Technical Articles

Critical Link, LLC has published these technical articles:

(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...
(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...
(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...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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There's an old sci-fi movie, from the 60's, called Fantastic Voyage. The plotline has a scientist defecting to the West, who's shot in an assassination attempt and needs a blood clot removed from his...
(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...
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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Well, it's December now, and anyone celebrating one of the gift-giving holidays that's coming up is likely going into shopping overdrive. Even though my kids are grown up, and there are as yet no...
(Engineering Services)
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Whenever a new year rolls around, I always like to look back - and look forward. I did some looking back on 2019 in my Thanksgiving post, so now I'm taking a look forward with a roundup of some of the...
(Engineering Services)
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When I began this short series, I mentioned that the forecasts I'd be listing would be in no particular order. That wasn't quite true, as I saved the ones that are closest to my heart - the ones from...
(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...
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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I have a long-standing fascination with 3D printing. It's such an interesting technology, and has been put to so many good uses. It's great for product prototyping and manufacture. It has many medical...
(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....
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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As a car guy (and a tech guy), I often find myself blogging about topics related to automotive technology. And then sometimes I remember that I'm also a dog guy (and a tech guy), and I start noticing...
(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...
(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...
(Engineering Services)
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Wind is a big part of that grid, and accounts for a bit under one-quarter of Texas energy use. The adverse weather conditions have put a crimp in the wind supply, as turbines have frozen up, but wind...
(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...
(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...
(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....
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I don't know about you, but I actually don't mind a little peace and quiet when I'm pumping gas. But with BP's latest development, going to the gas station may turn into a whole new interactive...
(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....
(Engineering Services)
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If you're thinking that camping gear is still a nylon pup-tent, a damp and lumpy sleeping bag, and a flashlight, well, I guess you're still living in the twentieth century. Or so I was reminded when I...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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....
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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When it came to chips, last week was a big one for news. First, we learned that NASA has produced a new chip that will be able to withstand the extreme conditions on Venus....
(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...
(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...
(Embedded Systems)
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Last week, I spent three days in San Jose at Design West (the renamed Embedded Systems Conference)....
(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...
(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 -...
(Engineering Services)
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"The customers who come to Senseeker are also often looking for other specialist electronics, and that's where Critical Link fits in. They have a reputation for quality, and a long track record of...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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It's something that I'm pretty sure we've all been guilty of. Our shopping carts are bigger than our stomachs, and as much as we think we're going to use every last bit of what we put in those carts,...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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....
(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....
(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...
(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...
(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....
(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...
(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...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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At Critical Link, we're - of course - quite partial to DSP. Many of our clients have deployed System on Modules that contain DSP. And way back in the day (about a decade back in the day), our original...
(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....
(Engineering Services)
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Last month, I did a post entitled "There's a lot happening on the FPGA front." As a shop that does an extensive amount of work with FPGAs, we're always interested to hear talk about even more stuff...
(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...
(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....
(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....
(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...
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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As a new year begins, I always like to take a look at what the pundits are predicting for technology trends in the upcoming year. On embedded.com, EDN and EE Times editors - a.k.a. the pundits -...
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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Earlier this month I had a post that covered half of the hot technology predictions from EDN and EE Times editors as featured on embedded.com. Here's the second half of what the EDN and EE Times...
(Sensing and Measurement Instruments)
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I was catching up on my blog reading, when I came across an interesting post (and infographic) from TI, a long-standing technology partner of Critical Link. In the post, from this past February, Adam...
(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,...
(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...
(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...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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At the heart of pretty much every engineer I know - and I know a lot of engineers - there's a tinkerer, an inventor, a dreamer. It's just the way we think and operate. So I very much enjoyed an...
(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....
(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....
(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...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Even if we keep it relatively simple by using the same password - or variants of it - for multiple purposes, or we use some sort of single-sign on application, it's still hard and irritating to keep...
(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...
(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....
(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...
(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...
(Industrial Computing)
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I feel a little bit guilty about throwing something this technical out there in the middle of the summer, but Adam Taylor's recent article in EE Times, "10 FPGA Design Techniques You Should Know" was...
(Engineering Services)
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I enjoy reading about technology. And I enjoy reading about the future of technology. So I much enjoyed the article on breakthrough technologies in the current edition of the MIT Technology Review....
(Engineering Services)
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In my last post, I described the first five breakthrough technologies listed in the March/April edition of The MIT Technology Review. In this post, I'm doing the remainder of the Top Ten. (In...
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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With the possible exception of humankind, everything these days seems to be getting smarter....
(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,...
(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....
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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At one point or another, most of us - in search of a tasty tomato in the dead of winter, or a head of Bibb lettuce for a salad - have picked up some hydroponic produce at the grocery store. I take it...
(Specialty Software)
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H.265 is coming. What will this mean for encode and decode engines?...
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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It didn't happen all that often, but every once in a while, when I was growing up, there'd be something in the news about a house being moved from one location to another. As I recall, it was usually...
(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...
(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'...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Industrial Computing)
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Does "mity" have some special engineering meaning...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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....
(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...
(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...
(Engineering Services)
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As I suspect is true of many folks, since the pandemic hit, I've been watching more TV than is my norm. So I'm grateful that there are so many options to choose from - you really can't ever say that...
(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...
(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...
(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....
(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...
(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...
(Engineering Services)
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If you've been in a grocery, pharmacy, or big box store recently - or lined up outside a Starbucks - you've seen the duct-taped X's telling you where to stand to keep your social distance from the...
(Engineering Services)
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Over the summer, EDN Aspencore published a series of articles on how the electronics industry has responded to the COVID pandemic. In term, I'm doing a series of blog posts summarizing these articles....
(Engineering Services)
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It seems that there's always a hacking story in the news, the most recent being a hack of Twitter accounts which you've likely read about. Hackers had managed to con a couple of Twitter employees into...
(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...
(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...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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As someone who has always enjoyed driving, I have mixed emotions about the pending arrival of autonomous cars. On the one hand, I'm intrigued by the use of technology - all those embedded systems! On...
(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...
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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Mind-controlled prosthetics for amputees have been around for years. And they're amazing. But the functionality they provide is limited. They can be awkward to use and don't provide fine motor...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Engineering Services)
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I know, I know. There's plenty of evidence that Microsoft is more than a software company, even if old guys like me who remember when Windows was just becoming a force, and when everyone was beginning...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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....
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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A friend of mine recently received an invitation to attend a demo of the Steinway Spirio, a high-res player piano. Anyway, my friend wasn't able to go and see Spirio for herself, but she thought I...
(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...
(Engineering Services)
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When it comes to Active Driving Assistance, we're still in the early development stage. So proceed with caution....
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Once again, there's been a train accident which, if there'd been Positive Train Control (PTC) in use, might have been avoided. So once again, we're revisiting PTC....
(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."...
(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...
(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...
(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....
(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...
(Engineering Services)
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Remember mood rings? They were a 70's fad that recycles every once in a while. The rings contained liquid crystal, which changes colors when the temperature of your finger changed. Red means you're...
(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....
(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...
(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....
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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....
(Meters, Readouts and Indicators)
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Like a lot of folks, I'm a fan of shows like CSI and NCIS, which demonstrate the ways that forensic technology can be used to solve crimes. I know that what's portrayed may not be 100% realistic in...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I guess it was inevitable. After all the hype. After all those forecasts of kabillions of connected devices. After all the cool videos showing smart everythings. There seems to be a bit of a backlash...
(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...
(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....
(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...
(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...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Dating back to my graduate school days - now a few decades in the rear-view mirror - I've had a long-running interest in robotics, and I'm always on the lookout for new applications. One that I came...
(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....
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This past Monday should have seen the running of the Boston Marathon. I'm not a marathoner, but it's hard not to pay just a bit of attention to Boston, the longest running (since 1897) marathon in the...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Robotics)
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Spot is out and about, and after years of showing us how it could run up and down stairs and perform some pet tricks, Spot is now being put to work....
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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Like those belonging to pretty much everyone else, the electronics devices and gadgets I rely on occasionally run out of juice. I forget to charge my phone. Or my smart watch. I misjudge how long my...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Two things that tend to capture my interest in an article are sensors and cars, and Bill Schweber's entertaining post in a recent EE Times featured both. So I was entertained. He started out with the...
(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...
(Sensor Transmitters)
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What's so smart about the world's smartest basketball?...
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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...
(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...
(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,...
(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...
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It's probably safe to say that one of the things that's first and foremost on all our minds these days is the coronavirus pandemic. And it's not just on our minds, but in our everyday lives that are...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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?...
(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...
(Engineering Services)
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Hockey, like most other sports, has been introducing increasingly sophisticated tracking technology for a number of years now, and there've been pucks in play with some level of "intelligence" since...
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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....
(Engineering Services)
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Since the pandemic hit our shores earlier this year, we've been keeping our eye out for ways in which the electronics industry has responded....
(Engineering Services)
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Two weeks ago, we kicked off a set of blog posts focused on a series of articles from EDN/AspenCore on how the electronics industry has been responding to the pandemic. (These articles appeared in EE...
(Engineering Services)
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Summary of EDN Aspencore's series of interesting and informative articles on the response that the electronics industry has been making to the coronavirus crisis....
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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Back in September, Martin Rowe had a very interesting piece on EDN entitled "Wh at will drive test & measurement?" In his column, Rowe combines the answers that two of his readers had given to some...
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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how fireworks displays have become so computer-driven over the years....
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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....
(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...
(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)....
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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As we're nearing that great time of year when local farm stands (and neighbors' backyard gardens) have local tomatoes, I couldn't resist what appears to be an advertorial by Analog Devices (a.k.a....
(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...
(Engineering Services)
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It's probably safe to say that most apps being developed these days are connected - they're part of the Internet of Things. To some extent, a lot of IoT development has been the Wild West in terms of...
(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....
(Engineering Services)
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Somewhat lost in all the pandemic and political news is NASA's launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover (nickname: Percy), which on July 30th headed off on its seven-month trip to the Red Planet,...
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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...
(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...
(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...
(Engineering Services)
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It was the title of the article on EE Journal that caught my eye: "FPGAs Race for the Bottom," which rounds up recent FPGA releases. Writer Kevin Morris claims this occur when the "bleary eyed...
(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....
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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An architecture for compute-intensive, custom machine vision...
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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....
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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Last month, TI announced a new near-field communications (NFC) interface transponder....
(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...
(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...
(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....
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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We're all familiar with Underwriters Lab, and we're used to seeing the UL symbol on the cord tag of our electrical appliances. But things electrical - which were just being introduced when UL was...
(Engineering Services)
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I'm always bookmarking articles of interest, and in going through my backlog, I just came across one on underwater energy harvesting that appeared in EETimes this past February. (And speaking of...
(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...
(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",...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Over the past month or so, I've been keeping my eye on the news about hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria. It's hard not to get caught up in all the dramatic scenes, the rescues, and the...
(Engineering Services)
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As the year ends, I always find it interesting to look back at what's happened during the past year in terms of technology. While I was wandering around looking for ideas, I came across an article by...
(Engineering Services)
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A couple of weeks ago, CES2021 was held. This is the mega consumer electronics show (that's where the CES comes from) held annually in Las Vegas. It's attended by 100,000 folks, and the exhibits...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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We've been hearing for years that newspapers and magazines will be dying out, any day now. We want our news in real-time, and we want it in video format. Print? That's for old timers with time to read...
(Engineering Services)
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It's still not too late to take a look at the technology trends for the new year....
(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...
(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...
(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,...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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I'm an overall tech person, with a longtime interest in robotics. So I find the growing number of new robotics applications - medical, manufacturing, assistive, even some of those built for a less...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
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When the pandemic hit, I'm sure I wasn't alone in making sure I knew where the thermometer was, replacing the battery on the pulse oximeter, and checking the expiration dates on the cold medicine in...
(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...