Thank you, Mouser and Texas Instruments !


Mailbag today. Guess my surprise when I found this in my mailbox:

FRAM for dummiesIt’s always nice to receive snail mail. Paper mail. Envelopes, magazines and newspapers. That’s why I try to subscribe to receive printed editions of all magazines of interest for me. Some time ago I signed a promo email from Texas Instruments in cooperation with Mouser, but — frankly — it was some time ago and I honestly believed that they forgot about me. Until today.

This is a very nice book and — Thank you TI & Mouser — very interesting. It covers, for dummies like me, advanced, modern MCU topics like this Ferroelectric Random Access Memory (FRAM), helps you incorporating FRAMs in your embedded applications and makes you smarter — like any read makes you smarter. For those who do not know (I was in the same boat before reading this), FRAM microcontrollers…

…provide an ultra-low power, differentiated, and more secure solution for embedded applications. FRAM is rapidly becoming the superior alternative to flash and EEPROM-based microcontrollers in ultra-low power solutions…

How low is the “low-power”? Very low. Consider this, an ATTiny9 consumption in active mode is around 100 µA. A MSP430 FRAM series MCU goes down to the level of microamps ! There is also a significant increase in throughput, up to 1.5 Mbps in some cases (see here).

So, thank you TI, thank you Mouser. Getting to read and like this, and returning with updates after this nice and interesting lecture.

144.8 Mhz TX for APRS

Been busy at work lately, but still had some time for myself. Latest idea: a low-cost APRS beacon, done with a classical 144.8 Mhz TX and a μController. AX.25 on air. Automatically. So these days I’ve been busy making this: Winding coils, soldering, measuring. Fun. The frequency is remarkable stable, given the rudimentary nature of this. For example, […]

144.8 Mhz for my APRS Beacon project

“Auto Layout on iOS Versions prior to 6.0”

A short reminder, because I ran into this today and Xcode’s very poor at providing you useful verbosity when debugging Auto-Layout stuff done in Interface Builder. Sometimes (Xcode 4.x and 5.x) you might get the following errors when building an iOS project: Going to each error does not help much. Debugging IB auto-layout errors is […]

2 responses to “Thank you, Mouser and Texas Instruments !”

  1. Sunny says:


    Thats actually me on the cover – I’m the perennial Dummy! The Dummy Object! The Dummy Class!


    Hope everything is going your way!


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