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FitBit teardown at ESC: Exploring the confluence of MCUs, wireless and MEMS

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Jagdish Bisawa
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re: FitBit teardown at ESC: Exploring the confluence of MCUs, wireless and MEMS
Jagdish Bisawa   10/15/2010 6:04:15 AM
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Hello Patrick, Thanks for the link. That was a nice & concise piece of information. I was curious about how others reacted to the event - just wanted to have generic feedback about the direction in which the attendees were thinking about this product. The linked article says quite some things & I like it a lot.

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re: FitBit teardown at ESC: Exploring the confluence of MCUs, wireless and MEMS
patrick.mannion   10/11/2010 3:45:25 AM
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Hi Jagdish, I thought you'd never ask! I posted a follow-up article that included some of what I'd gathered beforehand, as well as bits and pieces from the event itself that answers many of the questions that arose. That story is posted here: http://www.eetimes.com/design/smart-energy-design/4208733/FitBit--A-study-in-design-choices-and-consequences Is there a specific area of interest to you?

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re: FitBit teardown at ESC: Exploring the confluence of MCUs, wireless and MEMS
Jagdish Bisawa   10/11/2010 2:49:06 AM
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Hi Patrick, I missed this event, so could not post any questions. Can you put some of the questions/issues that came during this event at the ESC ? It would be interesting to know what others feel about this technology/application.

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re: FitBit teardown at ESC: Exploring the confluence of MCUs, wireless and MEMS
patrick.mannion   9/20/2010 12:13:14 AM
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The designers of the FitBit encountered many issues, mostly related to their choice to go wireless, versus tethered. They also made some pretty interesting MEMS and MCU choices. I'll get into those challenges and how they were overcome on Tuesday, but for the panel afterward, which has experts from all three areas, I'm interested in hearing what questions you may have that may help you in your next design. Let me know here and I'll gladly ask the panel and report back to you.

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