@EmbedXControls: there is not a clean cut answer (or there'd only be 1 manufacturer out there !) it's a mix of features, speed, power consumption... and oh yeah : pricing ! It is finding the best match for your needs ; and if you're tired of learning everything all over again, stick with a family you know & like ! ;-)
@ Design News & Digikey folks (as well as Vlad & all of us)
Last course, there was interest in maybe setting up an other "permanent" forum to continue exchanging ideas, hints, help after the course is over ; there are many Design News / EETimes "forums" in LinkedIn, for example (but it seems primariy for news & announcements). Ever thought of doing one as an extention to this forum ?
Anybody interested in joining if DN-CEC sets one up ("officially") ?
The basic decision is based on the part or other subsystem you are interfacing to that has either an I2C or SPI interface. Then it's a matter of the interface speed supported and the number of interface signals required. I2C has a fixed number of signals while SPI requires a chip select line for each interface in addition to the clock and data lines.
?? Fred - does the downloaded source give us enough to port the library to a diff compiler or are we locked into using ccs(?) in order to use this library? Is ccs a free compiler? I'm familar with the cXX onces for MPLAB X.
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@ Fred Hi Fred. I am looking forward to this week's classes. I bought a PIC course a few years ago which was OK but no guidance on usind serial anything. I designed a few eval boards but then ran out of time. I recently bought a cheap but very useful kit from Mexico. It is called a Bolt 18F2550. It is fun to play with. It has a keyboard, LCD, temp sensor and I got the optional Bluetooth adapter. Their website has many tutorials and code examples...
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A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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