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Electrical engineers from the University of California, Irvine have created a brand-new wireless transceiver that can hike up radio frequencies to 100 gigahertz, four times the speed of the soon to be launched 5G wireless communication standard. Categorized as an “end-to-end transmitter-receiver,” by the team in UCI’s Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits Labs, the small 4.4-millimeter-square silicon chip can produce signals noticeably faster, and it’s more energy-e ...
Our Raspberry Pi friends will know the Building a Low Power Compact LCD Display project that shabaz published a while ago. He designed a £5 LCD module and the source code for Raspberry Pi. I've ported it to the TI-RTOS I2C driver. The display code should work on MSP432, CC1X and CC2X families. I tested it on a CC1310 Sub-1 GHz LaunchPad. Take care to read shabaz' blog first. It's a good read and this blog builds upon the information.   SimpleLink Drivers for TI-RTOS  The S ...
In Storage Insights #5, we provided a guide to the Embedded Mulitmedia Card (eMMC), with technical details, operation information, and various commands. In Storage Insights #6 we will dive deeper into SATA (Serial ATA), discussing layering and compatibility.   SATA Serial ATA was introduced in 2003. It evolved from Parallel ATA (PATA), and shortly after its introduction replaced PATA in PCs and other systems. SATA SSD has several advantages over PATA hard drives developed in the 1980s. ...
I bought my first hardware debugger. The TI XDS110 Debug Probe. Up till now, I always used the on-board debug modules of development boards to program and debug devices. That's great for prototyping and evaluation. In industry settings, you use different tools to do development on custom boards and to program + test designs on a production line.     Most development and evaluation boards have a debugger on board. It's often a dedicated IC that uses USB to handle power, serial comm ...
There are a few AR apps available for smartphones and tablets provide users with a detailed visualization of PCBs that includes deeper, highly detailed information on circuit design and an image of electronics placement. A couple that come to mind: Ted Yapo’s AR Workbench and KAIST’s VirtualComponent. More recently, a company known as DebuggAR is taking another approach to AR overlays by enabling users to debug PCBs through an app on a smartphone or tablet, allowing them to analyze t ...
Physicists at the University of Basel have developed a new method that shows them the geometry of an electron. This shows an electron trapped in a quantum dot. (Image credit: University of Basel)   We’ve all seen depictions of atoms in textbooks and usually they’re made up of colorful spheres representing the cluster of protons and neutrons making up its nucleus. It’s not how an atom actually looks, but it’s a solid representation. But thanks to a new method from a ...
Everyone is so focused on various emerging wireless technologies, and LiFi appears on the back burner of everyone's mind. Essential for offices, but I can see it being used in public spaces too.   On June 19th, Signify, the largest company in lighting, released the newest range of LiFi application systems, which has the most reliable and fastest LiFi systems available in the world. The newest range, titled Trulifi uses LED Philips lights to transmit highly reliable, secure two-way wireles ...
The engineers have found a way to pass information from a series of tiny magnets arrayed on a thin film, to other magnets on a second film located below the first. (Image credit: University of Glasgow)   Spintronics is described as the intrinsic spin of an electron in its magnetic moment, which can be exploited, or manipulated and used for highly efficient data storage and transfer. Electron spin has two magnetic orientations- either up or down, providing two additional binary states to th ...
Learn the basics of quantum computing along with Microsoft’s Q# language in this interactive course. The course is brief, taking roughly 16 to 24 hours to complete. (Image credit: Brilliant)   Figuring out the basics of quantum computing can be intimidating. Since it uses and exploits the laws of quantum mechanics to process information, it’s not the easier thing to grasp. Luckily, Microsoft wants to help out. Microsoft and Alphabet’s X recently teamed up with Brilliant f ...
With all the various sensors out there to choose from, it is nice to be able to get one that is configured in such a way that you can evaluate its performance. MikroE Click Boards offer just that opportunity and on several development boards that Avnet distributes, MicroBUS host sockets are included. These sockets allow MikroE Click Boards to be attached and driven using the development boards processor. To review the variety of click boards that are available, please see MikoE Click Boad Catalo ...
A chip developed at the University of Michigan called MORPHEUS could be used sometime soon to essentially eliminate vulnerable attacks. MORPHEUS could easily replace the current computer chip processors, making their security patches and bug fixes obsolete.  Researchers demonstrated the new chip at the 24th ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS) in Providence, Rhode Island on April 16th.   The computer chip, MO ...
In Storage Insights #4, we highlighted the primary components of SSD drives, with an emphasis on the Flash Controller. In Storage Insights #5 we will dive deeper into the primary components of Embedded Multimedia Cards (eMMC).   eMMC General Description Designed for a wide range of applications in consumer electronics, mobile phones, handheld computers, navigational systems and other industrial uses, routers, eMMC is an embedded non-volatile memory system, comprised of both flash memory and ...
    The eXecute in Place, or XiP, is a capability that allows a processor to execute code directly from external flash memory. Many embedded applications require connectivity stacks, audio processing, and vision, and the amount of executable code for these functions has grown to substantial sizes.  When considering these application requirements together for one embedded system, the capability of XiP with external flash is an essential enabler as it allows nearly limitless data sp ...
  Why is the package type usually one of the last considerations when selecting an MCU or processor? An inefficient package can present issues to project schedule, system performance, board size and most importantly cost.   Luckily, the i.MX RT crossover processors cater to the PCB layout engineer. In package development, we perform several pinout iterations, conduct package fan out exercises for 2-layer PCBs on our LQFP packages and 4-layer PCBs on our BGA packages and finish by act ...
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i.MX RT Saves the Day

Posted by kjachim Mar 15, 2019
  During the development of a new product, have you ever been asked at the last minute to include more features?  Add a smartphone-like GUI, make it adapt with machine learning, connect it to the cloud, and the list goes on and on.  The challenge for us engineers is that there is always a caveat – add these new features, while reducing the cost and shrinking the size.   This common engineering challenge can bump up your processing needs from a simple, low cost microcon ...

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