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Over Optimizing

One of the hot new technologies that may shape the next few years is that of RFID — Radio Frequency Identification. Cheap smart tags can…

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A Significant Bit of Advice

A Significant Bit of Advice Many thanks to Christopher Leddy for his excellent article, “Software-Friendly Hardware” in the September 2001 issue (p. 69). I hope…

Mea Culpa

After apologizing for certain misdeeds and offering a glimpse of the future, Jack asks whether an RTOS is even worth the trouble. I begin this…

Making Java Real

Embedded processors span a wide range. Many are soft real-time systems built around 32-bit processors. These are precisely the systems that should benefit from the…

Educated Guessing Games

Engineers can't know everything, but with the approximation techniques described here, we can fill in the blanks. Engineering is often a guessing game. Radar, high…