We pinged a LinkedIn group of 5,000+ firmware engineers to ask what online resources they valued most for acquiring various bits of industry knowledge and information.
While the below list can’t possibly include all of the resource gems out there, we trust that these resources will help you to become more productive and resourceful.
Have an addition to our list? Please comment below!
Best Resources for Firmware Engineers
1. Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange
As the name implies, the Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange is a forum, specifically for electrical engineers who are eager to create a community of like-minded individuals willing to help answer questions and seek out guidance when asking questions with fellow engineers.
There’s a well defined tagging system to help find answers to questions, and users can earn a reputation for answering questions that get voted up. And once answered satisfactorily, the answer is “accepted” by the person who asked it.
Similar to the Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange, Quora is a great resource to get answers from firmware engineers who have real-life, first hand experience. Quora’s goal is to have each question page become the best possible resource for users seeking answers.
Thought Leaders & Industry Experts
3. Jack Ganssle
Ganssle is a world-leading system embedded engineer, author, speaker, advisor, and entrepreneur. Ganssle’s website offers a treasure trove of “down-to-earth embedded talk, hints, tricks and ideas about better ways to build embedded systems” for firmware engineers who focus on embedded systems, including The Embedded Muse, a bi-monthly newsletter that provides solid insights and resources for embedded engineers.
4. Michael Barr
Barr is a very prolific and an expert author, speaker, and advisor within the embedded engineering community. Barr has an active newsletter, blog at EmbeddedGurus, and is a regular contributor on Twitter.
Industry Conferences & Events
5. IEEE Computer Society
The IEEE Computer Society has a very comprehensive and up-to-date calendar for IEEE events and conferences. In addition, the IEE Computer Society publishes does a nice job of including links to women in engineering. Check out Women in Computing.
The 2014 EE conference is a wrap and the 2015 colossal conference for electrical engineers will be held June 22-25, in Santa Clara, CA. This years keynote speakers include:
- Michael Barr, CTO and Co-Founder, Barr Group
- Andrew “bunnie” Huang, PhD EE and Hardware Hacker
- Zac Nelson, Research Engineer, Ford Motor Company
Communities & Associations
EEWeb is an electrical engineering community for hardware designers, including design tools and calculators, articles, jobs, events, and forums. EEWeb also publishes Embedded Developer Magazine, Modern Test & Measure, Pulse, as well as several other magazines for engineers.
Embedded.com is a destination for systems developers and designers. From the latest trends, tips, source code, product updates, and practical design information, Embedded.com has lots of helpful resources for engineers.
9. Embedded Computing Design
Embedded Computing Design is targeted at engineers, architects, and decision makers looking at silicon, software, and strategies for embedded devices. Embedded Computing Design also has an extensive listing of upcoming and archived webcasts.
As its name implies, EngineeringTV features engineering and technology related videos for electrical and mechanical engineers. Engineering TV houses more than 500 videos and each video is 5-8 minutes in length.
New videos, including interviews with engineering thought leaders and how they’re applying new technologies can be delivered straight to your inbox if you subscribe to their newsletter.
Embedded Gurus features blogs from an impressive stable of embedded software experts including:
No doubt Dave Jones is “one of a kind.” And his videos are definitely “presented in Dave’s unique non-scripted overly enthusiastic style!” But if you like to tinker and take apart instrumentation, hardware, and various electronic gadgets, EEVBlog is sure to keep you riveted.
13. The Amp Hour
In case you can’t get enough of Dave Jones’ EEVBlog, here’s your chance to listen to him along with sidekick, Chris Gammell. Chris is an analog electrical engineer who is “dedicated to teaching electronics in an easy-to-understand way with lots of hands-on interaction.”
14. EMBEDDED Podcast
Jack Ganssle and Michael Worry, CEO of Nuvation, are some of the industry thought leaders who have shared their experiences and expertise with Elecia and Chris.
Test & Measurement Equipment
Saleae, located in San Francisco, and led by brothers Joe and Mark Garrison, is committed to manufacturing the best, most economical, mixed-signal logic analyzers that record digital or analog signals, and hook right into your computer.
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