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It doesn't have to be silicon all the time. I have a Gallium-nitride device here at the Cumps lab that I'm going to try out. In some high voltage, high power designs, GaN FETs have advantages over Si. On the other hand they are also more difficult to drive.   The chip that I have contains a built-in smart GaN FET driver. That takes away the complexities of driving the power stage correctly. We're covering fairly new technology here. The documents are still marked technology preview. I rece ...
I'm playing around with RTOS these days. I've set up a small project on a Texas Instruments Hercules LaunchPad to try out tasks and messaging.   Don't expect anything complex. This is a minimal setup that allows me to exchange info between RTOS tasks. The simplicity of the example makes it easy to see what's happening.     The Project    We'll have an RTOS message queue, and 3 RTOS tasks that communicate via that queue. 2 tasks will write info to the queue, eac ...
It doesn't have to be silicon all the time. I have a Gallium-nitride device here at the Cumps lab that I'm going to try out. In some high voltage, high power designs, GaN FETs have advantages over Si. On the other hand they are also more difficult to drive.   The chip that I have contains a built-in smart GaN FET driver. That takes away the complexities of driving the power stage correctly. We're covering fairly new technology here. The documents are still marked technology preview. I rece ...