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Brandon is responsible for guiding content strategy, editorial direction, and community engagement across the Embedded Computing Design ecosystem. A 10-year veteran of the electronics media industry, he enjoys covering topics ranging from development kits to cybersecurity and tech business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Dev Kit Weekly: DFI PCSF51 1.8” Pi Single Board Computer - Video

June 26, 2023

This week on Dev Kit Weekly, we’re going to be reviewing and raffling the AMD Ryzen Embedded 2000 Series-based PCSF51 1.8” Pi SBC from DFI.


Surviving the Semiconductor Shortage on SoMs - Story

June 23, 2023

“We had a customer that was looking to get COMs for their products,” says Dan Millar, CMO of MistyWest, a design and engineering firm headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. “If I remember right, the order was delayed three times then ultimately just outright canceled. 


SNUG 2023: Can AI Transform EDA’s Engineering Shortage into a Surplus? - Blog

March 29, 2023

The engineering shortage has been a topic of conversation for years, and while the industry talks the average age of electronics engineers keeps increasing. The high-tech sector once again finds itself at a crossroads of doing more with less or innovating – albeit this time with the goal of attracting fresh new talent to its ranks.

Open Source

Free COM Express! - Story

February 18, 2023

The first publication I ever worked on was CompactPCI & AdvancedTCA Systems, which covered embedded hardware specifications produced by the electronics industry consortium PICMG. While the magazine no longer exists, PICMG is still alive and growing.

Software & OS

Industrial Metaverse Blueprints, Part 3: System Interoperability Requirements - Story

December 06, 2022

The third article in our metaverse series focuses on conceptual and metadata models that enable interoperability among connected digital twins in an industrial metaverse.

The concept of digital twins, taken to its ultimate potential, can create digital representations of nearly everything. Yet, much of the value of digital twins depends on the ability of distributed, heterogeneous systems to interoperate.

Software & OS

Industrial Metaverse Blueprints, Part 2: The Metaverse Runs on Digital Twins - Story

October 27, 2022

The second article in our metaverse series focuses on defining the industrial metaverse, its building blocks, parallels with model-based systems engineering (MBSE), and examples of how modeling and simulation are being used to empower digital twin ecosystems.

Software & OS

Embedded Toolbox: Don't Use Jenkins for Embedded DevOps with Dojo Five - Video

October 25, 2022

The development world is changing, and fast. So fast that multi-disciplinary engineering teams can no longer rely on waterfall development models and hope to keep up with the constant updates and revisions required by modern electronic systems and software.


Embedded Toolbox with Opal Kelly: Program A Machine Vision FPGA Platform Completely with APIs - Video

October 22, 2022

Today’s vision systems are becoming so complex they're often leveraged in simultaneous object detection, robotic control, and other functions on the same piece of equipment. This means machine vision controllers must integrate high-bandwidth memory, high-performance processing, and the flexibility to support the constant march of AI model trainings and optimizations over time.


Industrial Metaverse Blueprints, Part 1: Definitions & Requirements for the Most Impactful Economic Outcomes, Part 1 - Story

October 01, 2022

Gartner[1] defines the Metaverse as “a collective virtual open space created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical and digital reality. It’s physically persistent and provides enhanced immersive experiences.” IDC[2] defines the metaverse as an evolution of today’s internet that leverages mobile devices, augmented and virtual reality headsets and next-generation networks to create persistent and continuous user experiences with a strong sense of presence.

Neither are inaccurate. However, neither accurately portrays the depth, scale, and potential of the metaverse beyond its current, nascent form or its value beyond basic human entertainment as a solution to some of the world’s most pressing, complex problems.

Indeed, the metaverse represents a massive paradigm shift that promises to redefine how we approach solving problems through technology. The earliest and biggest opportunities to apply its concepts lie in industry, where leading organizations are already leveraging the building blocks of the metaverse – whether they know it or not – in the deployment of digital twins that will one day form systems of systems that comprise entire virtual worlds.

This is the first article in a series covering the industrial metaverse and digital twin technologies, applications, current industry activities, and the potential for standards. We encourage you to follow this series, comment, and ask questions. Participation and collaboration are critical as we embark on what may be the most significant inflection point in the history of technology.


How to Scale IoT Past Distributed Data Silos with the Zenoh Protocol - Story

September 28, 2022

To reduce latency, network utilization, and cost, many IoT deployments now store and analyze data at or near the edge node. But “distributed” can be a bad thing when it comes to data, particularly if it means information gets trapped in silos across a network.

So what happens when you inevitably need it?


ESP32 Now Supports Open Source Embedded Microservices Architecture - News

September 22, 2022

Espressif Systems’ ESP32 MCU is now supported by the open-source Luos containerization platform, which enables lightweight microservices to run on embedded systems. Luos’ leverages a simple API to dynamically link one or more microservices on the same hardware target, multiple hardware targets, a host PC, or the cloud, which modularizes and simplifies IoT management and updates.

Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: AAEON de next-TGU8 Single Board Computer - Video

September 02, 2022

Industry wants AI. Industry also has to deal with harsh environments and limited resources, which keep ruggedness and power-efficiency at the top of the design criteria whether a platform is artificially intelligent or not. And at that intersection lies AAEON’s* de next-TGU8 SBC.


ETSI’s Problem with Encrypted Network Traffic - Story

August 26, 2022

Everyone knows encryption is a cornerstone of network security, but at this point very few understand what a problem it is.

According to ETSI, we’re all about to find out.

Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: SmartCow Apollo Audio/Visual AI Engineering Kit - Video

August 19, 2022

Have you ever taken apart your Amazon Echo? There’s a lot in there, including an embedded applications processor, MEMS microphones, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, an AWS cloud backend, and a ton of sophisticated automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language processing (NLP) software. When you’re ready to put it back together, or better yet want to build your own, you’ll probably be interested in the* SmartCow Apollo Audio/Visual AI Engineering Kit.

Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: Insight SiP ISP2053-AX Evaluation Board - Video

August 05, 2022

Bluetooth has permeated the audio market, from speakers to earbuds to hearing aids. As consumers, we now have some pretty clear expectations of Bluetooth-enabled audio products, like high-fidelity, decent range, and lengthy battery life.

Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: STMicro's STM32U5 NUCLEO-144 Evaluation Board - Video

July 29, 2022

Here’s what you’ll need if you want to build an industrial IoT sensor node:

  • The intelligence to convert, filter, and in some cases analyze, analog signals at the edge
  • Enough efficiency to run for long periods on minimal resources
  • Some amount of connectivity
  • And because of that, local security

Oh yeah, you’ll probably want to start thinking about compliance with safety standards like IEC 61508, too.


Make Any Sensor a Smart Sensor with PICMG IoT.1, Part 5: Integrating Effecters  - Story

June 22, 2022

The previous four parts of Make Any Sensor a Smart Sensor with PICMG IoT.1 discussed the importance of industrial sensors to intelligent automation environments and a path forward that empowers anyone, regardless of technical ability, to build smart sensors of their own. Over the next several installments, the series pivots to the beneficiaries of smart sensor data – smart effecters that translate data intelligence into real-world action. 


Open Source

Dev Kit Weekly: NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin Developer Kit - Video

June 16, 2022

It’s the kit you’ve all been waiting for! Welcome to Dev Kit Weekly, where this week we’ll be reviewing and raffling the Jetson AGX Orin Developer Kit from NVIDIA.

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