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Chasing tornadoes

Chasing tornadoes This is my last post live from NIWeek 2011, my plane leaves in a few hours and the show is finished now anyway. Looking back I had a good show with many interesting and exciting! encounters, technical as well as human. Look, I even made a friend. He …

LabVIEW Arduino Android

LabVIEW, Arduino & Android During lunch today I picked up the words LabVIEW and Arduino. Now that got me interested (or excited, as they would say here) and it turned out that a technical session about hacking Arduino with LabVIEW would take place later in the afternoon. So I attended …

25 years of LabVIEW

25 years of LabVIEW The second day of NIWeek started with the second keynote presentation. Jeff Kodosky, the father of LabVIEW, opened the session during which he looked back on 25 years of LabVIEW. Jeff K was followed by the part that I like most of the NI events: the …

Geek power

Geek power After a long day of presentations, interviews and normal editorial work (if you think I am on holidays, you are mistaken. BTW, Greg, I need your article.) tonight was the night of National Instrument’s Graphical System Design Achievement Awards. This is a yearly invitation-only event for which you …

Graphical system design

Graphical system design This morning NIWeek really started with the first keynote introduced, as always, by Dr. T. himself (one of the three cofounders of NI). The keynotes are rather impressive events with an audience of several thousands. It is used to introduce the most important new products for the …

Getting ready for tomorrow

Getting ready for tomorrow OK, the first day of NIWeek, or to be more precise, of pre-NIWeek just came to an end with the Kick-off Happy Hour. Before that I attended the Exclusive Show Floor Preview. This tour took the international press – except for the Chinese/Japanese who had their …

SDR soon playing at a university near you

SDR soon playing at a university near you Two years ago I assisted at a meeting at Elektor during which Software Defined Radio (SDR), GNU radio and its hardware platform the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) were discussed. The GNU radio people were really convincing and I liked the concept, …

In Texas everything is bigger

In Texas everything is bigger After having spent the sunday to get used to the what they allready call here the hottest summer ever (over 40 degrees Celsius for more than 50 days) today I will start attending NIWeek 2011. The show opens in less than one hour, but since …

Smart phone stupid protection

Smart phone, stupid protection This morning (29/7) I took off from Schiphol (Amsterdam airport) for Austin, Texas to assist at the 17th NIWeek. During the flight I kept my phone switched off in a pocket of my pants. Now, when my phone is switched off the key lock function does …

Vanity chips

Vanity chips Have you ever heard of the company Valens Semiconductor? I hadn’t either, until last night. In 2009 Valens Semiconductor together with LG, Samsung and Sony announced their intention to launch a cross-industry alliance to promote and standardize the HDBaseT technology for whole-home distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. …

Control a robot with a watch

Control a robot with a watch Some six months ago Texas Instruments announced the Evalbot, a development platform for their Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers in the shape of a little robot. It took me a while to get hold of one, but now I have one driving happily around in …

Intelligent simple peripherals

Intelligent simple peripherals This week I once again wrote an interrupt service routine for a UART to do some serial communication. Actually I didn’t have to write a whole lot, because the receiver part had already been done by someone else, but the code for transmitting data under interrupt control …

FRAM true unified memory

FRAM – true unified memory Somewhere in the beginning of 2007 I won in a lottery held by EPN magazine an evaluation board from Ramtron sporting their most powerful 8051 clone, the VRS51L3074, which could be programmed and debugged with a small USB piggyback board. The very special thing of …

New kit on the blog

New kit on the blog At the last Embedded World show it was Cortex-M3 everywhere and I discovered that Fujitsu (now?) also sells cheapish development kits for their Cortex-M3 products. I obtained one of these kits, the SK-FM3-100PMC, to check out. The kit contains an SK-FM3-100PMC board, an AB type …