The era of the MCU is upon us, and its importance in product design is continually increasing. As a result, new MCU devices are continually appearing in large numbers. In the last two weeks alone, three MCU product families have either appeared or been augmented with new members.
With 32-bit MCUs becoming ever cheaper, upgrading from 8-bit designs is becoming well worth the effort. But this increased capability has the potential to become a drawback if it is not applied carefully. It is too easy to add "intelligence" to systems in a way that simply frustrates and confounds users.
The medical device industry has lagged other industries in the adoption of safety standards for software design. The situation has improved with the introduction of IEC 62304, and medical device software reliability has improved. But there may be a cost to innovation.
In my previous blog, Create a Rich MCU User Interface, I talked about how some LCDs are turning out to be a great option for user interaction, and emphasized various elements that make up a complete UI solution. Because with such user interfaces comes the need for working out some appealing graphics, I felt I should now talk about some simple and ...
Adam Carlson's recent blog about building a portable tool kit had one notable absence. There was no oscilloscope. Admittedly, portable scopes are a bit more expensive than the tools in that kit, but they can be handy.
Until now, I have probably bored the socks off most of you discussing my hassles with Bluetooth and the use of the PSoC5. You have seen the evolution of the product that I am working on, probably without realizing where I was going, since I have been rather circumspect about what I have been trying to achieve. Now it's time for the rest of the story.
In an effort to find more time to work on my home MCU projects, I decided to use my lunch hour at work. To do so I needed a portable set of tools. Here is the list of tools that I carry around in a small backpack for my microcontroller projects, which can serve as a guide to creating your own toolkit for working with MCUs in the field.
Here is a (slightly late) summary of the MCU-related new product announcements that crossed my desk for May, 2013. In addition, there are a few news items about changes in the industry vendor map. Hope you find these helpful.
The ARM processor architecture has emerged with the lion's share of mobile device design wins despite the dominance of Intel in PCs. Now, ARM has set its sights on dominating the next generation of computing. A quick look at the history of the architecture wars tells us how and suggests what's next.
In discussions elsewhere on the site, it became clear that some members of the MCC community only know the JTAG interface in conjunction with software debugging for MCUs. But to fully understand that debug interface's capabilities and limitations, as well as its oddities and incompatibilities, you have to know JTAG's main purpose. It was designed for ...