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.


Ada/SPARK Fixes Crazyflie Nano Quadrotor 1
Crazyflie quadrotor is an open-source project including the hardware. I tried out a project where the control software was rewritten in SPARK, a subset of Ada.
Wrapping Up NI Week 2015
National Instruments delivered a range of new hardware platforms at its NI Week 2015. This includes a new FlexRIO Controller as well as new versions of CompactRIO and SBRIO.
Type-C Connectors Seize Multi-Interface Versatility
The USB 3.1 Type-C connector has dominated the USB space, but now it’s branching out toward other platforms such as DisplayPort.
Gallery: Flash Memory Summit Highlights Storage Large and Small
The Flash Memory Summit is one of the hottest shows around. It has everything from M-RAM M.2 solid-state drives (SSDs) to a 16-Tbyte, 2.5-in SSD that uses 48-layer V-NAND technology.
Medical Exoskeletons Become Practical 1
Exoskeletons can be used for medical and other applications. Lower body bionics can even help those with lower extremity weakness walk.
Choosing the Right Mixed-Signal Analyzer
Mixed-signal analysis continues to depend heavily on advanced software to simplify design tasks and handle the massive amounts of data generated by test equipment. Vendors continue to deliver high-performance equipment and then build on this hardware...
More Intelligent Signal Processing Targets IoT
Digital signal processing brings DSPs (digital signal processors) to mind. The DSP algorithms need I/O so they tend to be surrounded by analog-to-digital converters (ADCs)...
Vision Systems Give Robots a Glimpse at their Work
Cameras of all sorts are becoming more common in industrial settings. They can provide lots of useful information quickly—but analyzing multimedia streams can be challenging, and usually requires more processing power.
Windows 10, IoT, and Embedded Developers 7
Microsoft is looking to deliver the shipping version of Windows 10 soon and embedded developers need to take note. It may not have a major impact in the smartphone space...
What’s the Difference Between a BSP and SDK?
On the surface, a board support package (BSP) and a software development kit (SDK) seem to be interchangeable, but several key attributes separate the two.
Q&A: The Future of ARM Server Markets—2015 and Beyond
Technology Editor Bill Wong talks with Applied Micro’s Kumar Sankaran about the future of ARM server markets in 2015 and beyond.
Synergistic Tools Highlight New Microcontroller Family
Renesas Electronics revealed a major new hardware and software environment called the Renesas Synergy Platform that’s built around ARM Cortex microcontroller cores.
Multicore DSP SoC Incorporates Cortex-A5 for Connected Signal Processing
Analog Devices ADSP-SC589 pairs two SHARC DSPs with an ARM Cortex-A5 to handle connected and demanding signal processing chores.
Gallery: Threading FTF 2015
Thread, from The Thread Group, was linking a host of Freescale boards and modules together in the Internet of Things (or Tomorrow) at the 2015 Freescale Technology Forum.
Q&A: NRAM—as Fast as DRAM and Non-Volatile Like Flash
Electronic Design’s Bill Wong talks with Nantero’s Greg Schmergel about the company’s new generation of super-fast, high-density, low-power memory that’s based on carbon nanotubes.
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Aug 11, 2015

Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations 3

I have designed many early-stage proof-of-concept (POC) circuits, and observed many others do the same thing. It seems that there is often a huge disconnect between clients and engineers, though, when it comes to the goals of a POC design. In simple terms, an engineer worth his salt will overdesign an early POC circuit. This is because Murphy’s law always applies, and POCs are about overcoming unknowns. By overdesigning the circuit, one is able to prove the client’s product POC can be made to work, and quickly....More
Aug 4, 2015

Inconspicuous Pitfalls in Datasheet Analysis

Identifying the limitations of a datasheet saves lots of time, and cost, in terms of troubleshooting and redesigning circuits....More
Jun 30, 2015

Four-Wire Sensing Can Make or Break Your Measurements 7

Erroneously implementing four-wire sensing into a measurement instrument can be disastrous, so it becomes critical to have a firm grasp of how sense lines function....More

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