Scorchers, Part 1: Tools and Burn Rate

Jason Sachs

This is a short article about one aspect of purchasing, for engineers. I had an engineering manager once — I’ll leave his real name out of it, but let’s call him Barney — who had a catchy response to the question...

Embedded Firmware Refactoring, Optimisation and Migration


Legacy products are often based on older hardware platforms which often become under-powered or run out of memory which constrains further product development. Customers are always looking for new features and improved performance but...

Basic Sensors for an Autonomous Vehicle

Ed Nutter
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The following are a few basic sensors that can be used to help an autonomous vehicle navigate its environment.The faster the vehicle is traveling, the faster the sensor must be processed.  Moving vehicles could knock something over or...

3 Good News

Stephane Boucher

Good News #1 Last week, I announced a new and ambitious reward program that will be funded by the new Vendors Directory. This week, I am happy to announce that we have our firsts two sponsors!  Quantum Leaps & Abelon Systems have...

Cutting Through the Confusion with ARM Cortex-M Interrupt Priorities

Miro Samek
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The insanely popular ARM Cortex-M processor offers very versatile interrupt priority management, but unfortunately, the multiple priority numbering conventions used in managing the interrupt priorities are often counter-intuitive, inconsistent,...

The New Forum is LIVE!

Stephane Boucher

After months of hard word, I am very excited to introduce to you the new forum interface.  Here are the key features:1- Easily add images to a post by drag & dropping the images in the editor2- Easily attach files to a...

Cortex-M Exception Handling (Part 2)

Ivan Cibrario Bertolotti
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The first part of this article described the conditions for an exception request to be accepted by a Cortex-M processor, mainly concerning the relationship of its priority with respect to the current execution priority. This...

Analyzing the Linker Map file with a little help from the ELF and the DWARF

Govind Mukundan

When you're writing firmware, there always comes a time when you need to check the resources consumed by your efforts - perhaps because you're running out of RAM or Flash or you want to optimize something. The map file generated by your linker is...

Coding Step 4 - Design

Stephen Friederichs

Articles in this series: Coding Step 0 - Development Environments Coding Step 1 - Hello World and Makefiles Coding Step 2 - Source Control Coding Step 3 - High-Level Requirements Coding Step 4 - Design The last article in...

Ten Little Algorithms, Part 5: Quadratic Extremum Interpolation and Chandrupatla's Method

Jason Sachs

Today we will be drifting back into the topic of numerical methods, and look at an algorithm that takes in a series of discretely-sampled data points, and estimates the maximum value of the waveform they were sampled from.