Cisium, Inc., Website Closing

It has been a very long journey for Cisium, Inc. website. It started in 2007 and this year finally I shut it down. I created the site using Joomla!, it overcome one major update in 2010. To use Joomla! as content management system has not been a pleasant job. In my experience Joomla! is slow and the administration is heavy. After many years using Joomla! in many websites, I don’t think it will use it anymore.

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Cisium, Inc. Is Now Joomla! 3.4

We are glad to announce that CISIUM website has been upgrade to the latest web technology.For this new version we have used the latest Joomla! 3.4. The release introduces new features into the CMS such as improved front end module editing, decoupling of weblinks, composer integration, Google new reCaptcha and security improvements by implementing UploadShield code which can detect most malicious uploads by examining their filenames and file contents.

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The RoboRoach: Control a living insect from your smartphone!

Interesting project in Kick Starter about the biologic-electronics interaction. In this case a cockroach controlled with your iPhone. Well it is not so complicated, but it is very exciting. A simple PCB with Bluetooth  LE (4.0 ready) module, I guess a TI CC2540, maybe from Bluegiga. Since it is BT LE, you can program any iOS device, and access to the hardware without paying the costly MFi homologation and authentication processor fees. BTW good news that Google stated that will support BT 4.0 natively, so soon available for Android I guess.

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The Post-PC Era?

There are numerous news that I have been hearing that we are in the post-PC era, since Steve Jobs prophesied. Mmmmh ... well among some of my qualities I am dedicated to the complete design of electronic systems based on microcontrollers, in my case lately I am designing systems based on implementations of ARM cores by NXP. These processors are called SoC, System on Chip, which means they have a lot of integrated peripherals.

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Generic Embedded Platform

Obviously the heart of the system is the MCU/CPU. My approach was to find out a balance between the cheapest, most powerful, and higher trend MCU in the market. Without any doubt the winner is the AMR, many manufacturers have adopted these cores: TI, Samsung, nVidia, Intel, Atmel, NXP, Freescale, a never ending list. For a system designer like Cisium this provides a big advantage, this allows to switch between manufacturers with similar cores with a great reutilization of the knowhow.

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