Industrial Embedded Computing Technology for Smart Robots

Modules for Cooperative Robotics The Service Robotics Research Center of Ulm University of Applied Sciences is developing a modular software framework to make it easier to program robots. The goal is to provide software components that can be used universally, … Continue reading

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Offloading Intelligence

A Robotics Example While some embedded systems do just fine with a single microcontroller, there are circumstances when offloading some processing into a second processing unit, such as a second MCU, offers a lot of advantages. In this article, Jeff … Continue reading

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MCUs Suit Up for IoT Security Duties

Connected Confidence In this IoT era of connected devices, microcontrollers have begun taking on new roles and gaining new capabilities revolving around embedded security. MCU vendors are embedding ever-more sophisticated security features into their MCU devices and other supporting security … Continue reading

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Using Small PCs in New Ways

Innovative Interfacing Even simple MCU-based projects often require some sort of front panel interface. Traditionally such systems had to rely on LEDs and switches for such simple interfaces. These days however, you can buy small, inexpensive computing devices such as … Continue reading

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The Fundamentals of Fuseology

Purposeful Protection Just because an electronic device is simple, you shouldn’t relegate it to an afterthought in your embedded system design. Such is the case with fuses. Robert explores the fundamentals of this seemingly simple device. In this article, he … Continue reading

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IC Solutions Rev Up for Next Gen Auto Designs

MCUs, Analog ICs and More Automotive electronics are evolving to facilitate the shift from driver assisted vehicle controls to full autonomous driving—but that’s only part of all that’s happening. To meet a variety of design challenges, MCU and analog IC … Continue reading

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Build an RGB LED Controller

Using Parallel FET Dimming There are a lot of fun and interesting things you can do with LEDs and the different ways to control them. In this article, Dirceu describes an alternative approach to control RGB LEDs, using the parallel … Continue reading

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Embedded Solutions Enable Smarter Railway Systems

Computing, Connectivity and Control Railway systems keep getting more advanced. On both the control side and passenger entertainment side, embedded computers play critical roles. Railway systems need sophisticated networking, data collection and real-time control—all while meeting safety standards. By Jeff … Continue reading

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EOG-Controlled Video Game

Eyes as Interface There’s much be to learned about how electronics can interact with biological signals—not only to record, but also to see how they can be used as inputs for control applications. With ongoing research in fields such as … Continue reading

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Bluetooth Mesh (Part 3)

Secure Provisioning In this next part of his article series on Bluetooth mesh, Bob looks at how to create secure provisioning for a Bluetooth Mesh network without requiring user intervention. He also takes a special look at an attack called … Continue reading

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Integration Trend Leads PCB Design Tool Evolution

Comprehensive Solutions After decades of evolving their PCB design tool suites, the leading tool vendors have the basics of PCB design nailed down. In recent years, these companies have continued to enhance their tools suites while also addressing a myriad … Continue reading

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GPS Guides Robotic Car

Arduino UNO in Action In this project article, Raul builds a robotic car that navigates to a series of GPS waypoints. Using the Arduino UNO for a controller, the design is aimed at robotics beginners that want to step things … Continue reading

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Fancy Filtering with the Teensy 3.6

Arm-ed for DSP Signal filtering entails some tricky tradeoffs. A fast MCU that provides hardware-based floating-point capability eases some of those trade-offs. Here, Brian has used the Arm-based Teensy MCU modules to serve those needs. Here, Brian taps the Teensy … Continue reading

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Digital Signage Technologies Gain Momentum

System Solutions Digital signage ranks among the most dynamic areas of today’s embedded computing space. Vendors involved in this technology continue to roll out new solutions for developing powerful digital signage implementations. By Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief Digital signage is one … Continue reading

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Capacitive vs. Inductive Sensing

Touch Trade-Offs Touch sensing has become an indispensable technology across a wide range of embedded systems. In this article, Nishant discusses capacitive sensing and inductive sensing, each in the context of their use in embedded applications. He then explores the … Continue reading

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