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Coming up: more and more “intelligent systems”. (A bit of market research for you.)

As we work on our product roadmap, I’ve been doing some market research, and came across some especially interesting material from IDC – International Data Corporation, which provides market research in the tech space.  Basically, what they see is that the market for traditional embedded systems will be surpassed, and pretty much taken over by, […]
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Processing Primer

In a website section called Getting Started with TI Processors, TI has a good general overview piece, Getting to Know Processor Architectures. This is at a pretty high level, but it’s solid, and helps explain the different approaches. The drill down information, not surprisingly, covers TI-specific processors, but overall the information may help you decide which […]
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Embedded Medical Devices: “A hacker’s playground?”

If you watch the series Homeland, you’ll undoubtedly remember that, last season, the vice president of the United States was assassinated when the bad guys acquired the serial number of his pacemaker and caused it to malfunction. (I guess I should have put a spoiler alert in there, but I’m guessing that, if you’re a […]
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If You’re Around: TI Tech Days

We’ll be participating in some upcoming TI Tech Days, so if you’re going to be there, please swing by and say hello. We’ve done a number of these Tech Days, and our customers have been pretty positive about them. This is what TI says about these events: See the latest cutting-edge analog and digital technologies […]
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Working with your PCB Manufacturer

One of the principal reasons that developers choose to embed a Critical Link System-on-Module in their applications is to reduce their risk. A big part of that risk is what happens when a board moves from design to manufacture. If it turns out that you have design problems, this can prove very costly, losing you […]
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Crowdfunding Electronics Products

I keep coming back to The Internet of Things, which is not surprising, given that all things seem to be getting smart (at least in a technical sense) in a hurry. One item that recently caught my eye –  the Goji Smart Lock – did so largely because its design resembles the Nest thermometer, which […]
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Update on the Altera-Based Mity

Since a lot of you have been asking, and there is great interest in this new Critical Link product, I wanted to give a brief progress report on where things stand. First off, to lay the groundwork, we’re coming up on shipping  our first Altera-based SoM – the MitySOM-5CSX, which is based on the Altera […]
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Expanding LinuxLink support

We’re happy to let you know that we now have Linux Link support for the MityDSP-L138(F), our System-on-Module (SoM) based on TI’s dual-core OMAP-L138 DSP + ARM9 processor. LinuxLink is a Linux toolset from our partner Timesys, and enables quick and easy design, development, deployment and debugging of an embedded product based on open source […]
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Partner Focus: LS Research

When we build our SoM’s, we rely on our partners for the best available components.  For WiFi, that partner is LS Research. LS Research focuses on advanced embedded wireless solutions for the industrial, medical, consumer, and defense markets, which are pretty much the markets that Critical Link serves, as well.  We embed their TiWi WiFi […]
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DRAM and DRAM Controllers

Late last year, Ron Wilson, who is the Editor-in-Chief for our partner Altera, posted a great article  – DRAM Controllers for System Designers – that provides a deep dive into DRAM controllers, and how they work.  As with every other element of electronic system design, you need to get this one right.  As Ron says, […]
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