Following a brief hiatus, EE Times blogger Adam Carlson is back with us with his creative juices flowing and raring to write.
As you may (or may not) have noticed, I have been absent from blogging and posting over the last year. My absence was caused by a family tragedy that really hit our home hard about a year ago. I will not get into the details here, other than to say that there is at least one thing that Mark Zuckerberg's family and my family have in common.
In the aftermath, with the wind knocked out of our sails, it has taken both my wife and I a little while to get back into our normal routines. Writing can be particularly challenging after an event like the one our little family went through; it takes focus, desire, time, and creativity to all line up at the same time and place. Oftentimes, I would get a piece written, but then find that the piece would get stuck in my internal editing process (I have five or six articles already written).
Why would I share this? Well, first to give a bit of the human side of those of us across the screen from you. The Internet is often a place of anonymity, or a place where people only put on the "face" they want to show the world.
The second reason I share this is to apologize to those who have helped me gather the information required to put a blog together, but and have not yet seen that column posted. Some of these groups include Lime Micro, ST Microelectronics, Mikroelektronika, and others. With the help of Max Maxfield, I intend to get these articles out in the coming months.
Lastly, as my creative juices have started flowing again, I have been working on some of my hobby projects. One of them has been my micro radio receiver for radio-controlled submarines.
(Source: Adam Carlson)
I have been able to get a breakout board designed for the RF portion (using an ON Semi/Axsem AX5043 RFIC). It is all soldered up and waiting for me to start to get some code ready for it. Alongside that breakout board, I have also soldered up a breakout board for the gyroscope/accelerometer sensor from Maxim (a MAX21100) that I will be using. I have a lot to write about this, including why I switched from using a Freescale IC to a ST Microelectronics part.
(Source: Adam Carlson)
I've also developed a small SPI test board to help me hook up SPI breakout boards and troubleshoot them in the process. Thanks to all, and I look forward to being back in action!