Archive for the ‘Micro Controllers’ Category

Microchip’s Free MPLAB® XC32++ Compiler

16 Nov

The Free version of the MPLAB XC32++ Compiler is available for download now at . 

It has no time or memory limits, and can be used in commercial applications.  With the Free MPLAB XC32++, Microchip is offering a completely free C/C++ compiler solution with unlimited code generation,” said Derek Carlson, Microchip’s vice president of Development Tools.  “Our optimizing C++ compiler includes the industry-recognized Dinkumware libraries.  This combination is ideal for a broad range of applications, from the industrial to the academic environments.”

The featured offered include:

  • Compliant with the majority of C++98 and C++2003 ANSI standards
  • Includes Dinkumware standard C, C++, and template libraries
  • Can be used with all C++ or mixed C/C++ projects in MPLAB® XC32
  • All Microchip C language extensions are available for use



Digital Graffiti – Arduino based txtBOMBER

05 Jul

Time for a techie fun post today.

Wall chalking and graffiti is kind of shunned in most social circles, except for the ones which are artistic minded. Well, my aesthetic sense isn’t good enough and I end up confused when it comes to the choice of colors. I was however intrigued by a three year old invention by a German fellow who created this little gadget that looks like a paint roller but is in fact a digital plotter like device that can print a text message on the underlying wall by actuating different brushes that leaves a dot-matrix imprint of the digitally stored text in the Arduino memory.

I am not sure if the device has been manufactured commercially, as wall chalking aids are discouraged 🙂 But it is fun watching a hand-held plotter in action on a wall.

txtBomber In Action

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Zilog’s Crimzon Connects – Ultimate Home Automation

07 Oct

The ultimate in home automation has arrived. It comes with support for web based control of virtually all of your household appliances. I have always respected Zilog as the Z80 was the first microprocessor that I got to learn. Zilog has been quite actively working in the embedded domain for a long time. For example, the eZ80 was one of the first few microprocessors to offer a hardware TCP/IP stack.

Home automation systems need to be very user friendly, safe and energy efficient. Crimzon Connects from Zilog fulfills all these requirements. One has to see the Crimzon Connects Video to believe it. You can use an iPhone to control and command all the electronic appliances and lighting in your home connected via Crimzon Connects.

Yet another achievement by Zilog Corp. Hats Off to you !!