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Comment Re: marketting (Score 3, Interesting) 92

Basically my perspective on this- Arduino LLC is delivering real value by developing the open-source IDE along with an API and the capability to provide 3rd party hardware support easily in their IDE. (Recent example: http://hackaday.com/2015/03/28/arduino-ide-support-for-the-esp8266/ )

Folks might not like the IDE, but the API provides a nice platform for obtaining working code for interfacing with lots of hardware. Arduino LLC's work is partly defining and expanding that API & framework.

Arduino SRL makes crappy hardware. Their market is now quite commoditized. I will be donating to Arduino LLC soon to make my point.

Submission + - Embedded Processors: MSP430 Evolving to 32 bits? (twitter.com)

Smerta writes: The MSP430 microcontroller has been one of the most popular choices for low-power designs, although competitiors such as ARM and PIC haven't stood still. Apparently (probably coinciding with Embedded World in Germany last week), TI has indicated a big announcement is coming soon ("Spring 2015") in a message from its corporate Twitter account. After doing some digging, I found that in October 2014, TI filed a trademark application for "MSP432".

Are we about to see a full-blown low power 32-bit MSP430-family processor from TI? If so, what will it be — a new architecture, an ARM Cortex M variant, or something else?

Comment Re:Unfortunately for Arduino (Score 4, Informative) 130

They certainly tried, and I personally looked at the MSP430 launchpad as a fun distraction last spring ... and ended up ditching Arduino altogether, seeing as most of my projects didn't need the space. What TI was missing was Arduino's IDE, as hideous as it sounds, but they have it now--in the form of Energia (http://www.energia.nu). Still not as established as Arduino though.

Another big hit was the chips they released initially--the 1st gen "value line" chips were hideously underpowered, like 2KB flash/128 bytes of SRAM, more ATTiny-like in size. The current "v1.5" LaunchPad you buy comes with 3rd-gen value line parts, up to 16KB flash, still not quite arduino but doing a lot better (and with hardware UART).

I hope the Stellaris LaunchPad catches on quicker, it looks like OpenOCD is starting to work with it so I have high hopes a UNIX-based environment can be easily deployed for Stellaris development soon. What I am personally more impressed with is the LaunchPad's BoosterPack form factor ( http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/BYOB )--they have thought of a simple and straightforward way to expand the capabilities, while retaining (in theory) some backwards compatibility with boosterpacks made for the MSP430 for example. Much nicer than Arduino's "shield" layout IMO.

Comment Re:HDMI? (Score 2) 208

As mentioned, yes, but additionally these things have "WebTop" which is some ARM-compiled distro of Ubuntu with firefox and maybe a few others running on that HDMI port. Looking at a ps listing on one of these you'll see "/usr/bin/Xorg" running.

Comment Re:This is not the logic you are looking for (Score 1) 1017

Oops, looks like I am mistaken--I read a different (longer?) version of this same article. Odd that the copy posted was shorter.

Here's the version I read, with 9 pages: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?_r=1&ref=magazine
And the reference to the term "cancer fertilizer" is gone, even odder... guess it's been edited since then.

Comment Re:This is not the logic you are looking for (Score 1) 1017

If I'm not mistaken, everybody in this /. article's been arguing the merit of Sugar with its insulin-based evils as something that can be considered "toxic" but apparently haven't read to the end of the article.

The big point Gary makes towards the end is the association between sugar, insulin resistance and CANCER. "Cancer fertilizer" is the term he uses there. Makes sense to me, but I'm a layman and not a medical research scientist...

Comment Re:Grounded? (Score 1) 358

Plastic wouldn't have the infrared heat reflectivity / low emissivity of foil, that's why they use foil. Good question about grounding it though--none of the insulation products really have that in mind (that I know of anyhow), and I'd imagine connecting it in any way to the electrical system (even the ground) would have to be studied for implications for fire safety/etc.

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