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Arduino Primo base board features native
Arduino Primo base board features native Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity and NFC Touch-to-Pair using Nordic Semiconductor nRF52832 SoCs

Nordic Semiconductor announces that Arduino – the world’s most successful open-source ecosystem for education, Maker, and Internet of Things markets – has specified the Nordic Semiconductor nRF52832 Bluetooth low energy System-on-Chip at the heart of its latest product: a low cost IoT-targeted programmable single board computer (or ‘base board’) called the ‘Arduino Primo’...

Review Single board 65C02 65C816 computers
Review: Single board 65C02 and 65C816 computers

The 6502 is a classic piece of computing history. Versions of this CPU were found in everything from the Apple II, to the Nintendo Entertainment System, and the Commodore 64. The history of the 6502 doesn’t end with video games; for the last forty years, this CPU has found its way into industrial equipment, medical devices, and everything else that doesn’t need to be redesigned every two years...

Review Microchip Curiosity is gorgeous new
Review: Microchip Curiosity is a gorgeous new 8-bit dev board

Microchip has unveiled a new dev board called the Curiosity Development Board. I had my first look at this at Bay Area Maker Faire back in May but was asked not to publicize the hardware since it wasn’t officially released yet. Yesterday I got my hands on one of the first “pilot program” demo units and spent some time working with it...

TI introduces world first microcontroller configurable
TI introduces the world's first microcontroller with a configurable low-leakage transimpedance amplifier

Texas Instruments customers can now extend battery life in sensing and measurement applications with the new MSP430FR2311 microcontroller, the industry’s only MCU with an integrated low-leakage transimpedance amplifier consuming just 50 pA of current...

perfect Remote Programmable Controller interactive LED
The perfect Remote, Programmable, Controller for interactive LED strips. Part 2 - Controller Configuration, Connections and Operation

The receiver provides for the control of the two channels by a 433 MHz remote control with MM53200/Holtek HT12 encoding or a compatible one. Each channel is controlled by two buttons (also of distinct transmitters), hence  to manage both channels four buttons are needed, i.e. a four-channel radio control transmitter or two  two-channel transmitters, one used to control the brightness of the warm light and one for the control of cold one...

NXP introduces industry lowest power quad-core
NXP introduces industry's lowest power quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 based processor

NXP Semiconductors introduced the newest addition to the QorIQ processor family with the LS1046A processor, which is the industry’s lowest power quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 based device. The product combines extreme power efficiency with the QorIQ portfolio’s signature scalability and breadth...

EtherCAT implementation made easy cost-efficient XMC4300
EtherCAT implementation made easy and cost-efficient with XMC4300 microcontrollers

EtherCAT implementation complexity and cost can be reduced with the XMC4300 microcontroller series of Infineon Technologies. Without compromise to EtherCAT communication features, the XMC4300 has been specifically developed for cost-sensitive industrial applications that also make high demands on design flexibility, connectivity and real-time performance...

Cayenne Simplifying Creation IoT
Cayenne - Simplifying the Creation of IoT

As for the Raspberry Pi, it’s popularity is unparalleled among developers, having sold more than five million by February 2015. As a platform for prototyping IoT devices the embedded Linux computer makes an excellent system for small developers to tinker with and it also works well for bushiness IoT labs. Sure, you can go the long way and write an app, read tons of documentation, take the time to learn new programming languages, code, code and code some more...

Read multiple switches using ADC
Read multiple switches using ADC

The ATMega168 is a great general purpose 8-bit AVR microcontroller from Atmel. It has 23 GPIO pins, but sometimes you can run out of I/O pins as your design grows. This happened to me recently when, of the 23 GPIO pins available, 2 were taken up by an external ceramic resonator, 1 for the reset line, 3 for serial coms, 14 for the LCD, and 3 for RGB LED control...

Renesas emtrion Introduce New emCON-RZ G1E
Renesas and emtrion Introduce New emCON-RZ/G1E System-On-Module Board

Renesas Electronics and emtrion, a company that assists customers during all stages of the development process and integration, announced the availability of the new emCON-RZ/G1E System-On-Module board. The new board is designed for the quick and easy evaluation and production of high-end industrial applications using RZ/G Series of microprocessors from Renesas...