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junko.yoshida
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Re: money for nothing and the chips for free?
junko.yoshida   4/23/2014 11:05:52 AM
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@AZskibum, I am glad you are making a clear distinction here. That's very helpful. So the friends help friends free" model might be happening in an open-source community, but so-called "community" organized by a chip vendor is more or less a marketing front. You need real professionals to help friends...eh...customers. 

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Re: Makers and chip guys
junko.yoshida   4/23/2014 11:22:36 AM
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@alex_m1, wow, this sous-vide cooking machine is actually very cool. I love cooking but I did not know such a machine existed! 

So...this is what electric imp could do for you. Amazing.

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Re: money for nothing and the chips for free?
TonyTib   4/23/2014 12:10:57 PM
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I do think in general that chip maker dev boards do not develop a real community; after all, the biggest ecosystems aren't (Arduino, Beagle, etc).

However, sometimes it does happen, with the MSP430 LaunchPad being the best example (I'm sure TI's inintial <$5 pricing helped). 

mbed is an intesting case; from a quick glance at Wikipedia, it looks like was started by two engineers on their own time, but it currently has a lot of chip maker support with dedicated developers to do the core development.

BTW, Squirrel was developed by Alberto Demichelis; it is also used by a number of games.

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Adding value to processors
jkridner   5/5/2014 7:52:53 PM
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@junko.yoshida,

Nice discussion. You hosted a panel discussion at CES back in 2008 where I tried to voice this coming trend. The bottom line for chip makers is that it isn't enough to have the cheapest, fastest and lowest-power part---there also has to be an ecosystem that helps enable the shortest time to market and lowest risk. Attracting a community doesn't just mean that hobbyists are going to contribute software, but also that people build confidence in the platform and third parties have an audience to demonstrate their solutions on that platform. 

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