I recently got hold off one of these hand held programmers which allows you to have up to four images (hex files) ready to go without having a pc or power point!. My product uses a PIC12F675 and up until now I have been programming my devices either at production and/or for custom settings, using [...]
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One of the recent features added to Microchip’s foray of micro controllers is the peripheral pin select (PPS) functionality. A very powerful addition allowing you to map physical pins to most of the on chip peripherals ‘willy nilly’. This feature is available across the PIC18 and PIC24 range and makes board layout a breeze. (Note, [...]
Supercapacitors provide unique new opportunities in the new green tech world.
Next time you are watching Wimbledon, NFL or the Cricket and they put on one of those fantastically clear slow motion replays spare a thought for the humble ADC (Analogue to Digital convertor). These devices play an intrinsic part of modern day living. You will find these in mobile phones, HDTV, telephones, radios, in fact [...]
As each day goes by, yet another mobile and (increasingly) wireless device hits the market. Anything from mobile phones to remote data collection devices (e.g. Zigbee endpoints) This is all well and good, but powering these suckers and keeping them powered for anything up to 15 years or so is causing real head scratching in [...]
This article is sure to ruffle a few feathers I’m sure. But basically it argues for ingenuity over the focus on pure academic qualification. I am living proof of that as well as many of you out there, that you do not necessarily need a degree in this industry, to be a successful engineer!. So [...]
When things don’t go as planned it can cost you money, loss of face or even loss of lives. But the thing is, when failure is staring you in the face, what can you do about it? and what can you learn from it. During my time in the embedded industry I have thankfully, enjoyed [...]