The Most Green Office Space on Campus


When I returned yesterday to my campus office where I share the office room with three other professors, I noticed that something has changed: In addition to our piles of hardware, papers and books, my colleague Thierry is now surrounded by 25+ plants and flowers 🙂

The Green Area

The Green Area

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Freescale Kinetis CAD Footprints and Symbols for Eagle/Altium/etc


One question I have received many times:

“Where can I find the Eagle footprint for Kinetis device XYZ?”

(replace Eagle with Altium or any other CAD/PCB Layout/Schematics program). So far I had to point either to Google, or to the symbols I have used in my design. Finally, Freescale has now a site where footprints can be downloaded :-):

Kinetis Footprints

Kinetis Footprints

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Tutorial: Using Kinetis Design Studio V3.0.0 with IAR and Keil IDE’s


Freescale Kinetis Design Studio V3.0.0 came out early May this year. One of the new cool features is that it includes the Processor Expert V3.0.0 with an extended New Project Wizard. With this wizard I’m able to create and use Processor Expert projects with IAR Embedded Workbench and Keil MDK :-).

Kinetis Design Studio, Keil MDK and IAR Embedded Workbench

Kinetis Design Studio, Keil MDK and IAR Embedded Workbench

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Hello World!! :)


Hello to all the amazing viewers of this fantastic blog! I am Manya Rastogi, a Master’s student at Texas A&M University pursuing Electrical Engineering. This summer, I got a wonderful opportunity to intern at Freescale, as a Technical Product Marketer for the Kinetis Microcontrollers.
Freescale gave me the great chance to attend the Freescale Technology Forum 2015, where I met Erich, a very talented engineer and blogger.  I am really grateful to him for giving me the chance to be his guest blogger.

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Say ‘Hello’ to Manya!


I have a problem, and I want to solve it. I’m documenting my journey, findings, tips and tricks in this blog. However as I’m progressing, things are getting too advanced for others who are beginners or new to the embedded world. For them, my latest tutorials might be simply too complex. For beginners my stuff is far too advanced. Yes, there is a compendium, and yes, anyone could start reading from the early days. But things like tools have changed on my journey: I moved up from CodeWarrior to Kinetis Design Studio, so my very early tutorials do not apply to the current tools any more. Should I reset and reboot myself? Update or rewrite articles (would be many!)? Luckily, I don’t have to! At the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in Austin this week, I have met a solution for my problem:

Say ‘hello’ to Manya 🙂

Say hello to Manya, my new Guest Blogger

Say hello to Manya, my new Guest Blogger

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Impressions from Freescale Technology Forum 2015


With Freescale merged into NXP, I guess this was the last FTF (Freescale Technology Forum) after a history of 10 years. Maybe it will transform into a ‘NTF’, at least I hope that such an energizing event and conference will continue in the new NXP area. I was busy with delivering my own sessions, but had time to meet and greet and see a lot of interesting stuff. After visiting the TechLab several times and after all the discussions with other embedded enthusiasts I have now many cool projects in mind :-).

So what I do here is to share some impressions with pictures and videos. It will take me weeks to absorb everything. Not to talk about the huge email backlog I have now ;-). So enjoy:

Willie Nelson at ACL (Austin City Limit)

Willie Nelson at ACL (Austin City Limit)

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The Joy of Travel – Ready to Reboot!


Preamble: I’m writing this while in the air, somewhere between Ireland and Island, and it will be posted after I’m on the ground in New York later today. Hopefully….

I’m going to present multiple sessions at the Freescale Technology Forum in Austin/TX (June 22nd to 25) which is a great thing! Naturally, for me living in Europe, this means an air travel over the Atlantic ocean. Some of my work peers and (extended) family members think that air travel must be a lot of fun. Well, maybe 20 years ago? I rather say that travel today is ‘special’, with all the needed security measures, long waiting lines and all the hassles. I have travelled many times, and many times it was ok, or I was just lucky. But business travel usually is exhausting, and definitely *not* fun. Or would you buy and eat typical airplane food in a normal restaurant? I do not.

Airline Food

Airline Food

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Workaround for “Installing Software has encountered a problem” in Eclipse


I wanted to install an update in Eclipse with Help > Install new Software or Help > Check for updates. I pointed to the update site, selected what I wanted to install, but then during installation I received an error dialog like this:

Installing Software has encountered a problem

Installing Software has encountered a problem

😦

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A Conference, Yellow Flowers and Green Bugs …


I’m spending a few days off in the Alps these days, if you are wondering :-). So I share a few wildflower pictures (click to enlarge) from the hiking tours today. Many trails were closed due the security measurements for the Bilderberg summit in the area, so we had to change our plans.  First I thought it was for the G7 summit which is over and was on another alp in Germany. But then I realized that they did that massive thing (military forces, no-fly zone, mobile radar systems, etc) for that Bilderberg conference too. At least it did not impact us much, except using alternative routes, hikes and trails.

Golden Flower

Golden Flower

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One of 80’000: Lightning Struck over Lucerne Area


In Switzerland, Meteo Schweiz normally counts 200’000 to 500’000 lightnings every year. On June 7th 2015, the system counted over 80’000!  In that evening, a heavy thunderstorm moved over most parts of Switzerland. I have not been able to take good pictures myself, but Michael Uebelhart shared that one from the Bürgenstock overlooking the Lucerne area with me:

Bürgenstock_2015-06-07

From Bürgenstock, 2015-06-07

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Eclipse Project ‘Refresh Policy’: Broken Incremental Build with External Make?


So here is a problem I have observed for a while, and several users have reported that to me: the problem is that for some reasons and only for some projects, when I do a ‘build’ in Eclipse CDT, it does a ‘full’ build. It does not only build the changed files, it builds all or many files in the project.

Building

Building

I expect that only the changed files will be rebuild. Instead, it compiles many files it should not compile/build, with the result that a build takes a very long time. That’s clearly wrong, and not what I expect. So what is causing this problem?

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