Peripheral Interaction Without a Linux Device Driver Using Spidev

Mohammed Billoo

Overview When integrating a new peripheral onto an embedded Linux platform, we might think we always need to implement a kernel module to serve as a device driver. However, as we all know, absolutes such as “always” and “never” are...


In Memoriam: Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. and The Mythical Man-Month

Jason Sachs

It is with some sadness that I have read that Fred Brooks has passed away. Brooks (1931 - 2022) worked at IBM and managed a large team developing the IBM System/360 computers in the early 1960s. Brooks was thirty years old at the start of...


C to C++: 3 Reasons to Migrate

Jacob Beningo

I’ve recently written several blogs that have set the stage with a simple premise: The C programming language no longer provides embedded software developers the tools they need to develop embedded software throughout the full software stack....


Soft Skills For Embedded Systems Software Developers

Steve Branam

Contents: Introduction The Skills Interpersonal Tips For Interpersonal Skills Communications Tips For Speaking Tips For Writing Tips For Diagramming Time Management Tips For Time Management Deep Focus Tips For Deep...


Getting Started With Embedded Linux - From Nothing To A Login Prompt

Mohammed Billoo

One of the famous observations that have been made related to embedded systems is referred to as “Moore’s Law”, which states that the number of transistors in integrated circuits doubles every year. This observation has held mostly true...


Skills For Embedded Systems Software Developers

Steve Branam

Contents: Introduction Do I Need To Be An Expert In Everything? How Much Time Do I need? Do I need A College Degree? Why Is The List So Big? Do I Really Need All These Things? The Skills Software Hardware Software Development...


Five ‘80s Movies that Inspired Me to Become an Engineer

Jacob Beningo

Five ‘80s Movies that Inspired Me to Become an EngineerMovies and pop culture can incredibly impact society, particularly children. However, we never really know what conversation, demonstration, or movie could inspire someone to become an...


3 Overlooked Embedded Software Elements

Jacob Beningo

Have you ever wondered, while you and your team are busy writing software if the foundation of how embedded software systems are built has changed and left you in the dust? What if while you were busily focusing on getting your product out the...


Learning A New Microcontroller

Steve Branam

Contents: Introduction Background For The Beginner The Peripherals System Complexity Support Software Do It Like Phil The Programs GPIO And Timers UART And Timers I2C/SPI PWM ADC Go Crazy And Combine Them All WET And DRY...


Development of the MOS Technology 6502: A Historical Perspective

Jason Sachs

One ubiquitous microprocessor of the late 1970s and 1980s was the MOS Technology MCS 6502. I included a section on the development of the 6502 in Part 2 of Supply Chain Games, and have posted it as an excerpt here, as I believe it is deserving...