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Content posted in March 2012
Sensors & Software Yield Accurate Magnetic-Compass Bearings
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3/29/2012  5 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's Xtrinsic eCompass software helps simplify magnetometer use for equipment designers.
March Madness in the World of MCUs
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3/28/2012  10 comments
Here are introductions to five products that are of interest to engineers and product designers who use MCUs.
Should We Pay More Attention to Software Ethics?
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3/13/2012  32 comments
Companies will always gather information about us, but it's the software that determines what someone does with that information. Programmers should keep that in mind when creating code.
Specifying & Creating Data-Acquisition Systems, Part 2
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3/6/2012  10 comments
Specify and create a data-acquisition system by analyzing measurements and figuring out what you are going to do with the information.




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