Meet a Mentor, Be a Mentor in 5 Minutes

Remember when you were just starting out, maybe in your early 20s, and a more experienced engineer took you under their wing, helped you navigate those first few years of your career, and always had from-the-field words of wisdom to share? I bet now, looking back, you can really appreciate all that they did for…

DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine

Many of the world's top engineers in high-speed chip and board interconnects will gather next month at DesignCon. Here's my take on the annual event's top sessions. I think DesignCon is all about pushing the envelope. Three sessions standout for me as clearly focused on pedal-to-the-metal engineering. These days 56 Gbit/second links are at the…

The Spec Dilemma

All measured data comes from testing under certain conditions. If you vary the conditions, the specs can either be much better or much worse. Why can that be a problem? It's not practical for manufacturers to provide performance data for every conceivable set of test conditions. Thus manufacturers often provide typical performance characteristics along with…

7 Controllers for Internet of Things

MUNICH — The Internet of Things took a dominant role at the 2014 Electronica Show in Munich, Germany. Developing ultra-low-power nodes for sensors that can be connected wirelessly to the wider Internet is opening up many different design options, and both silicon and embedded software suppliers are developing a variety of architectural approaches. New silicon…

Avnet Demonstrates Freescale Kinetis MCU’s Next-Generation Software Development Tools in New SpeedWay Design Workshop Series

PHOENIX — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), will host a series of SpeedWay Design Workshops™, featuring Freescale® Semiconductor’s K2 next-generation Kinetis® ARM® Cortex®-M microcontrollers and enablement tools. Avnet’s one-day Freescale K2 SpeedWay Design Workshop will provide microcontroller hardware and software engineers with complimentary training and hands-on product experience…

Freescale Brings the Internet of Things to a Safer Vehicle

Two recent announcements by Freescale ensure the reality of an IoT car and a safer vehicle through tire-pressure sensing. Freescale's comprehensive hardware/software development system provides automotive grade Ethernet connectivity for infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics, and rear-seat entertainment. The system provides for real-time data transport throughout vehicles, doing away with expensive digital technologies. The SABRE…