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Equal Opportunity

The average ESP reader has more than a decade of embedded systems development under his or her belt. That's why our articles and columns so…

Handbooks

Jack journeys back to the roots of his geekhood, and shows us how useful handbooks can be, as reminders of our past and tools in…

Look Ma, No Hands!

Not all systems have position or velocity sensors. In those cases, consider using a stepper motor to effect sensorless control. In my most recent columns…

Embedded Head Count

Does anyone know how many embedded engineers there are in theU.S.? That was the question posed in the comp.arch.embedded newsgrouplast August. My first thought was…

Tracking Demodulation

High resolution encoders are expensive, but alternatives exist. You can develop a high-resolution system using a sinusoidal encoder or resolver. Last month, we covered some…

Schedule Madness

Some day the boss will die, be promoted, or quit. Between now and then, you'll need to find a better way to do scheduling. An…

References and const

Just as you can use the const qualifier in pointer declarations, you can also use it in reference declarations-with one notable exception. Last month, I…

Proactive Debugging

Anticipating bugs properly is half the battle. If you use all of the tools at your disposal, you might even win the war. Academics who…