CEC – Best Practices for Designing Real-Time Embedded Systems

Development teams today are faced with the need to develop systems within smaller budgets, shorter timeframes and with more features. In order to succeed in this challenging environment, teams need to leverage best practices, which are procedures shown my experience to produce optimal results. In this course, we will explore modern day best practices that … Continue reading CEC – Best Practices for Designing Real-Time Embedded Systems

3 Tips for Speeding Up Interrupt Handlers

Embedded software developers today are a bit spoiled. Many microcontrollers come with an ecosystem that includes peripheral drivers, an RTOS, middleware and even example application code. Many developers can spend most of their time in high-level application code, ignoring the software that meets the hardware. The problem is that while this prebuilt ecosystem can accelerate … Continue reading 3 Tips for Speeding Up Interrupt Handlers

There is No Hardware

My favorite line from the Matrix is that “there is no spoon”, and today that is a wise statement for embedded software developers to take to heart. Embedded software developers traditionally are hardware centric, believing that they can’t move forward without the hardware (sometimes this is true). Much like Neo, developers need to accept that … Continue reading There is No Hardware

3 Tips for Writing External Device Drivers

A major advantage to using a microcontroller today is that embedded software developers typically don’t have to write their own drivers anymore. It’s very common for the microcontroller vendor to provide software frameworks that abstract the hardware and allow developers to make simple function calls to initialize, read and write to peripherals such as SPI, … Continue reading 3 Tips for Writing External Device Drivers

3 Common Challenges Facing RTOS Application Developers

Real-time operating systems (RTOS) are now included in many embedded applications. They can dramatically simplify time and task management in a system and help improve scalability and maintainability (if the application is designed correctly). I’ve found though that there are several common challenges that face RTOS application developers. Let’s examine these challenges and discuss a … Continue reading 3 Common Challenges Facing RTOS Application Developers