The IoT Zombie Problem

Mike Deeds Mmm… Brains. There are a lot of residential Internet-of-Things devices available that can connect to my home Wi-Fi network and provide some functionality: Thermostats, security cameras, light switches, connected speakers, and so forth. Some devices…

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The Value of New Technologies

Mike Deeds When I was a freshman in college, we had an engineering seminar where the Dean told us that we should expect to re-educate ourselves many times throughout our career. This has certainly been true in my career. In the Web and Mobile development world…

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4 approaches to building digital video processing systems

Mike Deeds Mike Perkins and I wrote an article for Electronic Component News about the various approaches—hardware and software—to building a video encoder or decoder. Raw IC processing power has multiple manifestations including General Purpose CPUs (GP-CP…

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Chinese Manufacturing Strategy: How much is your IP worth to you?

Mike Deeds I’ve had several discussions with potential clients that go something like this: “We currently manufacture our product in China and we’d like more control over the hardware design and software source code.” When these firms try to get the des…

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TI's video SoC dilemma

Mike Deeds We’ve had the pleasure to work with Texas Instruments’ high-end video processor families (DM8168 and DM8148) over the past few years on a number of different projects. These are highly integrated Systems-on-Chip (SoC) that contain many independen…

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Minimizing Development Costs on Low-to-Mid Volume Products

Mike Deeds My last post suggested ways to reduce parts costs in a low-to-mid volume product. This post explores ways to keep development costs low while still creating a cost-effective product. You can’t escape the fact that it takes money to create a low cos…

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Designing Low-to-Mid Volume Embedded Products Cost-Effectively

Mike Deeds I take it as a given that when a client approaches us with a new embedded product idea, they will require a very demanding set of features and a minimal price tag. The “minimal price tag” part always applies to the development effort required. Fo…

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