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TI Takes Aim at Simple Applications with New 25-Cent MCUs

Publish Date: December 4, 2017
Texas Instruments Inc. is setting its sights on analog designers with the introduction of two new microcontrollers (MCUs) and an e-book to help them put an inexpensive mixed-signal twist on simple applications. The new microcontrollers start for as little as 25 cents and can be used in simple electronic applications, such as wake-up controllers and real-time clocks, which may not have employed microcontrollers previously.

Module Combines Multiple Sensors in a Tiny Package

Publish Date: December 1, 2017
A new module from TE Connectivity promises to simplify the development of smart electronic products by incorporating multiple sensors in a package that’s smaller than the head of a match.

System Gives Used EV Batteries a Second Life in the Solar PV Storage Market

Publish Date: December 1, 2017
With the large-scale penetration of renewable energy, both at the utility and residential levels, comes a number of challenges, including integrating this capacity, with its unique, intermittent characteristics, onto the grid.

Pain Points and Compromises: How Ajay Bhatt Engineered USB Into a Standard

Publish Date: November 30, 2017
The co-inventor of USB is building a smart house. Since his retirement, Ajay Bhatt, who spent over two decades at Intel specializing in platform architectures and developing technologies such as accelerated graphics port (AGP) and PCI-Express, has spent the last year experimenting with the Internet of Things (IoT), specifically by building a own smart home.

AI Inspection Catches Defects Before They Become Recalls

Publish Date: November 30, 2017
Instrumental, a company that produces optical detection systems for manufacturing, has added Monitor, a capability designed to automatically recognize and triage abnormal units as they are being built on an assembly line. Monitor was developed to detect differences and then learn whether those differences are actually defects.

7 Reasons Open Source Software Should Be Avoided

Publish Date: November 29, 2017
Throughout my travels I encounter quite a few development teams that seem to live by the adage, “The best software is free software.” The moment they hear the words “Open Source” the heavens open, the choirs begin singing, and all thought about doing due diligence on the open source code is gone. That’s the direction, no matter the integration costs, no matter how badly support is lacking, that’s it! Put the blinders on, kick back, put the safety belt on and enjoy the ride.

New Ethernet MCU Could Simplify Creation of Sensor Networks

Publish Date: November 29, 2017
A new family of microcontrollers (MCU) from Texas Instruments Inc. promises to simplify the process of creating wired and wireless sensor networks for factory automation, building control, and other IoT applications.

Don’t Miss These 6 ESC Silicon Valley Events

Publish Date: November 29, 2017
After great events in Boston and Minneapolis, the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) makes its final 2017 stop in Silicon Valley next week, coming home to the heart of embedded engineering and innovation in San Jose.

The Holiday Gift Guide for Engineers

Publish Date: November 28, 2017
Are you hoping for an Amazon Echo this holiday season? Why hope when you can design Amazon’s Alexa technology into your devices.

Starting a Services Company: 5 More Tips for Ongoing Success

Publish Date: November 28, 2017
Starting your own business can be incredibly gratifying, but is also full of challenges.  Based on my experiences over the last 10 years, I’d like to share these additional five lessons learned on what works and what doesn’t work to help manage and grow a successful services business. (For the first 5 tips, see is  part 1 of this article.)