Sensor Networks with the LaunchPad SensorTag Kit — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics"