HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
notarboca
User Rank
Gold
Thanks
notarboca   6/16/2012 3:40:20 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks to Richard for his article on the upcoming DigiKey class.  I would encourage everyone with a microcontroller interest to attend Jon Titus' CEC class next week--he has a lot to offer.

Nancy Golden
User Rank
Platinum
love development kits
Nancy Golden   6/16/2012 6:11:40 PM
NO RATINGS
I couldn't agree more - development kits are a great way to gain familiarity with a specific product or product family. I have utilized microchip kits in the past and using their online tools and their MPLab IDE for some design work and it really gave me a great jumpstart since I was not familiar with their specific microcontrollers at that time. This promises to be a great series!

gsmith120
User Rank
Platinum
Re: love development kits
gsmith120   6/18/2012 5:16:40 AM
NO RATINGS
I agree with you Nancy, develop kits are a great way to become familiar with specific technology.  I have a couple and really enjoy them.  Several designers I know would use them as their somewhat prototype before selecting the final microprocessor or FPGA.

Nancy Golden
User Rank
Platinum
Re: love development kits
Nancy Golden   6/18/2012 4:19:25 PM
NO RATINGS
You make an excellent point, gsmith120 - they are a great way to narrow down your design choices and make a final selection! Much better than blindly picking one according to spec sheets without having any real world experience. Thanks for pointing that out!

gsmith120
User Rank
Platinum
Development Kits
gsmith120   6/18/2012 5:25:58 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks Richard for this blog I would love to attend the live online class but due to a schedule conflict I will have to get it as an archive.  It comes at a good time because I'm in the process of selecting a development kit for one of my new designs. 

Kind of off subject but maybe someone will blog about Field-programmable analog arrays (FPAAs).  I read about them many years ago when I worked for a major corporation but couldn't get much interest from my co-workers.  Maybe because most were digital designers however I like and do design both analog and digital circuits so I was/am very interested in this technology.  Now that I'm working for myself and developing new products I've decided to incorporate one in my new design idea and maybe as a part of the research I will do to get my PhD.

tekochip
User Rank
Platinum
They're Cheap!
tekochip   6/18/2012 9:25:39 PM
NO RATINGS
I use them all the time, they're cheap and most times have enough breadboard area to get a circuit into to.  Sometimes I don't even reuse them, just wire them up for a prototype and leave them in the cabinet if the design ever needs to be revisited.

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: They're Cheap!
mrdon   6/23/2012 5:01:49 PM
NO RATINGS
I teach a Microprocessor class at ITT Tech and have explained to my class the benefit behind these Development kits for rapid prototyping new product concepts and features. I continued to use them in my engineerng design projects to prove technical feasibility and to demonstrate the lastest in microcontroller and semiconductor technologies to Product Managers.

Jon Titus
User Rank
Blogger
Dev-Kit Seminars Archived for You
Jon Titus   6/21/2012 4:39:08 PM
NO RATINGS
The development-kit seminars in the Digi-Key Continuing Education program remain archived for anyone to view any time. You can download the PowerPoint slides and listen to the audio.  Many interesting questions and answers for each session, too.

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Dev-Kit Seminars Archived for You
mrdon   6/23/2012 4:56:35 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi Jon,

That's great that the classes are archived. It really helps when your busy with other activities. Also, I enjoy reading your articles and blogs; they're very motivational. Keep up the good work!

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Dev-Kit Seminars Archived for You
mrdon   6/23/2012 4:57:57 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi Jon,

By the way, can you provide the link for the archived seminars and powerpoints. Thanks!

Jon Titus
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Dev-Kit Seminars Archived for You
Jon Titus   6/23/2012 11:39:45 PM
NO RATINGS
Here's the link to the "Firts Semester" courses: http://www.designnews.com/lecture-calendar.asp?p_l_ed=CEC_Semester_One_2012.

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Dev-Kit Seminars Archived for You
mrdon   6/24/2012 2:50:52 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi Jon, thanks for the link. This continued education series helps busy engineers maintain existing skills and learn new ones. Tech students, inventors, and entrepreneurs will benefit from these classes as well.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Take a look at the top 20 US undergraduate engineering programs. Then tell us -- did your school make the cut?
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diegoís Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a personís sweat.
A Silicon Valley company has made the biggest splash yet in the high-performance end of the electric car market, announcing an EV that zips from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and costs $529,000.
The biggest robot swarm to date is made of 1,000 Kilobots, which can follow simple rules to autonomously assemble into predetermined shapes. Hardware and software are open-source.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/13/2014 10:00 a.m. California / 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 8 - 12, Get Ready for the New Internet: IPv6
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service