Intrepid design engineers plan a mountaineering trip on which they'll test a specially-designed MCU device optimized for low power and extreme environments.
What do you get
when you have two engineers preparing to climb Africa’s
famous Mt. Kilimanjaro —the
highest free-standing mountain in the world—within two weeks of each
(Early September and Late August, to be exact)? In our case—Microchip
Technology’s Darren Wenn and Future
McAneny—you recruit Microchip engineering intern Tim Moffat to build a
that will track your location via GPS while continuously taking various
measurements, such as temperature and barometric pressure. Following in
the mountaineering footsteps of our
famous British countrymen is no easy task by itself, but we couldn’t
opportunity to also test the limits of eXtreme Low Power microcontroller design.
We thought you
might enjoy hearing about our project, and we're grateful
to EE Times' new EE Life Community for providing us with a home for
blog. Hopefully, this will be an
entertaining way for you to learn about designing a device that has to
in extreme conditions with a limited battery-power budget.
us—Darren, Chris and Tim—will be blogging weekly, as we prepare
for the climb and design the devices. Darren and Chris will also be
keeping a journal as we make our
ascent, and will be taking plenty of photos and video along the way.
We’ll begin sharing all of this with you as
soon as we make it down the mountain—hopefully, without any
hospitalizations inbetween! Then, we will compare notes on
treks, alongside Tim’s design goals, to provide you with some practical
Watch for our next few blog posts, which introduce the project from
individual perspectives. If you’d like
to learn more about us, please check out our bios.
We hope you
enjoy this little adventure, and that you gain some useful
insights for your own extreme-low-power or extreme-condition designs.
And, we look forward to reading your comments
and responding to your questions!--Darren Wenn,
Chris McAneny and Tim Moffat