Continuing Education Center
Content posted in June 2012
Part 5: How to Choose a Development Kit
Continuing Education Center 6/22/2012
As a designer, you must consider more than finding good dev-kit hardware and an MCU to work with. In this session you will learn what to look for in a kit, what to watch out for, where to get support, debugging and programming tools, the need for testing, helpful books and references, design challenges, and so on.
Part 4: Microchip Wireless Modules & MiWi Protocol
Continuing Education Center 6/21/2012
This kit, DM182015-1, lets engineers and programmers test wireless communications between two transceivers that use the Microchip MiWi protocol. Participants will learn how a wireless connection operates and see sample code for such a connection. An API simplifies wireless-communication software. Also covered: the use of a packet "sniffer" to observe wireless traffic.
Part 3: Atmel AVR XMEGA Family
Continuing Education Center 6/20/2012
Atmel provides the small XMEGA-A3BU Xplained board and software to introduce engineers to this MCU architecture and to the company's software tools. Those tools include easy ways to work with sample code and find documents. Participants will learn about the tutor's experience using the board and how well the software works.
Part 2: Energy Micro Tiny Gecko Family
Continuing Education Center 6/19/2012
The EFM32 Tiny Gecko Starter Kit (EFM32TG-STK3300) gives engineers and programmers a board that lets them measure power consumption and correlate power use with code. Participants will see how that capability helps fine-tune programs for battery-powered and energy-harvesting applications.
Part 1: Silicon Laboratories Precision32 Architecture
Continuing Education Center 6/18/2012
This session focuses on the expandable SiM3U1xx Precision32 Development Kit that provides an ARM Cortex-M3 MCU and headers for five I/O ports. Silicon Labs offers its own integrated development environment and AppBuilder software for a quick start with peripheral control. Learn about the ups and downs of working with the hardware and software.
Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Donít forget that.
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
A study by the Swiss government determined the type of human errors that lead to engineering disasters and ranked those errors by percentage.
General Motorsí growing commitment to electric cars took a new turn last week, as the giant automaker said it would use EV batteries in the future to help boost its use of renewable energy.
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