@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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Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
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