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Sep 02, 2015

The Developer’s IoT Dilemma

Implementing the Internet of Things is not easy, and no one does it from scratch. But choosing partners and solution providers can be daunting....More
Aug 14, 2015

Flash in the 3D Pan

Storage vendors were showing off their latest wares at the Flash Memory Summit. This includes devices like Samsung’s 3D, 48-layer V-NAND chip that....More
Aug 05, 2015

What Does It Mean To Secure the Internet of Things?2

That’s the question everyone was asking at the Embedded Systems Conference....More
Jul 30, 2015

In This Martian Movie, They Get the Details Right3

NASA’s Dr. Jim Green helped Ridley Scott get The Martian as accurate as possible. It looks to be a great space adventure, one that could really....More
Jul 22, 2015

Car-Hacked! Flaw in Jeep Revealed6

Did hackers remotely commandeer a Jeep Cherokee? Apparently, to prove a point....More
Jul 10, 2015

The Changing User Interface1

Quantum Interface’s Precognition user interface utilizes movement and direction to select items —setting it apart from the absolute positioning....More
Jul 06, 2015

Really—it’s a Feature, Not a Bug4

Technology Editor Bill Wong has an issue with the Canon MX860 printer (and bad design, in general)....More
Jun 29, 2015

Musings from FTF 20151

This could be the last Freescale Technology Forum before the merge with NXP. There were definitely things to see....More
Jun 19, 2015

Running the iRobot Create 2

The iRobot Create 2 is a vacuum-turned-STEM platform. Here’s a look at what comes in the box....More
Jun 12, 2015

Java Turns 20—So What Else is New?1

New programming languages come and go, but Java and C/C++ may not be the only ones to keep an eye on....More
Jun 05, 2015

Home Security Defense in Depth

Technology Editor Bill Wong examines the challenges of addressing home security with a defense-in-depth approach....More
May 26, 2015

Safety Document Package Targets ADAS

The paper trail is critical to getting various approvals or certifications and it needs to start at the lowest level. This is why ARM’s latest....More
May 12, 2015

#IntelISEF Students Flock to Pittsburgh for Director’s Farewell Bash

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh is where thousands of top students are competing and having fun with SparkFun’s....More
May 06, 2015

VTOLs and Tethered Drones Take to the Sky at AUVSI 2015

Technology Editor Bill Wong highlights some of the latest technologies at this year’s AUVSI show, including unmanned VTOLs....More
Apr 30, 2015

Bebopping Around1

Technology Editor Bill Wong takes Parrot’s Bebop out for a spin....More
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William Wong

Bill Wong covers Digital, Embedded, Systems and Software topics at Electronic Design. He writes a number of columns, including Lab Bench and alt.embedded, plus Bill's Workbench hands-on column....
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Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Aug 11, 2015
Commentary

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
blog

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
Commentary

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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