Embedded Systems


Cold house? Electronics to the rescue!

By Malcolm Fuller, contributing writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. – You wake up in your chilly San Francisco apartment (or any chilly place for that matter), and your first instinct is not to crank up the thermostat several notches (too expensive!). Instead you go to your closet, rifle through an array of sport coats and collared shirts. You pull out your

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Belly Up To The Bar (Code)

By Malcolm Fuller, Contributing Writer SURREY, B.C.—Most revolutionary inventions come from years of grueling research and hours in a lab, but not the bar code. N. Joseph Woodland was sitting on a beach drawing lines in the sand with his finger. Woodland left a historic legacy in his wake, when he passed away on Dec. 8, 2012 at the age of 91.

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The Telematics of Scooters

By Malcolm Fuller, contributing writer Remember the speculation about what kinds of technology the new millennium would have to offer? Now we haven’t seen a flying car yet, but Saturna Green Systems in Vancouver, B.C., has developed a product that brings wireless communication and networking to two- and three-wheel electric scooter and motorcycle manufacturers. And from an electronics-design standpoint, they’re

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Military-industrial complexities

(Odometer: 25, 975 miles) SALT LAKE CITY–The life of a military contractor isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be, especially in a world of budgetary constraints and fiscal cliffs. But Parvus, based here, which emerged from the imagination of a University of Utah student decades ago, is navigating nicely. Indeed, in 2011, just before we pulled to a stop


Celebrating engineers (and maybe changing the world)

SAN JOSE, Calif.–When Michael Worry brought his new-born daughter home, the first place he took her, even before he entered the house was his workshop. He put her hand on a drill and said the word “drill” to her. “Society gets what it celebrates,” says the CEO of Nuvation, based here. “If we’re just as excited and passionate about building things


Follow your passion in engineering

BURNABY, B.C.–At some point in his life, Marc Alfonso heard the saying “follow your passion.” He didn’t consider it a suggestion; more like a commandment. An engineer at heart since he was young, Alfonso has been long fascinated with Hollywood and the making of movies. A relatively newly-minted engineer, Alfonso has started his own company with that in mind, PLC


The (embedded) art of winemaking

WOODSIDE, Calif.–By his own, precise, calculations, Cypress Semiconductor’s CEO spent $1.003 million to build electronically-optimized fermentation equipment and donate the fermenters to U.C. Davis’s world-class viticulture and oenology program. T.J. Rodgers is, at heart, a gadget freak and because he also has sunk millions of dollars into his own personal winemaking operation, he likes to marry his gadget obsession with winemaking.


The embedded hardware verification challenge

LONGMONT, Colo.–Kozio is an embedded software company that may have the coolest offices in the business. Located in a planned community not far from Interstate 25 north of Denver, Kozio engineers enjoy a spacious office on the second floor, near a wine bar, cafe and other commercial establishments, some of them right beneath their feet. Some employees walk just a


How embedded electronics elevates winemaking

WOODSIDE, Calif.–There are countless technology executives who attach themselves at the hip to the wine industry, either as connoisseurs, investors or outright owners of wineries or vineyards. Then there’s T.J. Rodgers. The Cypress Semiconductor CEO has invested millions of  his own dollars, blown holes in hillsides and stuffed rootstock into steep-sloping hills and imported special German mechanical harvesters, all in

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