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...


Supply Chain Games: What Have We Learned From the Great Semiconductor Shortage of 2021? (Part 2)

Jason Sachs

Welcome back! Today we’re going to zoom around again in some odd directions, and give a roundabout introduction to the semiconductor industry, touching on some of the following questions: How do semiconductors get designed and...


Patterns of Thinking: Metaphors in Programming

Miro Samek

Several years ago, I once attended an “Object-Oriented Analysis and Design” training. As most such courses go, the instructor began with brushing up on the fundamental OO concepts. When explaining inheritance, the instructor spontaneously...


Reading and Understanding Profitability Metrics from Financial Statements

Jason Sachs

Whoa! That has got to be the most serious-minded title I’ve ever written. Profitability Metrics from Financial Statements, indeed. I’m still writing Part 2 of my Supply Chain Games article, and I was about to mention something about...


A Second Look at Slew Rate Limiters

Jason Sachs

I recently had to pick a slew rate for a current waveform, and I got this feeling of déjà vu… hadn’t I gone through this effort already? So I looked, and lo and behold, way back in 2014 I wrote an article titled Slew Rate...