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Lynnette Reese holds a B.S.E.E from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Lynnette has worked at Mouser Electronics, Texas Instruments, Freescale (now NXP), and Cypress Semiconductor. Lynnette has three kids and occasionally runs benign experiments on them. She is currently saving for the kids’ college and eventual therapy once they find out that cauliflower isn’t a rare albino broccoli (and other white lies.)


Halloween Frights and Delights: Engineering Horror Stories Lynnette Reese
I recently commented to a colleague that engineers either learn by “letting the smoke out” of something (breaking it) or they can learn vicariously through another’s mistakes, if the mistake is catastrophic enough. I don’t have a lot of these, but I have noticed that engineering horror stories are effective training tools and often funny.

Intel® Compute Card: Poised to (Re)Revolutionize Portable Computing Lynnette Reese
Back in 2016, Intel® introduced its Compute Stick, which is a device about the size of a pack of gum that can transform any HDMI display into a small computer. Intel’s upcoming Compute Card is slated to take this concept even further and potentially revolutionize portable computing yet again. With a Compute Card and a docking station, you can take your computer—at least the most important bits—with you, as the Card comes complete with a processor, onboard storage, memory, wireless connectivity, and flexible I/O options.

USB 3.2 Doubles Type-C Cable Speed, Adds To Naming Confusion Lynnette Reese
Scheduled to release any day now, the anticipated USB 3.2 spec will double the number of lanes for data transfer and enable full-featured cables to transfer data at 2Gbps. This blog explores the new spec and clarifies the often-confusing USB features and package labels.

Will I3C Replace I²C? Lynnette Reese
The I²C bus is 35 years old, and still widely used. However it's ripe for some improvements, and for this, the I3C spec is being created.

Containers: Similar To Virtual Machines For Embedded Development Lynnette Reese
Setting up an embedded development environment can be made easier by using containers.

5G Moves Forward With Early Trials Lynnette Reese
Faster speeds and more bandwidth are required for all the new wireless technology that is on the way. 5G will represent a quantum leap beyond 4G networks in terms of speed, efficiency, and total capacity.

Don’t Forget to Register that Drone Lynnette Reese
If you plan to use a drone for anything related to work or commercial ventures, you need to do more than register.

Batteries: Capacity, Cell Impedance, and Power Fading Lynnette Reese
There’s a general expectation these days that a car, even an electric vehicle should operate for 10 to 30 years. Rechargeable batteries are critical for electric vehicles; therefore, it is ideal if the battery can experience numerous and repetitive charge and discharge cycles over years. However, long-term storage capacity is a challenging issue.

Never Forget Again: The Rise of Portable Data Storage Lynnette Reese
Depending on how you define it, portable data storage dates back to the dawn of time.

Arduino 101: Pattern Matching on the Intel® Quark™ SE Microcontroller Lynnette Reese
Machines have never been as good as the human brain for sensing, perceiving, thinking about, or interpreting visual images. The human brain is also quite effective at “filling in the blanks” by making assumptions about the world around it. In some circumstances, the brain falls prey to a phenomenon referred to as an “optical illusion” in the common vernacular.

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