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When the Bugs Find You

“All I was doing was trying to get home from work.” – Rosa Parks

Bugs are an inevitability, but they’re especially embarrassing when your customer finds them before you do. All things being equal, it would be better if your devices notified you of a bug instead of your customers calling to complain that their shiny and expensive … Read More → "When the Bugs Find You"

Creating Innovation in a Vacuum

“No matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzai

A new venture-backed startup is developing disruptive technology that promises to upend long-cherished beliefs about electronics, semiconductors, manufacturing processes, and power consumption. It eliminates or minimizes many of the expensive and time-consuming steps used in today’s billion-dollar semiconductor fabs, while also shifting power consumption numbers by several … Read More → "Creating Innovation in a Vacuum"

Systems and Bodies on Chip

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we take on systems on chips, body on chips, and much more!  First up, we check out how Havard’s Wyss University is hoping to change the future of modern drug development and approval. We take a closer look at how this team has pieced together ten “Organ Chips” to create a fully functioning body-on-chip platform and how this new BoC system … Read More → "Systems and Bodies on Chip"

Worried About Your SSD Data? Virtium Has You Covered!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the impermanence of data recently. A lot of my own documents and images that used to travel through time with me in the physical realm* – photographs, letters, journals – seem to have become lost in the mists of the past (*as opposed to using my time machine, which is currently hors de combat — you simply cannot lay your hands on spare … Read More → "Worried About Your SSD Data? Virtium Has You Covered!"

Setting Sensible Standards for IoT

“The majority of meetings should be discussions that lead to decisions.” – Patrick Lencioni

Setting standards must be lonely work. You meet, you discuss, you weigh options, and you write up prescriptions. And then you wait, hoping the industry will follow your lead and take your advice. If they do, great. And if not? Well, there’s always another … Read More → "Setting Sensible Standards for IoT"

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featured blogs
Apr 7, 2020
Have you seen the video that describes how the coronavirus has hit hardest where 5G was first deployed?...
Apr 7, 2020
In March 2020, the web team focused heavily on some larger features that we are working on for release in the spring. You’ll be reading about these in a few upcoming posts. Here are a few smaller updates we were able to roll out in March 2020. New Online Features for Ma...
Apr 6, 2020
My latest video blog is now available. This time I am looking at the use of dynamic memory in real-time embedded applications. You can see the video here or here: Future video blogs will continue to look at topics of interest to embedded software developers. Suggestions for t...
Apr 3, 2020
[From the last episode: We saw some of the mistakes that can cause programs to fail and to breach security and/or privacy.] We'€™ve seen how having more than one program or user resident as a '€œtenant'€ in a server in the cloud can create some challenges '€“ at leas...
chalk talks
Evaluation and Development Kits — Samtec With signal integrity becoming increasingly challenging in today’s designs, interconnect is taking on a key role. In order to see how a particular interconnect solution will perform in our design, we really need hands-on evaluation of the technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about evaluation … Read More → "Evaluation and Development Kits — Samtec"
0 to 112 (Gbps PAM4) in 5 Seconds   With serial connections hitting 112Gbps, we can’t mess around with our interconnect. We need engineered solutions that will keep those eyes open and deliver the signal integrity we need in our high-speed designs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Matt Burns of Samtec about the interconnect options for speeds … Read More → "0 to 112 (Gbps PAM4) in 5 Seconds"
Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Portfolio — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics   With form factors continuing to shrink, most engineers are working hard to reduce the number of discrete components in their designs. Power supplies, in particular, are problematic – often requiring a number of large components. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward of Maxim Integrated about how power … Read More → "Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Portfolio — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics"
Maxim’s First Secure Micro with ChipDNA PUF Technology — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics   Most applications today demand security, and that starts with your microcontroller. In order to get a truly secure MCU, you need a root of trust such as a physically unclonable function (PUF). In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kris Ardis of Maxim Integrated about how the Maxim MAX32520 MCU … Read More → "Maxim’s First Secure Micro with ChipDNA PUF Technology — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics"
MCU32 Graphics Overview — Microchip and Mouser Electronics   Graphical interfaces add a whole new dimension to embedded designs. But, designing a full-blown graphics interface is a major challenge for most embedded systems designers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Kurt Parker from Microchip Technology explain how you can add a modern graphics user interface to your next embedded … Read More → "MCU32 Graphics Overview — Microchip and Mouser Electronics"
Passive Component Solutions for Automotive Safety Electronics — AVX and Mouser Electronics   In today’s demanding automotive safety applications, choosing high-quality passives with the right performance properties can make the difference between success and catastrophic failure. With issues like power quality, EMI suppression, circuit protection, and antennas, getting the right passives is critical. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Daniel West of … Read More → "Passive Component Solutions for Automotive Safety Electronics — AVX and Mouser Electronics"