Free tools are often the only way a project gets done -- You work a Government program at a contractor -- 10Million is approved for the project, then 7.5Million will go to the politicians who sponsored it's campaigns, for scholarships at 50K/yr for their children, nephews, nieces, and other relatives for 8 years at a small expensive private college, for staffers, etc. This will leave 2.5Million to design and produce 10 million worth of product. Invariable the manager is a Mechanical engineer, so the ME's get the very best CAD packages and analysis tools for ME, leaving the EE's and Techs to see what they can scrounge for free. Have had to use Free and Open Source Tools for Math analysis like Sage, statistics, like R, MatLAB -- like Octave, Board Layout like FreePCB, Free FPGA vendor tools, Free Spice Simulators like TINA or LTSPICE, Free Compilers like GNU/GDB, --- The same is true at large corporations and start-ups
Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.