Crystal Logic

We live in a world where you use radio every day. Cell phones, HDTVs, and wireless internet connections are all sophisticated radio receivers. Even a “regular” FM radio now has multichannel stereo, digital information, and signal processing. However, very few people learned about radios by jumping right into things quite that sophisticated. In fact, many people who would go on …

Electronic Legos

Last week I started talking about how programmable logic devices have become accessible enough that they are finding their way into all sorts of embedded systems. There are actually quite a few types of programmable devices. You can think of these chips like a child’s construction kit: There are a lot of pieces. You can build an airplane, or a …