State of Automation

April 07, 2014 The truth is, I have mixed feelings about automated tools for code generation State machines are a great abstraction for many embedded hardware and software tasks. I’ve written about software state machines many times (for example, in 2011 and in 2012). In particular, that last link talked about a tool called SMC (and the discussion mentions similar …

Machinery’s Handbook: 100 Years of Know-How

The Machinery’s Handbook is, for many mechanical engineers, considered the highest authority on the details of our trade. I don’t know that I’m worthy to review a book of this magnitude, but perhaps I can write a humble introduction for the electrical engineering community. Engineering school may touch on this tome, but perhaps it’s yet another thing that you learn …

What Is the Future of Mobile?

Date: September 24 2013Time: 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ETDuration 60 Minutes Speakers:Barry Tauber, ANSI/NCITS PL22.4 (Officer, IR, Cobol) ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 22/WG 23Evaldo Oliveira, Business Development Director, FairCom Corporation [click to register] This live webinar will show: The current state of Cobol Useful, little known uniquely Cobol techniques that you can use to your advantage How Cobol lives …

Lack of Shopping

September 20, 2013 In the “good old days” (that weren’t really that good), a project started with laying out a whole system with EPROM, a clock generator, and I/O devices. I used to love going into bookstores. Now that I can read all I want on my computer or tablet, it isn’t as much fun (unless it is full of …

Atmel & the Art of Touch

Give a baby a non-touchscreen device and they’ll jab at it with their little fingers in frustration before surmising that it’s broken and not worth playing with. This is because — in today’s society — touchscreens have become so ubiquitous that many people can no longer remember what life was like before this technology appeared on the scene. I remember …