Multicore microcontroller programming

Since the 70’s, Moores Law was the driving force behind the increase of computing power. As we know, we start to reach the physical limitations of downscaling, which made higher frequencies possible but also lead to higher leakage currents and therefore power consumption and heat. As squeezing a lot more GHz out of the circuits...

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Functional Safety on Multicore Microcontrollers for Industrial Applications

Besides the gain in performance, a strong motivation for the introduction of multicore microcontrollers is the realization of safety architectures. Together with an industrial partner it was investigated if safety critical applications, which require a PL d according to ISO 13849, running until now on redundant discrete microcontrollers can be replaced with an architecture running...

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An introduction to CANopen

I had to interface motor-controllers with CAN, CANopen to be specific. The Name CANopen suggests that this is some kind of open standard with tons of free Stacks and documentation, right? No, not at all. I had a hard time implementing a own CANopen-Stack on a PSoC 5LP. I want to change these circumstances by...

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🇩🇪 Es ist geschafft - wer hätte das gedacht?

Rede zur Verabschiedung der Absolventen der Elektrotechnik an der Hochschule Darmstadt - 2015 und ein Zwischenfazit meinerseits. Denken Sie an den Beginn Ihres Studiums.   Wie fühlten Sie sich? Erwartungsvoll? Ängstlich? Aufgeregt? Unsicher? Wie reagierten die Menschen in Ihrem Umfeld auf Ihren Entschluss zu studieren? Ich hatte Angst. Ich wusste nicht was auf mich zukommen würde...

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Exoskeleton simulator project finished

The last month my girlfriend and I had been working on a system to capture leg movement and animate a skeleton together with a exoskeleton. The motivation was to improve the "mobility in the city". We found that people using a wheelchair often fell "unequal" as they are simply not on the same height as "normal"...

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The hackaday prize 2015

Do you want to improve the world we are living in and you are having a groundbreaking idea how to make that happen? Then you should go for the hackaday prize 2015, which is starting today! What is the Hackaday Price? Well nothing but a competition with the richest and most compelling prize pool ever available to...

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Getting started with 3D in WPF

Though WPF is not meant for complex 3D implementations, the Viewport3D is a quite powerful feature. You can implement small 3D Animations to improve your design, the usability and so on. However, the usage of this Viewport3D is not easy going. Usually (at least I do) you have created an 3D Object in a 3D Modeling...

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