When Eight Is Enough

Microchip's 8-bit Challenge

by Amelia Dalton

There is a common assumption that innovation cannot be inspired in the world of 8-bit microcontrollers. If that is the case, then why haven’t they disappeared like the telegraph or the 8-track tape? Perhaps it's because we still need them and sometimes they are just what the doctor (or engineer as the case may be) ordered. In this week’s Fish Fry, I check out some cool new 8-bit MCUs from Microchip Technology with Greg Robinson (VP - Microchip Technology) and we dive down into the guts of these new 8-bit masterpieces - from the intelligent analog features to the digital pin placement capabilities. Also this week, we investigate how Israeli start-up StoreDot plans to revolutionize battery technology. (Hint: It includes chemically synthesized bio-organic peptide molecules!)  Read More


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April 18, 2014

Agilent Technologies Announces Certification of HDMI 2.0 Test Solution for HDMI 2.0 Compliance Test, With Widest Coverage of Test Items

April 17, 2014

Honeywell’s new Basic Compensated Unamplified Board Mount Pressure Sensors Provide High Durability, Sensitivity and Flexibility

Tanner EDA Announces All-New Digital Place and Route Tool in Release v16.1 of HiPer Silicon Design Suite

Altia Releases Altia Design 11.1 – New GUI Development Editor

The Embedded Software Store Expands Its Site in Support of CPU Architectures Beyond the ARM Architecture

Altium Joins AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture

17V, 2.25MHz, Synchronous Step-Down Regulator Delivers 2A & Requires Only 3.5µA of Quiescent Current

April 16, 2014

ATopTech’s Aprisa and Apogee Physical Implementation Tools Certified by TSMC for V1.0 16nm FinFET Process

Agilent Technologies Offers First User-Extensible Recorder Application for Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers

51st Design Automation Conference (DAC) to Debut Automotive Systems and Software Track

JOT’s Desktop Robot Enables Focused Plasma Treatment

IAR Systems releases new version of development tools for Renesas low-power RL78 microcontrollers

Elliptic Technologies Announces the Availability of High Performance, NIST SP 800-90 Compliant Random Number Generators

Registration Opens for Microchip’s 18th Annual Worldwide MASTERs Conference; Premiere Technical Training Event for Embedded-Control Engineers

Vivado Design Suite 2014.1 Increases Productivity with Automation of UltraFast Design Methodology and OpenCL Hardware Acceleration

April 15, 2014

ASSET's SourcePoint debug and trace tool accelerates software debug of µC/OS - II code

ProTek Devices’ Intros New Power Bus Voltage Suppressor Component

LetiDays Grenoble to Present Multiple Perspectives on Development, Challenges and Markets for the IoT

LogMeIn Teams With Texas Instruments to Help Businesses Accelerate IoT Initiatives

Agilent Technologies Announces Single-Slot Eight-Channel 8-bit PCIe Gen2 Digitizer

High Performance COM Express® Mini Module Powered by Intel® Atom™ E3800 & Celeron® N2930/J1900 Processors

New Medium Power Broadband Amplifiers Debuted by Pasternack

Frontier Silicon previews world’s most integrated digital radio chip

Intelliconnect Connector Solutions for Medical Electronics Systems and Cochlear Ear Implants

Mentor Graphics Design and Verification Tools Certified for TSMC 16nm FinFET Production

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Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

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Wireless and LED Power Combined

posted by Bryon Moyer

Daintree and LG have collaborated to integrate Zigbee into LED drivers for commercial lighting. (17-Apr)

New SEMulator 3D Announced

posted by Bryon Moyer

Coventor has released its next edition of their semiconductor process modeling tool. (16-Apr)

Free Markets and IoT Conferences

posted by Bryon Moyer

"IoT" is a buzzword, no doubt. But you could spend a lot of time in IoT conferences. How would you choose? (15-Apr)

On the Scene: Element14 Tour of Boards

posted by Amelia Dalton

Three little letters that rule the world. They are but the sun and we are but the moon. Oh IoT, where would we be without you? 2012 perhaps? In this episode of “On The Scene” we examine a wide range of IoT small-form-factor boards with Cliff Ortmeyer of Element14. Join us while we tour Element14’s booth at this year’s EELive! expo, and get chatty with Cliff. (11-Apr)

Spintronics recognition

posted by Dick Selwood

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Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 2:19 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
Now if you would like a healthy chill in your spine about client and server side security, consider the following attack that is likely to show up in the wild soon, simply because of how easy/effective it is.

Since IT folks and customers have become VM…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 11:46 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
Bruce ... I agree that authentication can be dramatically improved .... however that is less than 1% of the real problem when the base computing platform and environment is not secure.

Securing that is neither easy, or likely, so normal everyday users …

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 11:31 AM by kleinman

kleinman
John--

This has been a good & healthy bit of "argy bargy", thank you!

You've pointed out some good items and raised awareness that users need to take greater responsibility [a] for client-side security and [b] to 'vote' with their business for gre…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 11:09 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
The answer to "how would you improve internet security" ... don't use it, or any computer connected to the internet, to process or store data that you can not risk being compromised.

I have held DOD security clearances, and managed secure data centers,…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 10:51 AM by kleinman

kleinman
Kudos (again) for raising good points; I am not sure I understand your line of thought however. Yes, there are always vectors of attack (malware, for example) ... are you suggesting that because there is no such thing as perfect security that we should n…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 10:03 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
Mr Kleinman is right that PUF devices at both the client and the server will provide stronger crypto to prove identities of the client and server, using hardware passwords/certificates/challenges. This partially solves the stolen password problem, if only…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 8:48 AM by kleinman

kleinman
Agreed, any sweeping change to internet security will undergo a lengthy transition period. During the transition, though, the 'old' and 'improved' systems can coexist.

Today, for example, many financial institutions provide a physical two-factor authe…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 2:55 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
As Mr Kleinman points out, crypto card devices which authenticate both parties, **may** provide a safer solution in a properly engineered security oriented device.

That would however be a PUF device embedded into an exceptionally secure CPU's silicon w…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/15/14 at 4:42 PM by kleinman

kleinman
Your point is good one--and a good reminder--that you cannot have perfect security on the Internet. We can have dramatically BETTER security on the Internet and NOT at the expense of ease-of-use.

Improvement vector #1: use Physically Unclonable Functi…

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