Tinkering with Time

Protocols and Programming Many embedded systems need to make use of synchronized time information. In this article, Jeff explores the history of time measurement and how it has led to NTP and other modern technologies for coordinating universal date and … Continue reading

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MCUs Serve Up Solutions for Car Infotainment

Dashboard Dazzle As automotive dashboard displays get more sophisticated, information and entertainment are merging into so-called infotainment systems. The new systems are driving a need for powerful MCU solutions that support the connectivity, computing and interfacing requirements particular to these … Continue reading

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Building a Generator Control System

Three-Phase Power Three-phase electrical power is a critical technology for heavy machinery. Learn how these two US Coast Guard Academy students built a physical generator set model capable of producing three-phase electricity. The article steps through the power sensors, master … Continue reading

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Easing into the IoT Cloud (Part 2)

Modules in Action In Part 1 of this article series, Brian examined some of the technologies and services available today, enabling you to ease into the IoT cloud. Now, in Part 2, he discusses the hardware features of the Particle … Continue reading

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Control and Comms Solutions Enhance Drone Designs

Synched in the Sky There’s no slowing down the pace of commercial drone innovation. Helping system developers keep pace, technology vendors provide a wide range of communications and control products to improve the capabilities of both drone designs and the … Continue reading

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Connecting USB to Simple MCUs

Helpful Hosting Sometimes you want to connect a USB device such as a flash drive to a simple microcontroller. The problem is most MCUs cannot function as a USB host. In this article, Stuart steps through the technology and device … Continue reading

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Internet of Things Security (Part 6)

Identifying Threats In this final part of his Internet of Things Security article series, this time Bob returns to his efforts to craft a checklist to help us create more secure IoT devices. This time he looks at developing a checklist … Continue reading

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Chip-Level Solutions Feed AI Needs

Embedded Supercomputing Gone are the days when supercomputing meant big, rack-based systems in an air conditioned room. Today, embedded processors, FPGAs and GPUs are able to do AI and machine learning operations, enabling new types of local decision making in … Continue reading

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IoT Door Security System Uses Wi-Fi

Control Via App or Web Discover how these Cornell students built an Internet-connected door security system with wireless monitoring and control through web and mobile applications. The article discusses the interfacing of a Microchip PIC32 MCU with the Internet, and … Continue reading

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Wireless Charging

Electric Field of Dreams The concept of wireless charging can be traced all the way back to Nikola Tesla. Here, Jeff examines the background and principles involved in charging devices today without wires, and takes a hands-on dive into the … Continue reading

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What’s the Role of 3D Printing in Embedded Systems?

Experts Weigh In 3D printing has gone from being a technology on the outskirts of embedded system design, to one that’s becoming a common tool for many design teams. On one hand people are crafting 3D printed enclosures of electronic … Continue reading

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MCU-Based Project Enhances Dance Game

Using Wavelet Transform Microcontrollers are perfect for systems that need to process analog signals such as audio and do real-time digital control in conjunction with those signals. Along just those lines, learn how these two Cornell students recreated the classic … Continue reading

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Fog-Detection Audio Project

Using Arduino UNO Fog reduces visibility, sometimes down to a few feet. That’s why fog horns are so important. In this article, Jeff embarks on a project that makes use of humidity sensors to detect fog, and automatically plays an … Continue reading

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Security Takes Center Stage for MCUs

Enabling Secure IoT Embedded systems face security challenges unlike those in the IT realm. To meet those needs, microcontroller vendors continue to add ever-more sophisticated security features to their devices—both on their own and via partnerships with security specialists. By … Continue reading

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Build a Persistence-of-Vision Display

Using LEDs and PIC32 Learn how these two Cornell University students created a persistence-of-vision (POV) display. They found a way to fit an LED strip onto the mechanically rigid base of a box window fan. The POV display creates the … Continue reading

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