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Blogs about Microprocessors

Blogs about Microprocessors

  • A Nano-amp Probe Capable of Validating Low Power MCU Consumption Claims.

    mixedsigmark

    In the mid 1980s, it was unusual to find semiconductors operating at supply currents below milliamp levels. Rarely was efficiency a major design consideration either. Back then, several tools suited the task of measuring current draw. However, with the advances made in the last three decades, combined with a global drive to increasing system efficiencies powered by the drive to portable electronics, many more products are now capable of operating at miserly micro and nano-amp current levels – that's at levels as much as a million times lower than were typical 30 years ago.

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    • Could Intel’s New Haswell CPUs Herald a Breakthrough for Embedded Computing?

      Mark BVM

      It has always been a compromise between raw computing performance, power consumption and thereby heat generation, when designing an embedded system. Intel claims its new 4th generation Haswell CPU range means this compromise is reduced, giving designers the best of both worlds. When BVM got wind of the new Haswell chips in development, we were eager to see what the implications and possibilities might be for commercial applications and embedded systems. Having now had a chance to assess the new Haswell processors, here are our thoughts.

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      • [ŠikulaRobotik] Compiling for BeagleBoneBlack

        sikula

        This is the third article of a series about BeagleBoneBlack by Šikula Robotik association. In last post, we set up network connections. In this article we will discuss how to compile for BeagleBoneBlack by three different ways: compilation on board, cross-compilation and distributed compilation.

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        • [ŠikulaRobotik] Connecting BeagleBoneBlack

          sikula

          This is the second article of a series about BeagleBoneBlack by Šikula Robotik association. In last post, we have seen how to setup a Linux distribution on BBB and what happens during boot process. We will now connect the BBB to the network, firstlyby using a traditionnal Ethernet port, and with an Ethernet over USB link afterwards. Wireless connections are out of scope in this article.

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          • How will your company measure up in the British Engineering Excellence Awards?

            grahampitcher

            The British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) aim to demonstrate and promote the quality of engineering design within the UK; to emphasise innovation and effectiveness in order to allow smaller companies to compete on an equal footing with larger ones; to act as an incentive to the design engineering industry to create world-class businesses; to provide a benchmark of excellence from which the industry can learn and from which it can build; and to demonstrate the power of engineering design innovation within the UK to the world.

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