William Wong

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.

 

Articles
Q&A: DecaWave’s Ciaran Connell on UWB, Indoor Location, Robots, and IoT
Knowing the position of a person or device is useful with the Internet of Things, but determining that information indoors can be a challenge because GPS isn’t available.
Wireless Modules Simplify Product Design
The Internet-of-Things (IoT) means networking, and a lot of that will be wireless. One way to simplify IoT designs is to use wireless modules and gateways that have already been verified and approved.
Keep an Eye Out for Quadcopters
Quadcopters are showing up in all shapes and sizes, addressing a range of needs from toys to stable HD camera platforms.
Q&A: MACOM’s Doug Carlson Discusses GaN’s Market Potential and Trajectory
Mainstream adoption of gallium nitride is at a crossroads of technology innovation and supply-chain transformations.
Q&A: Salas on the SPOT in Low-Power Design
Technology Editor Bill Wong talks with Mike Salas about subthreshold power-optimized technology (SPOT) and what it means for the future of MCUs.
Hands on a Secured USB 3 Flash Drive
Apricorn’s new Aegis secure solid-state drive runs at USB 3.0 speeds and uses 256-bit AES encryption.
Q&A: Tom Starnes Examines the NXP-Freescale Union 4
NXP will nearly double its revenues by buying Freescale but what changes will really take place? Objective Analysis’ Tom Starnes discusses the acquisition.
GPU and Video Processor Target Mid-Range Mobile
Imagination Technologies extends its PowerVR GPU and video processing line with new IP targeting mid-range mobile applications.
mbed IoT Starter Kit Links to IBM's Cloud 2
ARM and IBM have combined forces to extend ARM’s mbed IoT environment to IBM's cloud services.
Q&A: Spansion’s Dr. Saied Tehrani Discusses HyperBus MCUs
Telematics is a challenging automotive cluster application that becomes even tougher to deal with as cost and reliability come into play. Dr. Saied Tehrani talks about how Spansion’s latest microcontroller addresses this space.
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.
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Mar 6, 2015
blog

Programming Efficiency: Part 2 2

A number of years ago I did some work on a PABX. The device was electromechanical and far from state of the art, but the owner had been talked into spending a bunch of money expanding it and couldn’t justify scrapping it....More
Jan 21, 2015
Commentary

How To Dumb Down Smart Electronics 7

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
blog

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

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