Editor-in-Chief

Embedded Computing Design

Brandon is responsible for guiding content strategy, editorial direction, and community engagement across the Embedded Computing Design ecosystem. A 10-year veteran of the electronics media industry, he enjoys covering topics ranging from development kits to cybersecurity and tech business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: THine THSER101 Raspberry Pi Camera Module Cable Extension Kit - Video

July 23, 2021

So we have a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. And we have version 2 of the Raspberry Pi Camera Module. They interface via a MIPI CSI-2 connector and this ribbon cable, which is about six inches long. But what if I wanted to position the camera a significant distance away from the Pi, say, to function as a webcam? Or across the room?

IoT
Open Source

DEV KIT WEEKLY: Digi International ConnectCore 8M Mini Development Kit - Video

July 09, 2021

Historically, the embedded electronics deployed in industrial applications have been relatively simple, both to keep costs down but more importantly to ensure safe, reliable system operation by keep complexity to a minimum.

Boy, have things changed.

Analog & Power

Teknic Adds Arduino-Compatible Anti-Vibration Motion Profile to Integrated Servos - News

June 21, 2021

Teknic has added g-Stop Anti-Vibration Motion Profile to various SKUs in its ClearPath MC and SC integrated servo motor product lines. The Profile enables quick motion without mechanical resonance, helping improve throughput over jerk limiting, notch filters, or s-curves.

Industrial

Let's Build a Robot with ROS 2 and VxWorks Containers, Part 3 - Video

June 03, 2021

In this episode of Embedded Toolbox, Part 3 of our "Let's Build a Robot Series," we begin integrating the Robot Operating System (ROS) into our VxWorks-based design. So, why use an operating system alongside an operating system?

Software & OS

Let’s Build a Robot with Wind River Studio and VS Code, Part 2 - Video

May 20, 2021

Today’s robotic systems are no longer the static ones of the past. They must be dynamic, with the ability to run different workloads, applications, and potentially even perform different tasks than they did when initially deployed. And they have to be able to acquire this new functionality without needing a field technician physically present to update them.

Automotive

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Canoo to Open Electric Vehicle Research Center - News

May 18, 2021

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Canoo have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the construction of a research and development center focused on electric propulsion technologies. The center, which will be located at UW-Madison, will also investigate solutions for on-grid and off-grid operation with the goal of lowering total cost of EV ownership.

Automotive

Lanner Electronics’ FirstNet LTE Modules Add Redundancy to First Responder Networks - News

May 18, 2021

To address the high-speed broadband requirements of the U.S. government’s FirstNet public safety communications platform, Lanner Electronics has upgraded its V3S and V6S rugged in-vehicle computers with extension slots for FirstNet-ready Pigeon (PGN) modules. These modules, which are integrated onto a caddy, can be plugged into the aforementioned systems to add 4G or 4.5G LTE wireless connectivity today and 5G communications in the future.

Processing

Sondrel Reference IP Enables HPC SoCs While Reducing Cost and Design Time by 30 Percent - News

May 18, 2021

Sondrel has added the SFA 300 reference design to its semi-custom SoC IP portfolio. Consisting of four-CPU clusters featuring 4 TOPS per channel of AI processing and 400 GOPS per channel of DSP performance, clusters can be daisy chained via the PCIe interface to create HPC solutions. The IP reuse solution enables the creation of differentiated AI, 8K video, blockchain, data analytics, and other high-performance data processing solutions by integrating customer-specific IP such that design time and cost can be reduced by up to 30 percent.

Processing

SmartDV Automation Tool Suite Accelerates Protocol Debug, Testbench Creation - News

May 17, 2021

SmartDV has packaged the SmartViP Debug, a tool designed for automated protocol debugging, and SmartTestBench, which automatically generates testbench files and includes a variety of verification scenarios, into a unified automation tool suite. By identifying protocol violations and presenting them in graphical views or through tabular or text-based representations, the combined offering helps eliminate manual verification processes.

Analog & Power

Littelfuse Photovoltaic Fuses Integrate Directly into Solar Roof Shingles - News

May 17, 2021

Littelfuse has announced that the 400PV series of photovoltaic fuses is now available. The 400PV Fuse series is a family of low-resistance, 2410-sized SMD circuit protectors that guard against reverse overcurrent and integrate directly with roof shingles so that they can be mounted directly to existing roofs. This eliminates the need for separate solar panels.

Debug & Test

Spectrum’s Julia SDK for Brings C-Like Code Performance to Scientific and Numerical Computing - News

May 15, 2021

Spectrum Instrumentation has created a software development kit for the Julia scientific and numerical computing programming language, which allows more than 200 of the company’s digital I/O products, digitizers, and generators to be programmed in the language. The new SDK is free of charge to all Spectrum customers.

Processing

Sigasi Studio Offers Free Coding & Syntax Tools for Digital Designers - News

May 15, 2021

Sigasi has launched Sigasi Studio, a tool suite that supports open-source hardware projects through syntax and coding assistance features such as refactoring, intelligent autocomplete, and automatic documentation for VHDL, Verilog, and/or SystemVerilog programmers. The tool suite can be used in isolation or in conjunction with other FPGA and ASIC tools.

Software & OS

Dante Embedded Platform SDK for SHARC Audio DSPs Benefits AV-over-IP Developers - News

May 14, 2021

Analog Devices and Audinate have introduced the Dante Embedded Platform (DEP) SDK for ADI's SHARC audio DSPs, which layers audio-over-IP network software on multicore SHARC ADSP-SC5xx applications processors. The single-chip solution has been validated by Audinate, allowing engineers to develop with confidence using the DEP for SHARC solution.

Open Source

DEV KIT WEEKLY: NimbleLink Skywire Development Kit 2 from GetWireless - Video

May 14, 2021

So, as you might have guessed, this is the second version of the Skywire Development Kit 2, which also goes by the acronym SWDK2. It features dual Taoglas antennas that connect via surface-mount antenna connectors, which enables the MIMO architecture required for mobile cellular networking. But what’s really cool about the SWDK2 is a flexible interface that enables it to pair with Arduino, NXP FRDM, ST Nucleo, and a host of other development platforms as long as they can support an Arduino shield.

Software & OS

Let's Build a Robot with Wind River VxWorks, Part 1 - Video

May 12, 2021

In this episode of Embedded Toolbox, the first of five in our “Let’s Build a Robot” series, Rob Woolley, Principal Technologist in the Technology Office at Wind River, lays out the drivers behind next-generation autonomous robot platforms built on frameworks like the Robot Operating System and capabilities like enterprise-class AI. He then proceeds to demonstrate how these software solutions can be supported on safety-critical edge robots using the VxWorks real-time operating system and docker containers.

Processing

When the Chips Are Down: Feedback from the Semiconductor Shortage - Podcast

April 23, 2021

In this episode of the Embedded Insiders, Brandon and Rich discuss Silicon Laboratories recent divestiture of its infrastructure and automotive business units to SkyWorks Solutions. The sale includes the company’s power, isolation, broadcast, timing, and other products and IP. Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle said several years ago that the company is “all-in” on IoT, and this move appears to be him keeping his word. But was it the best move?

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