Break Points 10/21/2016 5 comments
Embedded systems columnist and EE Times ACE Award Contributor of the year Jack Ganssle says: "Adieu dear friends. It's time to move on."
Driving and Danger
Break Points 8/16/2016 3 comments
The most dangerous activity we engage in is the one too many of us are too casual about.
Break Points 4/13/2016 44 comments
What would you change if you could fix one thing about the C language?
Cortex MPU A Smart Option
Break Points 1/12/2016 Post a comment
Why wouldn't you use an memory protection unit in your next design? With an MPU, hardware can monitor every memory transaction and throw an exception when something silly happens.
Computer Science In K-12
Break Points 10/29/2015 6 comments
Bill Maher has his new rules. But there's an old rule: When in doubt, petition the Federal government for a solution.
Fixed Point Math
Break Points 10/6/2015 1 comment
Ints have limited ranges. Floats can be slow and memory hogs. Are there any alternatives?
Break Points 5/27/2015 1 comment
That nervous twitch of the left hand to save files may be obsolete.
The Role of QA
Break Points 11/17/2014 Post a comment
Delivering high quality doesn't mean leaning on QA to find your errors. Quality assurance is not supposed to find bugs.
Gimme an MMU!
Break Points 11/14/2014 11 comments
Software is inherently fragile. A memory management unit can prop it up.
Break Points 10/23/2014 4 comments
Storing files in the cloud may be the solution du jour, but here are one engineer's concerns on the risks.
A Checkup from the Neckup
Break Points 8/20/2014 Post a comment
Who do you use as a sounding board? Jack Ganssle sees the value in having the right person to tell your troubles to -- if only just for a brain tune-up.
Brown-Out Reset – an Update
Break Points 7/8/2014 2 comments
When using brown-out reset circuits, the bottom line is that on many MCUs you can’t use the A/D to monitor Vdd during flash writes unless there’s some way to simulate the expected load. As always, do a careful, worst-case engineering analysis.
Fifty Years of TTL
Break Points 6/25/2014 26 comments
Depending on your source, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of TTL (transistor-transistor logic). Although some say 1961 is the birth year, TI released the 5400 family in 1964 and the 7400 series in plastic two years later. Since TTL is synonymous with 5400 and 7400, why not offer 50th birthday congratulations?
BASIC at 50: Bad Trip or Bad Rap?
Break Points 5/7/2014 42 comments
Is it true that a person reared on BASIC, lingua franca of the eight-bit computer world, is forever damned by the experience? Jack Ganssle,the embedded systems guru, shares his experience with BASIC on its 50th anniversary.