How Can I Send Data Packets Greater than 8 Bits to an SPI Device without Clock Stoppage or other Midstream Delays?

Large SPI bit stream


Question from the Customer:

I have been using the Cheetah SPI Host Adapter for years, and it has always worked for me. But today, I have a setup that is giving me some problems. I’m testing a new SPI device and I need to send more than 8 bits per packet. If there is any delay within that stream, such as clock stoppage every 8 ...

The New USB4 Spec: Faster Speeds, Optimized Video Transfer, and Thunderbolt 3 Compatibility

USB4 Connector Original photo: Tony Webster

There has been a lot of buzz with USB lately – with all the new specifications being released and even the rebranding of the latest USB 3.x specifications, it seems there are new USB updates coming out left and right. Now, USB-IF has introduced an even newer specification to add to the mix: USB4.

What are USB...

How Do I Use the Combined I2C Format for 7-Bit Addresses?

Question from the Customer:

I am working with the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter, and I need to apply the I2C Combined Format. Looking at the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter User Manual, I see Aardvark API Software is available for doing that, but for ease of use, I would prefer a GUI application.

Also, I don’t need 10-bit addresses for...

7 Reasons The Internet of Things (IoT) Benefits Healthcare

Digital transformation has changed the way the healthcare industry operates. The shift to the use of electronic health records (EHR) over the last decade-plus and the 2014 push for “meaningful use” of EMRs (electronic medical records) in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act brought about the first major wave of changes. Now,...

Total Phase Exhibits at the New Embedded Tech Expo in San Jose: SPI, I2C, and USB at Their Finest

This past week, Total Phase exhibited at the brand new Embedded Tech Expo at the San Jose Convention Center. This show was also coupled with the Sensors ’19 Expo, so there was a cross pollination of like-minded test engineering and development professionals. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees walked the floor and were also t...

Behind the Scenes of Video Game Consoles: Embedded Systems

Video Console

Original Photo by Stas Knop

Video gaming has come a long way from its humble beginnings. From what was a rudimentary system with simple graphics and joystick controllers quickly became much more evolved, and now, the video games we know of today are extraordinarily advanced.

Embedded Components of a Video Game Console

Video game consol...