Plumbing: Parallel programming for the Arduino has introduced Plumbing, a Creative Commons licensed introduction to programming the Arduino using the programming language occam-pi. The tools are open source and facilitate parallel processing within the Arduino. The most recent versions for Windows, Mac and Linux are available for download. Check our the free PDF book download.

How to write a flash bootloader for the PIC16 and PIC18

Here’s an application note with comprehensive information on how to write your own bootloader for the Microchip PIC16 and PIC18 families. Microchip also has provided a link to the code development software. Good reading for both the beginner and experienced coder.


If you want to try your hand at creating an illustration or PCB of your electronics project, check out Fritzing. It’s an open source GUI based program that allows users to document their prototypes, share them with others, show them in a presentation, and create a pcb layout for professional manufacturing. Windows, Mac and Linux […]

Implementation of DES algorithm using FPGA technology

Arnaud Lagger has published some interesting work on the use of FPGAs in encryption. Unlike other docs we’ve seen, this analysis is both comprehensive and detailed, including an appendix with the VHDL source code. Definitely worth the read for anyone interested in encryption using FPGAs.