Embedded Development

The Amazing $1 Microcontroller – Jay Carlson

https://jaycarlson.net/microcontrollers/ In 2017, we saw several new MCUs hit the market, as well as general trends continuing in the industry: the migration to open-source, cross-platform development environments and toolchains; new code-generator tools that integrate seamlessly (or not so seamlessly…) into IDEs; and, most notably, the continued invasion of ARM Cortex-M0+ parts into the 8-bit space.

To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of “Patchable” Hardware – IEEE Spectrum

https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/security/to-secure-the-internet-of-things-we-must-build-it-out-of-patchable-hardware  For several years now, the number of things connected to the Internet—including phones, smart watches, fitness trackers, home thermostats, and various sensors—has exceeded the human population.   For the most part, this development promises great excitement and opportunity for engineers and society at large. But there is a dark cloud hanging over the IoT: the

Ten Years of the LilyPad Arduino

https://blog.hackster.io/ten-years-of-the-lilypad-arduino-2f5a949f76d2  The LilyPad Arduino was designed for e-textiles and wearables projects. It along with an accompanying collection of power supplies, sensors, and actuators share unique design with large conductive sew tabs around the edges. These allow the boards to be sewn onto fabrics, and soft surfaces, using conductive thread to build working circuits. Essentially it’s a specially

A chat with the creators of Arduino | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/09/a-chat-with-the-creators-of-arduino/?ncid=rss&utm_source=tcfbpage&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&utm_content=FaceBook&sr_share=facebook  They’ve essentially created a world in which anyone can make amazing hardware - Technotopia talked to Massimo Banzi and Fabio Violante, the co-creators of Arduino. 

Android users rejoice! Linux kernel LTS releases are now good for 6 years | Ars Technica

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/09/android-users-rejoice-linux-kernel-lts-releases-are-now-good-for-6-years/ The free and open source Linux kernel powers most of the devices around us. It’s not only present in computers and servers, in Android devices, the Internet of things, and almost anything else you can call “smart.” A major change in the maintenance lifecycle of Linux kernels is coming for good. During a Linaro

DIY optical power meter with SFP module and Arduino idea

Fifer optics power meter is an important tool for debugging fiber optics networks. I have earlier tested a cheap commercial fiber optic power meter a at Fiber optics power meter posting. Hardware hackers ares famous for building their own test equipment. The basic operation of optical power meter is quite simple: take a suitable detector,

Arduino serial plotter

I just found out a new useful Arduino IDE feature: Serial Plotter. It allows you to natively graph serial data from your Arduino to your computer in real time (no need for extra software for that).The Arduino Serial Plotter function has been added to the Arduino IDE since version 1.6.7. Here is introduction video on

SYZYGY – Next generation FPGA connectivity

http://syzygyfpga.io/# Open standard for high-performance peripheral connectivity SYZYGY is FPGA-agnostic and is intended to work with products from all major FPGA manufactures including Xilinx, Intel, Lattice, and Microsemi. PMOD and SYZYGY can happily coexist in the FPGA space and even on the same carrier implementations! FMC and SYZYGY can happily coexist in the FPGA space

Solderless breadboards

Solderless breadboards are one of the most fundamental pieces when learning how to build circuits and prototyping simple circuits. A breadboard is a construction base for prototyping of electronics. Breadboard are the ideal way to check out small bits of circuitry that you’re not sure about. Originally it was literally a bread board, a polished