Category Archives: Microcontroller

Hands-on Review: $12.95 Freescale Freedom Platform for Freescale Kinetis L microcontroller based on ARM Cortex-M0+ processor

I received a new low-cost microcontroller development board only a few days after writing up the Ti Stellaris LaunchPad Eval board last month. (See “Hands On Review: Texas Instruments’ Stellaris ARM Cortex-M4F LaunchPad Eval Board—$4.99!!! (sort of)”) The new board, … Continue reading

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Hands On Review: Texas Instruments’ Stellaris ARM Cortex-M4F LaunchPad Eval Board—$4.99!!! (sort of)

This is truly a bargain-of-the-year kind of story. A few months ago, I ordered two of the new TI Stellaris LaunchPad Eval Boards, which incorporate a TI Stellaris LM4F120H5QR microcontroller. I ordered one for me and one for my new … Continue reading

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Replace an old IDE HDD with an SSD emulator to cut noise and power? The Korg D8 experiment, Part II—Compact Flash

Earlier, I reported on my attempt to swap in a solid-state disk emulator for a small IDE hard drive in an old Korg D8 multitrack audio workstation. (See “Replace an old IDE HDD with an SSD emulator to cut noise … Continue reading

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Want a peek over the shoulders during a real low-power microcontroller debate? Must-read info for all designers of low-power, microcontroller-based systems!

Recently, I published a blog post on my EDA360 Insider blog about the ARM Cortex-M0 processor core and its expected influence on mixed-signal, low-power IC design. (See “What effect does the ARM Cortex-M0 core have on mixed-signal microcontroller design?”) As … Continue reading

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What is analog’s role in low-power design? Interview with TI’s VP of Analog Technology Development, Dr. Venu Menon

Last month, Dr. Venu Menon, VP of Analog Technology Development at Texas Instruments, gave a keynote speech at the ISQED conference in Silicon Valley titled “Applications Drive Analog Technology Development and Innovation.” During his keynote, Dr. Menon noted that analog … Continue reading

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2011: A great year for low-power design, wasn’t it?

2011 was a great year for low-power design. I don’t think I can remember a year as good to low-power designers. I thought I’d devote this blog to a review of some major developments in 2011 that made low-power designers’ … Continue reading

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