Technical Articles

Critical Link, LLC has published these technical articles:

(Machine Vision Equipment)
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At Critical Link, we have a lot of interest in vision technology. Our MityCAM and MityCCD cameras are a key part of our business. And I just, in general, like seeing new applications of vision... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I'm always on the lookout for stories about the different ways image processing is put to work, but an article I saw a couple of months back in Vision Systems Design was one of the most interesting.... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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This is the second in a series of blog posts based on a series of articles by Rob Oshana and Mark Kraeling on "Optimizing Embedded Software for Power Efficiency" that ran in Embedded.com in May. Their... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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This is my fourth and final post in a series of blog posts based on a series of articles by Rob Oshana and Mark Kraeling on "Optimizing Embedded Software for Power Efficiency" that ran in Embedded.com... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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One of the most enjoyable things about technology is seeing the new and often unexpected ways in which it's put to use. An item I recently came across on embedded.com certainly fit the bill for new... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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As more and more things are added to the Internet of Things (IoT), more and more gets written about it. With the embedded technology that Critical Link provides, we've been part of the IoT even before... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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The Edge in Amsterdam is the world's greenest building. BREEAM - the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology, a British rating system - awarded The Edge a sustainability... (View Full Article)
(Uncategorized)
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'Tis the season when many of us find ourselves shopping which, for most of us, means taking advantage of store discount cards and membership clubs.... (View Full Article)
(Light Sources)
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It seems as if, every time you turn around, there's something extraordinary happening in the technological and scientific world. In this instance, it was my colleague Matt Cook who turned around and... (View Full Article)
(Engineering Services)
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One of the main benefits our customers derive from embedding a Critical Link System on Module (SoM) in their application is speeding up time to market. We've been told by some of you that the... (View Full Article)
(Embedded Systems)
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Like so many things in life, cars are getting smarter. And all those smarts are requiring more and more computing power. Even not-so-smart cars run on embedded systems and complex electronics. As... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Although I'm not going to run out and buy one - I'm happy (appy?) enough with my LG G2 (I pitched my iPhone 5 two weeks ago) - like everyone else who loves technology, I was certainly curious about... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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Our new SoM, the MitySOM-5CSX features the Altera Cyclone V SX-U672, which combines FPGA logic and a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor subsystem.... (View Full Article)
(Communication Devices)
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Like pretty much everyone else who likes tech gadgetry, I had my eyes on Apple's recent "media event" showcasing the Apple Watch. CNET's Scott Stein had a long and detailed review of it, which you can... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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From Critical Link's point of view, one of the most exciting things about the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it's pretty much synonymous with embedded technology. And from Critical Link's point of... (View Full Article)
(Communications Software)
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Rick Merritt had an interesting article over on EE Times a few weeks ago, and it's a good springboard for any debate on whether FPGAs with cores for communications systems are replacing ASICs in the... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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As we did earlier in the year, we had an opportunity to post an article on the ARM Connected Community site, an information-sharing forum for those interested in ARM. Our post, the Effect of HDI and... (View Full Article)
(Hardware)
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With the publication of Michael Lewis' new book, Flash Boys, there's been a lot in the news lately about high frequency (or high speed) trading. (For those who aren't familiar with Lewis, he is also... (View Full Article)
(Semiconductors)
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There's been so much change in the semiconductor world these days, it's hard to keep up with it all. Last week, it was the Avago-Broadcom deal. This week, with the agreement that Intel will acquire... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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In late February, the Mobile World Congress was held in Barcelona. No, I wasn't there, but since I'm both personally and professionally interested in the Internet of Things, I did enjoy reading about... (View Full Article)
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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Like just about everything, calculators are getting smaller, less clunky, and a whole lot smarter.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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The other day, I happened across an article in Vision Systems Design on how CMOS imagers are trying to increase the dynamic range they support so that they can capture images under both day and night... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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As most "tech watchers" are no doubt aware, early January always means the Consumer Electronics Show, held each year in Las Vegas. Critical Link doesn't tend to get involved on the consumer-side, but... (View Full Article)
(Internet and Web Software)
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Last week, I wrote about the first five of Rich Quinnell's "10 Top Challenges Industrial IoT Must Overcome in 2015," which appeared in EE Times in late December. Here's a summary of the remaining... (View Full Article)
(Internet and Web Software)
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I've always been a sucker for end of old year/beginning of new year roundups and forecasts. We even did a little look back at 2014 on our own blog a few weeks back.... (View Full Article)
(Data Acquisition)
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As we work on our product roadmap, I've been doing some market research, and came across some especially interesting material from IDC - International Data Corporation, which provides market research... (View Full Article)
(Robotics)
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A couple of months ago, in posting about neural networks, I wrote a bit about my experience with robotics when I was in grad school at UMass back in the day. Robotics have gotten a lot more... (View Full Article)
(Embedded Systems)
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Last week, I spent three days in San Jose at Design West (the renamed Embedded Systems Conference).... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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With so much recent media focus on consumer technology - think iPhone 6 - and wearable technology - think Apple Watch - I sometimes have to bring my mind back down to earth to think about the types of... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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I keep coming back to The Internet of Things, which is not surprising, given that all things seem to be getting smart (at least in a technical sense) in a hurry. One item that recently caught my eye -... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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With the recent announcement of Apple Watch, we're seeing a lot more talk about wearable computing. While this is not the market the Critical Link generally focuses on, it's still pretty interesting... (View Full Article)
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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I'm probably not the only one who's been seeing more kids "vaping" with their e-cigarettes. And I'm probably not the only out there who's been seeing ads for a "digital" vapor cigarette called VUSE... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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With the NFL regular season about the kick-off (literally), I thought it would be interesting to talk a bit about some new technology which will be on the field, or at least on the sidelines, for the... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I'm out in San Francisco this week for Photonics West, and, while on the elliptical in my hotel the other day, I caught up on some of my reading. One of the most interesting articles I came across was... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I'm a car guy. I'm also a tech guy. So when I see a story that combines car and tech, I'm always interested - even if, these days, such stories do seem to come fast and furious. The recent... (View Full Article)
(Telecommunications Infrastructure Services)
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Don't know if you're a fan of Shark Tank, but I am. For those who aren't familiar with it, Shark Tank is yet another one of those addictive reality shows - but without the dumb down.... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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DRAM Controllers for System Designers - that provides a deep dive into DRAM controllers, and how they work. As with every other element of electronic system design, you need to get this one right.... (View Full Article)
(Automotive Services)
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On a recent business trip to Germany, I got to tour the BMW factory in Munich. I'm also an engineering guy. It's what I do. It's what I love to do. So it's not surprising that a recent article over on... (View Full Article)
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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Although sometimes when I'm on a long trip, the idea seems pretty appealing, I'm not quite ready for driverless cars. But as a car buff and an electronics engineer, I'm certainly interested in, and... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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This is Upstate New York, so it's too early to call game over with respect to snowfall. It's only late February, after all, and we've been known to have snow in May. Still, the corner has been turned.... (View Full Article)
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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Not to be outdone by my friend and colleague Omar Rahim, who posted last week about what's happening with automotive technology - I am not quite a car buff, but I do have a couple of soft spots when... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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We keep hearing that, any day now, drones will be making our Amazon deliveries, dropping off that pair of sneakers, those earbuds we couldn't live another day without. In truth, most of our consumer... (View Full Article)
(Mobile Computing)
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Well, last week I blogged about ARM processors ruling the world, especially from a consumer product perspective. But not so fast, maybe.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Today, we celebrate Veterans Day. So now is as good a time as any to focus for a bit on military technology. An article by Editorial Director John McHale in Military Embedded Systems 2015 Resource... (View Full Article)
(Embedded Systems)
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Last week, EE Times had an interesting piece by Rick Merritt that catalogued ten trends in embedded design. The trend results are from a survey that was taken earlier in the year.... (View Full Article)
(Medical)
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As embedded medical devices become more prevalent, and more sophisticated, the stakes will just keep getting higher and higher, and security will become more and more of a concern.... (View Full Article)
(Engineering Services)
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While looking back on 2013, I found an interesting article on embedded.com in which Jack Gaussle gave his take on "The Most Important Milestones in Embedded in 2013". Here's the list (with a bit of... (View Full Article)
(Energy Services)
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Off and on, I've been seeing articles on energy harvesting. Energy harvesting (sometimes called energy scavenging, which doesn't sound quite as good) occurs when energy from ambient sources - solar,... (View Full Article)
(Automotive Equipment and Products)
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As an engineer who's also a "car guy", I've monitored the VW emissions scandal with some degree of sadness. I've always been proud of being an engineer, and one of my points of pride has been that our... (View Full Article)
(Engineering Services)
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More and more often we are hearing from customers that the responsiveness and support provided by our engineering team is head and shoulders above most others in the industry. To be honest, we never... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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This is a big year for 40th anniversaries. We've "celebrated" (or at least acknowledged) the 40th anniversary of the mobile phone, and it's also the 40th anniversary of Ethernet.... (View Full Article)
(Application Development and Deployment Software)
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LinuxLink is a Linux toolset from our partner Timesys, and enables quick and easy design, development, deployment and debugging of an embedded product based on open source Linux.... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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Once again, we've posted an article on the ARM Connected Community info forum. This time, we explored the Total Cost of Ownership for a single board solution vs. a System on Module (SOM) solution. Our... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I've been hearing a lot about Li-Fi lately, which is getting plenty of hype in the tech press. And why wouldn't it be getting hyped? It promises to be 100x faster than standard Wi-Fi speeds. Which... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Because Critical Link does so much with vision systems, I'm always interested in camera applications. On a recent European trip, I noticed that they have a lot of traffic cameras on their highways.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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With a son who's been a volunteer firefighter and EMT since he's been in high school and is now a professional engineer working in fire equipment sales and support, you can best believe that I was... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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In a recent Atlantic Monthly, there was a brief, but interesting, article on batteries, in which journalist James Fallows asked Nobel-winning physicist Steven Chu and Yi Cui, who is a battery... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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With the possible exception of humankind, everything these days seems to be getting smarter.... (View Full Article)
(Business and Professional Services)
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Thanksgiving is always a good time to take a few minutes to reflect on just what it is that we're most thankful for. My personal list, of course, includes my family, my friends, my health, my dogs,... (View Full Article)
(Telecommunications Infrastructure Services)
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For those of us who like gadgets, like to tinker, and like the idea of smartphones getting even smarter, there's good news: Google is continuing to work on the Ara, a modular smartphone.... (View Full Article)
(Specialty Software)
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H.265 is coming. What will this mean for encode and decode engines?... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Between last week's post and this one, it's looking like December is starting out as Automotive Month here at Critical Link. This is really not surprising, as so many cool embedded and vision systems... (View Full Article)
(Mobile Computing)
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While our first System On Modules (SoMs) were DSP-based, we have introduced several ARM-based SoMs over the last couple of years. MityDSPs of varying sorts are still used in many of our customers'... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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A few weeks back, Tim Iskander, one of Critical Link's senior engineers, sent me this link to a video that Tektronix made in 1969. The video, which Tim found on the Museum of Vintage Tektronix... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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One of the most interesting and rapidly growing application areas for the Internet of Things (IoT) is the development of smart cities. Smart cities use sensors to collect data, and then use that data... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Like most of the world, I was saddened by the devastating fire that did so much damage to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris last month. You don't have to have been to this magnificent building, nor do you... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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Does "mity" have some special engineering meaning... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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One of the things that keeps life interesting at Critical Link is seeing how our customers are utilizing our system-on-modules in their products. While the MityDSP-L138+FPGA - part of our OMAP-L138... (View Full Article)
(Connectors)
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Critical Link's System on Modules use a SO-DIMM connector, and we sometimes get asked just how well this type of connection will stand up to shock and vibration for applications that really get a... (View Full Article)
(Communication Devices)
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Don't know whether, in your travels, you've come across IFTTT. If you program at all, you know "if" statements. Well, IFTTT stands for "If this then that", and, in their own words: Is a service that... (View Full Article)
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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We'll be participating in some upcoming TI Tech Days, so if you're going to be there, please swing by and say hello.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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We seem to have our share of automotive-related posts on the Critical Link blog, but that's because there's so much interesting technology going into cars these days. And it's technology that most of... (View Full Article)
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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On the Google end, this jumpstarts (and surpasses earlier less successful) efforts to get into the connected device world - and gives Google a gateway into the connected home. It will be very... (View Full Article)
(Internet and Web Software)
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With Gene Frantz, the father of DSP, retiring from TI, I thought it might be time to once again revive a question that comes up every few years (sometimes even because Gene has raised it): is DSP... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I recently had a diagnostic ultrasound, and while I was laying there on the table looking at the fuzzy, grainy image, something occurred to me. And that something was that the image quality doesn't... (View Full Article)
(Engineering Services)
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It's official. In late June, we received the official certificate that lets the world know that we're ISO 9001:2008 certified.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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To me, kangaroos are one of those goofy-looking animals that manage to put a smile on your face. But if you live - and drive - in Australia, they're not a laughing matter. In fact, it's reported that... (View Full Article)
(Engineering Services)
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Since it's an area where so much interesting embedded technology is being deployed, you may have noticed that we've done our share of transportation related posts - positive train control, driverless... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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There are a lot of interesting applications for facial recognition software, but I have to say one of the most interesting (if not necessarily the most useful) is one that a Barcelona comedy club was... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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With the celebration of July's 50th anniversary of the moon landing, I've been reading a lot about Apollo 11, especially the technology involved in it all. What's most interesting is how primitive by... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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In May, Embedded.com ran a series of articles by Rob Oshana of Freescale Semiconductor and Mark Kraeling of GE on managing embedded software design's power requirements. Taken as a whole, the articles... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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Moore's Law - "the number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months" - has been around now for 50 years. (Look for Intel, and the semiconductor industry, to make... (View Full Article)
(Semiconductors)
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Moore's Law is based on an observation that Gordon Moore, who co-founded Intel, made that year in which he stated that, looking back over the hardware history, the number of transistors in an... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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In September, I had a post on ARM and the Internet of Things (IoT). We're interested in ARM, of course, because we have a number of ARM-based SOMs - the MitySOM-5CSx, the MitySOM-335x, and the... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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For all the software guys and gals out there, earlier this week, I saw a somewhat funny, somewhat cranky, and mostly insightful article by Jack Ganssle, which appeared on embedded.com. His topic? How... (View Full Article)
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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A few weeks ago, my friend and colleague Omar Rahim sent me a link to an interesting article by John Markoff which he saw in the The New York Times. The article was on a new chip that's slated for... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Many years ago, I heard it said that, at the time of the introduction of the steam engine in England, the changes over just one generation were so profound that a parent born before the Industrial... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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A couple of weeks ago I saw an article by Peter Clarke on EE Times reporting on the coming of 3-D NAND flash memory.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I recently heard that CVS will be phasing out its one-hour film processing. Walgreen's is doing the same, if it hasn't done so already. Let's face it, most pictures these days are taken on a... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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Fujitsu has a prototype that "uses the tablet's camera to track your finger movements on a desk, as if you were typing away on an invisible keyboard."... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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For my fitness tracker, I have a Jawbone UP3, which bills itself as "the most advanced tracker you can buy." I like it, but I'm still waiting for some of the more advanced functions that they promised... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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When it comes to image sensors, ON Semiconductor seems to be on a bit of an acquisition tear. (Acquisitions are nothing new for ON Semi, as you can see in this timeline.) In April, the company... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Controls Software)
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A couple of months ago, at a tech conference, I got into a conversation on whether there are quality differences between open source and proprietary software.... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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This is the third in a series of blog posts based on a series of articles by Rob Oshana and Mark Kraeling on "Optimizing Embedded Software for Power Efficiency" that ran in Embedded.com in May. In... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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When we build our SoM's, we rely on our partners for the best available components. For WiFi, that partner is LS Research.... (View Full Article)
(Hardware)
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In developing our System on Modules (SoMs), we look to incorporate the best available hardware and software components - components that support the purpose of each SoM, and that are produced by... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Last month, on a trip to New Hampshire, I stopped at a state welcome center, and encountered a vision-based people counter.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I'm not much of a baseball fan, but I do know that it's the most data-intensive sport, and has been recording just about everything that can be recorded for an awful long time. And now Major League... (View Full Article)
(Transportation Unclassified)
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In September 2008, a terrible collision between a freight train and a commuter train in California took twenty-five lives. Just last summer in Spain, a derailment caused by speeding, resulted in 80... (View Full Article)
(Microprocessors and Microcontrollers)
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In a website section called Getting Started with TI Processors, TI has a good general overview piece, Getting to Know Processor Architectures. This is at a pretty high level, but it's solid, and helps... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I'm always on the lookout for stories about the different ways image processing is put to work, but an article I saw a couple of months back in Vision Systems Design was one of the most interesting.... (View Full Article)
(Communication IC)
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In case you missed the news, the North American well has finally run dry on IP (IPv4 - 32 bit) addresses. What's been happening for the past few years in Asia, Europe, and Latin America - i.e., the... (View Full Article)
(Embedded Systems)
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While you're probably not likely to be running Windows XP on your own PCs (maybe other than the one in the kitchen you use to pay the bills on), there are an awful lot of XP'd up computers out there.... (View Full Article)
(Robotics)
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I've had an interest in robotics, dating back to my grad school days. So naturally I was intrigued by a recent article I saw on Futurism about how MIT scientists, funded by the city of Amsterdam are... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Even though I live in upstate New York, where there are plenty of dairy farms, I don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about where the milk on my cereal and the cream in my coffee comes from, other... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Regular blog readers may recall that I have an interest in robotics. Among other posts, last March I wrote about office robots, and in May I had a post about robots that do the milking on dairy farms.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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So while I'm always thinking about things related to vision, this week I'm really thinking about things related to vision. And while I was thinking about things related to vision, I was also catching... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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The World Cup, which this time around is coming to Brazil, will be underway by mid-June. Most of the buzz around it has been the question of whether Brazil will be ready. What's been getting less buzz... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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One of the downsides of the Internet of Things (IoT) is the often flimsy security that comes along with them. This is especially true on the consumer side. Before we ever heard of the IoT, there was... (View Full Article)
(Batteries and Accessories)
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As I'm sure that all of you engineers out there know, your engineering prowess is very likely to earn you the job of tech support for your family. In that role, I was recently called upon to come to... (View Full Article)
(Sensor Transmitters)
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What's so smart about the world's smartest basketball?... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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Don't know whether you caught the news, but earlier in the year a consortium of tech companies released the specs for a new Internet of Things (IoT) sensor platform, M2.COM. The entities include ARM... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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Following the state machine methodology when doing design work - whether for hardware, a communications protocol, or the software implementation of a communications protocol - has proven invaluable... (View Full Article)
(Internet and Web Software)
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I'm a dog person, so I'm not sure how this one caught my attention, but recently I ran across something about SureFlap, a British company that makes products that work off of your cat's microchip,... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Over the summer, I took my kids out to a weekend breakfast at a local Panera. If you've never been to a Panera, they've always (in my experience) had a system where, after you placed your order, they... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I wouldn't have come up with the idea, but when I think about it, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea of a "new combat sport and entertainment experience." That someone... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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As anyone who knows me - or reads this blog - can tell you, I'm extremely interested in innovative uses of technology, whether it's things I use directly - like the Nest thermostat - or things I may... (View Full Article)
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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Earlier this year, I saw an excellent article by Jacob Beningo on EDN that provided a list of software tips for hardware engineers... (View Full Article)
(Product and Material Testing)
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There was an interesting article by Anil Khitolia on EDN a few weeks ago on LTE Stress Testing. He started out with a fast fact that I found pretty shocking - a claim that 15-20% of smartphones are... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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For a number of years, researchers have been working on brain implants that will help with memory loss. Now it's been reported that devices that can restore memory-generation capability for those... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I was in New York City over Thanksgiving and while I was there, I couldn't help but notice the massive new LED screen in Times Square. Did I say massive?... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I saw a recent article in The New York Times in which Elon Musk (of Telsa fame) announced that by summer, his company would be bringing "autonomous technology" (i.e., the self-driving car) to market... (View Full Article)
(Medical)
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Dr. Eric Topol is perhaps the person most closely associated with the digitization of medicine. Last year, his book on the subject, The Creative Destruction of Medicine, was published.... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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how fireworks displays have become so computer-driven over the years.... (View Full Article)
(Internet and Web Software)
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Last Saturday, April 4th, marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of Microsoft, which is sure hard to believe. I vaguely remember when they were sort of the new kid on the block, back in the old... (View Full Article)
(Engineering Services)
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A couple of weeks back, I saw an article on a very interesting topic over on EE Times. Like a Manhattan Project, resources are coming together for the big push to simulate the human brain. Personnel... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Regular followers of the Critical Link blog will know that I've been interested in robots since my grad school days at UMass, when I got to work with a robot named Harvey. So, naturally, I enjoyed a... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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An awful lot has been written - including by us, in this blog - about the Internet of Things. All very exciting stuff, especially when you consider Cisco's Carl Sagan-esque forecast that, by 2020, 50... (View Full Article)
(Tracking Software)
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I'm sure you've heard of Fitbit, the activity tracker that monitors and reports on how many steps you take in a day. Well, now there's something similar for dogs. Fitbite might have been a better... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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While the idea of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) has been around for a while, as everything (except, perhaps, human beings) keep getting smarter, the buzz around IoT is on the rise.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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When we think about the Internet of Things (IoT), for most of us, the first thought is probably a Nest thermostat or some other connected appliance or home device, or a fitness application like... (View Full Article)
(Medical)
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Often when we think of the Internet of Things, we're thinking about gadgets - cool items that make life easier (like my NEST thermostat), or stuff that's just plain fun (like my NEST thermostat).... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I recently came across an article (published last spring) on IKEA's "Concept Kitchen 2025", a collaboration between IKEA, IDEO and some university student designers. It's all a bit Jetsons, but quite... (View Full Article)
(Audio and Video IC)
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Don't know if you saw the news, but Ray Dolby, the electrical engineer who brought us surround sound, died a few weeks back.... (View Full Article)
(Engineering Services)
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Karen Field, on Embedded.com, had an interesting article a few weeks back. In"10 Skills Embedded Engineers Need Now", she asked a number of embedded development professionals (and one recruiter) what... (View Full Article)
(Engineering Services)
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Last week I posted Part One of a two-parter based on Karen Field's recent article, "10 Skills Embedded Engineers Need Now", which was published on Embedded.com. Matt Liberty thinks engineers should... (View Full Article)
(Embedded Systems)
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Last week, we posted an article on the ARM Connected Community site. This is an interesting and useful information-sharing forum for anyone working with - or just plain interested in - ARM. There are... (View Full Article)
(Uncategorized)
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I've always been curious about how the term "bug" came into use to refer to a hardware or software glitch.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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An architecture for compute-intensive, custom machine vision... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Don't know if you caught TI's announcement last week, but there's a new kid in town in their Sitara processor family.... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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Last month, TI announced a new near-field communications (NFC) interface transponder.... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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With our youngest just off to college, we're well beyond Santa at our house, but I still like to do a bit of virtual window shopping for toys, especially to see what's out there that appeals to my... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Somewhere along the line, I bookmarked an article on a robot used to study volcanoes. I finally got around to reading it, and thought it would make for an interesting blog post. So here goes. NASA's... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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There's some interesting news on the CMOS front that I wanted to share with you. This past May, in Europe, two different consortia began work on CMOS image sensor projects.... (View Full Article)
(Engineering Services)
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Anyway, we are very pleased to announce that the SoM is up and running, the baseboard is in and up, and we've been through basic hardware bring up and checkout on both boards (to varying degrees... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about wearable technology. Shortly after the post appeared, I got an e-mail from a friend in Boston who wrote to me about her wearable tech: a pass for using the "T",... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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A few weeks ago, I saw a post over on EE Times on Network on Chip (NOC) The main point the post made was that System on Chip (SOC) designers can optimize their products by incorporating NOC... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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For those who aren't familiar with the Nest, it's a "Learning Thermostat" which you don't need to program to schedule when our HVAC clicks on and off. It learns your habits - when you get home from... (View Full Article)
(Embedded Systems)
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What with Halloween soon upon us and all, I got to thinking about coming up with a topic that's related to both Trick or Treat and embedded electronics. I'm sure that folks can think of lots of... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Before my wife and I know it, we're going to be empty-nesters, and that will mean a bit less pressure to get a good meal on the table every evening. I was thinking that maybe we'd start eating out... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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A recent article on TechCrunch caught my eye. As, I guess, it was intended to. The article was on the HoloLens, Microsoft's entry into the "facespace" space, which lands somewhere between what Oculus... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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3D NAND is on the way, but it's not going to be here tomorrow. Last week, Toshiba and SanDisk announced that they were jointly investing in a production facility in Japan, coming on line in 2016. This... (View Full Article)
(Information Systems Services)
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A couple of days ago, I came across an article on Gizmodo that includes a link to a Computer Chronicles episode from 1995 in which Stewart Cheifet explores the then-mysterious Information... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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A while back now, I caught an episode of Inside Man on CNN. This is a show in which Morgan Spurlock goes behind the scenes to explore some topic from the inside out. (If the name sounds familiar,... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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Given the nature of the applications that our customers develop, we don't typically run into competitive situations where Critical Link System on Modules (SoMs) are going head to head with products... (View Full Article)
(Engineering Services)
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One of the principal reasons that developers choose to embed a Critical Link System-on-Module in their applications is to reduce their risk. A big part of that risk is what happens when a board moves... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Computing)
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Last week, I blogged about the tablet technology that the NFL will be fielding this season. What I didn't mention in that post is that referees are also getting some new gear, wireless headsets that... (View Full Article)
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I'm always on the lookout for interesting and novel uses of technology - especially when it involves technology that Critical Link works with. So naturally, I was drawn to an article I saw a few weeks... (View Full Article)
(Automotive Equipment and Products)
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What with Omar's post of February 12th, and mine last week, it looks like February has been Car Technology Month here at Critical Link. We're really not all that car mad, it's just that there's so... (View Full Article)