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 🙂
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 :-):
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 :-).
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 🙂
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:
While going to the US for FTF, my friend Andreas decided that he does not want to continue his life anymore. And committed suicide. In cases like this, it is hard to find words. All my thoughts and prayers are with his family. There is not much I can do over here, but I can light up a candle in the city of Austin:
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.
Thanks for all the feedback and suggestions so far on the tinyK20 project! I’m proud to present the next iteration of the universal microcontroller & debugger board based on the Freescale Kinetis K20 USB microcontroller: