At Microcontroller Central, we're dedicated to helping you, the innovator, change the world, bit by bit.
Microcontrollers are everywhere, from light switches and ballast controls to automobiles robotics and industrial control systems - and available in hundreds of 8-, 16-, and 32-bit variants with I/O and peripheral support options that boggle the mind.
It's this accelerating stream of low-cost, low-power, high-performance devices, coupled with easy-to-use development tools that has created the opportunity for anyone with imagination to realize a fun, interesting, and useful application founded upon MCUs. There is truly a chance for anyone to have an impact and do something to change the world.
If you'd like to participate in this revolution, Microcontroller Central is the place for you. We'll track the news and trends you need to keep up with the latest in MCU technology, design, and applications, while providing the information, education, analysis, and community interaction to help you bring your own ideas to life - and show them off.
We'll initially focus on areas such as Security, Connectivity (wireless or wired), Low-Power Design, User Interface Design, Operating Systems, and Development Tools, just to get you started and up-to-date in these critical areas. But where we go from there is up to you! Your participation and feedback in our community will help guide its ongoing evolution.
Along with providing technology information, we'll point you to teardowns, help you share your own teardowns, keep you in touch with the open-source hardware and software movement, and highlight your own designs and solutions in our Design of the Week spots on the site and in our weekly newsletter.
So, all aboard at Microcontroller Central: We look forward working with you to build a community that is committed to shared success in changing the world bit-by-bit while having fun in the world of MCUs.
Editor in Chief
Rich Quinnell has been covering electronics technology for more than 15 years, reporting on topics such as semiconductors, embedded systems, communications, and test for EDN, TMW, and many other publications. Prior to becoming a technical journalist he had spent more than a decade as an embedded systems designer and engineering project manager for companies such as Matrix Imaging, Cooper LaserSonics, and the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). He has degrees in electrical engineering and applied physics, with additional graduate work in communications, computer design, and quantum electronics.
Patrick started his engineering career in the medical diagnostics quality control field with Technicon (Ireland) Ltd., before joining Electronic Products in 1990. Since then he immersed himself in communications systems design with Electronic Design and covered communications technology and design with EETimes, before become an editor with EETimes in 2005. After TechOnline merged with EETimes, he took the role of Editorial Director, Design and Products, for EETimes Group, responsible for both the e-learning as well as the group's Designline franchise. After a brief hiatus as Director of Content for Hearst's Electronics Group, he returned to UBM as Director of Content for EDN, EETimes' Designlines, and Test & Measurement World. He has a National Certificate in Electronic Engineering from the Sligo Institute of Technology and a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Dundalk Institute of Technology.