Microchip Technology has just inaugurated a new online service for microcontroller designers, a semiconductor Wiki called ICwiki.
The Wiki-based site enables engineers, students, and professors working with microelectronics to collaborate and share information related to semiconductor products, applications, and best practices.
Using Wiki technology, participants can change content on the site and participate in Web logging (or “blogging”), voting, and messaging. ICWiki is available in several different languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Russian.
Participants can work together in either public or private blogs via the site's Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS) feature. Subject areas include vertical markets such as automotive, home appliances and robotics; function topics such as algorithms, oscillators, PCB layout best practices and signal conditioning; or product topics such as microcontrollers, Digital Signal Controllers(DSCs), analog and memory products.
ICwiki's GDSS feature enables an author to start a new blog and invite selected members to join the group, while restricting access to others. In addition to blogging, ICwiki allows voting or “polling,” where users can post a question andthen view the responses online.
Its “messaging” feature allows users to communicate with each other, without disclosing e-mail addresses.