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Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now

2/9/2015 11:00 AM EST
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vikas.shrivastava
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Good at hardware as well as Software
vikas.shrivastava   3/18/2016 7:26:23 AM
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IMHO and experience i see the people who can handles both hardware and software (as the article mention as required skill) indtroduce most serious design problems which are difficult to fix at later stage.

I've enough hardware skills but software is my strong side. I've fixed/redesigned many products (which were about to scrap) software for which was written by people who are good at HW and SW. Being good at everything might work for small utility product but not for bigger products.

I admit, an embedded engineer must know hardware even though he claims to be good at software but i can say it makes really difference to be specialized at some skill. (ofcourse some genius are exception who are good at both )

Blog Voyage
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Re: variety of experience
Blog Voyage   10/3/2015 9:11:16 AM
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Was asking myself the same question

OleAlexander
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Security is a must
OleAlexander   9/7/2015 2:59:20 AM
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The moment your device is networked, you need an understanding of network and computer security.

Do not expect the user (consumer or professional) to understand the risks of connecting your device to a network - or indeed to another device that may be networked.

This has to be thought of from the design stage, and if necessary you need to say "no" to features that would make the device unsecure. Bluetooth-enabled car stereos on a bus that eventually is on the same bus as the car brakes is just one example.

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Re: Variety of experience...serially
GordonScott   8/3/2015 12:54:34 PM
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Hm,  years ago I remember an advertisement for Java programmers that sread "minimum of five years experience with the Java programming language".

I often wodered whether they found anyone, as at that time, Java was only three years old. :-)

Don't foget that embedded engineers  often also have to build the test tools and the SDK and the user applications, too.

 

Hey, where can I get my purple squirrel plus Python badge?

 

Are there extras for DSP, Rugy, Tcl, JavaScript, Visual Basic, Perl, Lua, bash, M4 and the rest?

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Re: Engineers that sit on the toilet for 30 minutes with an IPhone
zeeglen   6/29/2015 11:49:53 AM
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Hey, that's where some of the most creative ideas are conceived - there and in the shower!  No iPhone needed.

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Engineers that sit on the toilet for 30 minutes with an IPhone
Loser99   6/25/2015 11:12:34 AM
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Thats a skill that the engineers I work with have around here.

Some of them have even been known to fall asleep on the bowl.

So who cares about technical skills when you can't even get off the toilet.

A lot of stereotypes about engineers have basis in fact.

Loser99
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Heres a skill most engineers don't have DOCUMENTATION/COMMUNICATION
Loser99   6/25/2015 11:11:08 AM
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Who cares about technical knowledge when you can't even document a function or misspell it throughout your code or violate basic principles of schematic design such as left to right signal flow etc.

 

 

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inductor-using analog
traneus   6/4/2015 12:19:50 PM
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By inductor-using analog, I mean analog circuitry that uses inductors.

Most modern analog circuits I encounter, use resistors, capacitors, opamps, and discrete transistors. Inductors are avoided, since inductors are large, heavy, expensive, of finite Q, often nonlinear, and tend to pick up signals. Instead, combinations of resistors, opamps, and capacitors are used to simulate inductors, for example in gyrators and in active filters.

Examples of inductor-using analog are switching power converters and radios. Both of these are often recognized as separate from analog.

My specific example of inductor-using analog, is using a current transformer to permit precise measurement of the ratios of large and small currents.

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Re: variety of experience
dt_hayden   6/4/2015 9:57:06 AM
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I'm curious what you mean by "inductor-using analog"?

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Re: Embedded Meets World
jnissen   6/3/2015 7:14:05 PM
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TerryB, your expectations were in line with what I was expecting to read. Ahh well the topic is sort of like a herd of cats. Good concept but impossible to organize well! They forgot the most important skill of all.

 

11. Always work on a project that makes money. The other 10 skills can be hit or miss if number 11 is working!

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