William Wong

Technology Editor

Bill is a technology editor for Electronic Design focusing on embedded,software, and systems. Check out his blog, AltEmbedded. If you are submitting press releases please include pricing information and links to hi res (300dpi) images when appropriate or it goes to the bottom of the pile.


8051 Keeps on Buzzing
Silicon Labs' 8051-based EFM8 microcontrollers continue to deliver compact, low power solutions for a range of markets including IoT applications.
16-nm FPGA Includes 64-bit and Lockstep ARM Cortex Cores
Xilinx's latest FPGAs move down to 16-nm. The Zynq MPSoC version gains a multicore Cortex-A53 and Cortex-R5 complement.
High Availability is Not Just for the Data Center
High-Availability features are often found in critical applications in the data center, but these features are needed in embedded applications as well.
Microcontrollers Handle Automatic Speech Recognition
Spansion adds more HyperBus capable microcontrollers to their collection. This Cortex-M4 platform can include a 2D graphics engine.
Low Power FPGA Targets Wearable Applications
Lattice Semiconductor's new iCE40 UltraLite targets mobile devices like wearable technology where low power is king.
Q&A: SPLat’s Stonier-Gibson on Programmable Controllers 1
Technology Editor Bill Wong talks with David Stonier-Gibson, SPLat Controls' managing director and CEO, about programmable-controller products, including industrial-strength controller-touchscreen combination solutions.
Q&A: Choosing an Open-Source License
How do you decide which open-source license to use? Technology Editor Bill Wong talks with Protecode’s CEO Mahshad Koohgoli about the topic.
Backplane Optical Interconnects Deliver on Speed and Distance
Optical interconnects are becoming more important as high-speed serial interconnect speeds rise. Changing economics for optical interconnects are making them more desirable.
With Silicene, Science Turns Theory into Actual Material
Researchers have created a one-atom-thick layer of silicon that one day may be used to construct faster and more power-efficient transistors.
Wi-Fi Dash Camera Doubles as Action Cam
Technology Editor Bill Wong takes a hands-on look at Ojocam’s Chameleon dash camera. It can be used as a 3 Mpixel action camera.
ARM Lifts Lid on Cortex-A72
ARM has pushed up its high end, mobile architecture with the Cortex-A72. It also announced the complementary CCI500 Cache Coherent Interconnect and the Mali-T880 GPU.
Sound Software Employs Blind Source Separation
Conexant Systems' range of audio processing software provides significant improvements in audio quality allow for improved speech recognition.
3D Printers Get Less Expensive and More Functional
3D printers are getting less expensive and they are offering more features. There are even all-in-one products that incorporate 3D scanners.
Raspberry Pi 2 Goes Quad Core
Raspberry Pi 2 is now available. It moves up to a quad core Broadcom processor and includes 1 Gbyte of RAM. It also gains Windows 10 support.
Sensors Drive Mobile IoT
Much of the Internet of Things (IoT) is mobile, and compact MEMS sensors provide much of the status information for these devices.
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Jan 21, 2015

How To Dumb Down Smart Electronics 5

In our generation of microcontroller-enhanced everything, it has been frustrating at best to see how often the capability of smart hardware has been foiled by the design of poorly purposed software....More
Dec 15, 2014

Who Are You? (I Really Want to Know!) 7

Borrowing a stanza from The Who’s hit song seemed like a good way to bring attention to a critical topic often ignored by engineers. When finding information on a company that has an interesting product, what do we do? Of course, we look at its Web page to learn more....More
Dec 15, 2014

Bridging Technical Communication Barriers Between Cultures

Understanding technical concepts in different languages can sometimes prove to be difficult, particularly when you have to communicate it. In this article, I discuss the challenges and possible courses of action....More
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