The Dual PCB Configurable Logic Design Contest will be this year’s entry in Convergence Promotion’s 2015 Big I.D.E.A. (International Design Engineering Award). The contest will feature Dual PCB Configurable Logic, Load Switches, Protection and Filtering, Small Signal MOSFETs, and Small Signal Diodes. With merchandise awards worth a total of $12,000 for the most creative designs using the NXP products together in one application solution, and prizes at every stage in the contest, there will be dozens of winners.
To date, the world has deployed about 5 billion "smart" connected things. Predictions say there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. How things are fundamentally deployed today is a barrier to realizing those numbers. The industry will only achieve the reality of 50 billion connected devices by simplifying how things connect and communicate today.
Experience shows us that there are certain attributes of the software development cycle that we must not only live with, but strive to improve. We may not like it, but we must embrace these realities. Some immutable facts of software development life are: code footprints inevitably grow as time goes on, software will always have defects, and the further a project progresses, the more costly it is to find defects and bugs.
Almost all software products contain errors. If you think your product is an exception it probably means you are just not aware of the bugs yet. Modern embedded systems contain hundreds-even thousands of KB of code. As code size increases, so does system complexity and errors. Today there are affordable IDEs like Atollic TrueSTUDIO that can help you reduce the number of errors in your code early on-before you get to the debugging stage.
New low-cost system-design components can be used to overcome the limitations of traditional motion sensors, allowing system developers to create human-machine interfaces that accommodate a wide range of non-contact dynamic control gestures. This fourth article in our series on Renesas products for HMI applications highlights an advanced design solution that detects eight directions of palm motion.
MCUs are used as the main control element in just about every application imaginable. Their power and flexibility make them the go-to component at the heart of most designs. Since it is important to make sure that your design cannot be easily copied, reverse engineered or tampered with, modern MCUs now provide a few different options for protecting your design.