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5 Tips for Remotely Updating an Embedded System
Jacob Beningo, Freelance Consultant
7/6/2015  0
The Internet, for many years now, has provided a unique medium from which embedded systems developers can update their embedded firmware. Prior to the Internet, a technician had to ...

Tom Emrich

Google Making a Big Play for Medical-Grade Wearable Tech
Tom Emrich, Contributing Editor
7/6/2015  0
With persistent access to our bodies and sensors that can gather vital signs, wearables are the perfect technology to keep tabs on our health and wellness.

Don Wilcher

Parallax Propeller Packs Eight 32-Bit Cores In a 40-Pin MCU
Don Wilcher, Contributing Writer
7/6/2015  0
Parallax Inc., the Rocklin, Calif. electronics manufacturing company, is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In ...

Kevin Panik, Guest Writer

Made by Monkeys
Sometimes All You Need Is a Little More Solder
Kevin Panik, Guest Writer
7/6/2015  1
I installed a solar array on my standing seam metal roof almost three years ago. It uses a "gateway" communications device to check and report on the health of the micro-inverters, ...

Al Bredenberg, Contributing Writer

Is Multimaterial Additive Manufacturing Foreshadowing Another Paradigm Shift?
Al Bredenberg, Contributing Writer
7/3/2015  0
Additive manufacturing (AM) machines have moved far beyond thermoplastics and photopolymers as the only media, with many now able to handle metals, ceramics, and other materials. ...

Jacob Beningo

Guest Blogs
A History of Firmware and Its Silent Revolution Today
Jacob Beningo, Freelance Consultant
7/3/2015  2
Moore's law is well known in the electronics industry. It states that the number of transistors roughly doubles every two years. Since 1965 Moore's law has proven to be true, with ...

Most recent post: nenodaponte... And this explain why we have so buggy firmware...
Tracey Schelmetic

Simulation Software Helps Design Engineers Deal with Multiphysics
Tracey Schelmetic, Contributing Writer, Design News
7/3/2015  1
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a ...

Don Wilcher

How to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers With Python
Don Wilcher, Contributing Writer
7/3/2015  1
Are you not quite sure what embedded development platform to use? Are you interested in learning Linux without the hassle of installing a distro on a target computing machine? If ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Plastics, Not Better Silicon, Could Be Key to More Efficient Solar Cells
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
7/3/2015  1
Researchers in Australia think new types of plastic materials instead of silicon may be the key to building more efficient solar cells.


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