Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
wassya
User Rank
Rookie
re: Automotive environment challenges MCU system design engineers
wassya   1/3/2010 12:31:44 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks to Mr. David Swanson for a very good article, I am very impressed about it. I want to comment this fragment (sure if only nobody will be angry): "Many times, there is the software/hardware trade-off situation. Typically, the software guy wins. If something can be done in software versus doing it in hardware, trust me, it gets done in software. After all, as long as there is space and bandwidth, additional software is "free."" In my opinion it can not be "software versus hardware trade-off situation" and SW's can win , because software was "build" on a hardware to do jobs that will be cost effective(space, components...) than HW modules. And a "trade-off situation" can appear only if SW's cost higher than HW's cost, and HW wins. I am hardware and software engineer, for those that will say that I am for HW side. Thanks for attention.

StuRat
User Rank
Rookie
re: Automotive environment challenges MCU system design engineers
StuRat   7/13/2009 6:11:20 PM
NO RATINGS
I detect a note of sarcasm in the "software is free" comment. I have been on the receiving end of that comment often enough that I have had to develop some standard responses, such as "If software is free, why is it so hard to change it during product validation?" or, "Software is free as long as your requirements stay unchanged." In the early days of automotive embedded design, most customers preferred (or at least pretended) to remain blissfully ignorant of the constraints of embedded design, since many came from the sheet metal world. Those days are changing with the new generation of engineers. Two axioms remain from those early days. 1. Software ain't really free. 2. There is no such thing as a "simple software fix".

sfpietri
User Rank
Rookie
re: Automotive environment challenges MCU system design engineers
sfpietri   9/16/2008 8:33:37 PM
NO RATINGS
This device is part of the Freescale - ST joint development. Probably someone forgot to mention it in the publication.



EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

What's the Best Traveling Toolkit?
Max Maxfield
13 comments
A few years ago at a family Christmas party, I won a pocket knife as part of a "Dirty Santa" game. This little scamp was a Buck 730 X-Tract. In addition to an incredibly strong and sharp ...

Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer

Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
10 comments
A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
41 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
159 comments
Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

Top Comments of the Week
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)