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5 stimulating stories you might have missed in 2015

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The biggest stories of 2015 have been mostly about mergers and acquisitions in the consolidating semiconductor industry. Companies are looking for ways to maximise profits, while others are preparing for the growing Internet of Things.

Then there are the inevitable product release of Apple products and the restructuring by Google, which grabbed our readers' attention for a week or two. Stories about patent infringement and China's growing hunger to become one of the world's biggest manufacturers of electronics products have also taken the spotlight this year.

However, there are stories equally important that did not get as much attention from our readers as those mentioned above. If you have been busy with other big news, you have no reasons to worry. EE Times Asia has compiled five of the most interesting stories this year that you might have missed.

1. DiY IoT: Working with CC3200 microcontroller

Welcome to this series! My name is Andrey Katsman, and I invite you to enjoy this first in a series of articles exploring several Internet of Things-oriented microcontrollers and project ideas, my reviews and opinions about emerging technologies, and all things embedded. In my daily life, I work for Canary, one of the coolest companies out there. Canary develops smart home security solutions, and as the head of our excellent embedded team, my engineers and I work together to bring hardware to life.

In this first article, we will explore the possibilities stored within the Texas Instruments CC3200 microcontroller and use it in the form of a LaunchPad board. We will discuss different aspects of this board and work through some detailed experiments.

I have picked this board to start with because I find its capabilities and ease of use quite fascinating. Among other things, it is not very expensive for hobby use, it is effortlessly battery powered (which takes away a lot of pain that normally goes into properly connecting boards), and it is Wi-Fi enabled.

Today, we will begin with an introduction to the board, its technical specifications, and a glimpse of development environments. In the following posts, we will get familiar with the development environment, learn how to program the board, and begin looking at different small projects. We will keep first ones fairly simple and will explore the use of on-board sensors; later, we'll transition to more complex applications with deeper possibilities.

So, without further ado, let's meet the LaunchPad (figure 1).

TI C32000

Figure 1: This is the TI CC3200 in the form factor of a development board: "SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 LaunchPad."

The board is roughly the size of the palm of my hand, making it very convenient to place in a project box or, if you were to use it in something like a smart aquarium project, even glue directly to the back side of a container. It comes with:

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