Embedded Systems Applications Across Industries

Since their inception in 1961, embedded systems have completely revolutionized the way we live, work and communicate. You may not have realized it but you’re actually surrounded by embedded systems. The printer for your computer, the Wi-Fi router providing Internet access, your MP3 player, DSLR camera, refrigerator, microwave oven, even the eq...

What is a protocol analyzer?

Protocol analyzers are indispensable tools for an embedded systems engineer. They allow engineers to gain insight into USB, I2C, SPI, CAN, etc., data that travels over the communication channel or bus. Some devices capture this information and then display it post capture, while others display the data in real-time as its transmitting. So, it’...

What is a Host Bus Adapter Card?

A Host Bus Adapter (HBA) is a circuit board or integrated circuit adapter that provides physical connectivity between a host system (computer or server) and networks and storage devices. Apart from the physical connectivity, an HBA also performs input/output (I/O) processing. With an HBA, the host computer’s microprocessor doesn’t have to pe...

How Do You Monitor and Analyze an Embedded USB Device Without Signal Degradation?

Question from the Customer:

I’m using the Beagle USB 480 Protocol Analyzer to troubleshoot an embedded device. What’s the best way to capture the signals?  The device is embedded in a system with a complicated cable setup. To avoid signal degradation, my thought is tapping off the D+/D- lines:

  1. Soldering wires to the D+/D- lines of my devic...

How Do I Use One CAN Interface to Communicate and Monitor Two Independent CAN Buses?

Question from the Customer:

I have one Komodo CAN Duo Interface. How do I use it to monitor two independent CAN buses?

Response from Technical Support:

Thanks for your question!  This is easy to do with the Komodo CAN Duo Interface.  You can use two instances of the Komodo GUI Software or the Data Center Software (or one of each) with channel ...

How compatible is the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter in SPI Mode with a Microwire device – can we program a Microwire EEPROM?

Question from the Customer:

I am working on a new product that uses a Cypress GX3 USB to Gigabit Ethernet and a Microwire EEPROM. The setup looks like this:

 Setup for Microwire EEPROM with Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter

Can the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter program this EEPROM? DI and DO on the EEPROM are connected together (like a half-duplex SPI) - is that a problem?

Response from Technical Suppo...

What Are the Most Important Features About USB Standard-A and Micro-B Cables? And Type-C too?

What Are the Most Important Features About USB Standard-A and Micro-B Cables? And Type-C too?

For the vendor, the seller, and the consumer, everyone agrees – performance and safety are the most important features of any cable. With advancing technology and market demand, increasing number of devices are shipping with USB Type-C connectors and ...

Why Engineering is Important in the Present Day

For ages, engineering has turned imagination and fantasy into something that is tangible and useful. For instance, consider the invention of the wheel as one of the oldest examples of how engineering has transformed our lives. Since the dawn of the industrial age, the importance and influence of Engineering has grown at a blazing speed.

The mode...

Can I Really Automate Jobs with My Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter and XML Batch Scripts?

Question from the Customer:

I just started using the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter and I heard that batch scripting is supported. Can you show me examples of how to do this?  I’ll be working with I2C devices.

Response from Technical Support:

Thanks for your question! The Control Center Serial Software supports XML-based batch scripts, which...

The Impact of Technology in Our Lives and The Future of Technology

Over the last 2 to 3 decades, technology has become more and more a part of our daily lives, to the point where it has taken over our lives. Take a moment, stop reading this post and look around you. What do you notice? Do you see tech, gadgets, computers, video monitoring? Notice how our lives are surrounded by gadgets and tech appliances. The ...