Firmware

NETBURNER 3.0 Release Preview and Spoilers

For over 20 years, NetBurner has been committed to helping our customers quickly and easily turn ideas into products and connected solutions. We’ve made it possible to “set it and forget it” with super-reliable and stable hardware, custom Real Time Operating System (RTOS), firmware, and libraries that provide peace of mind to developers all over the world. That’s why we are excited to announce the pending release of NetBurner 3.0. This next generation of our RTOS, firmware, libraries and associated tools take these virtues to the next level. Version 2 has been in use for nearly 10 years, so for us this release is major news and is by no means a minor version update!

In this article we’ll preview what’s new in NetBurner 3.0. You see that we’ve added exciting new capabilities to enable the use of the latest hardware platforms, security protocols, IoT capabilities, extensibility, interface and fleet configuration and maintenance tools.

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debugging

DEBUGGING WITH GIT BISECT: A Developer’s K9 & best friend

Debugging code is often one of the biggest headaches that a programmer can encounter. This is especially true in the embedded systems world, where issues can live anywhere between the lowest level of hardware, to the highest level of application code. Code regressions that are the result of an unknown change in your commit history are especially difficult to track down. However, thanks to the simplicity and magic of “Git bisect”, it will quickly become one of your favorite scenarios to debug. In particular, Git bisect is used to track down the exact commit that led to your broken repository state.

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events

NetBurner Class at the MICROCHIP® Worldwide Masters Conference 2018

NetBurner is proud to offer two in-depth classes at the MICROCHIP® 22nd Annual Worldwide MASTERS Conference. Better yet, this hands-on workshop utilizes our latest ARM-Powered Ethernet System-on-Module! We will use our products to dive into the ins and outs of debugging networking issues from the field. This is an event with lots to offer and one to not miss!

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NetBurner In Flight
airborne

NetBurner in Flight

Ground and airborne tracking platforms maintain a communications link “For many networked consumer products, a Raspberry Pi is a popular option; however, for timing-critical or

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ASCII

What the UTF? ASCII Here. Part III

If you’ve haven’t read my last two columns (part I and part II) on UTF encodings, I’ll summarize them here in one sentence:

THERE AIN’T NO SUCH THING AS ASCII!

That’s right, there is no such thing as an ASCII string unless you understand the encoding that it uses. And there are a lot of encodings. We all know a significant segment of the world’s population speaks, reads and writes something other than English. For your ASCII strings to be understood by people speaking languages other than English, you really need to understand ASCII encodings. It’s time to ante up.

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ASCII

What the UTF? ASCII Here. Part II

In this edition of my dissertation on ASCII I am going to devolve into the background of Unicode. This is the second of two parts of my presentation on ASCII (part I here). ASCII data is something we encounter every single day but most of us don’t really appreciate the complexity behind it or what’s happening behind the scenes. If you think this isn’t important you’d be wrong. ASCII data moves a lot of important information on the factory floor and that’s the reason our ASCII to PLC Gateway is so popular. Our customers also move a lot of ASCII data over EtherNet/IP™ and ProfiNet IO. ASCII still rules though software programmers may not want to hear that.

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tutorial

SSL Serial Tunneling

Enabling NetBurner’s Built-in Secure Serial Capability Let’s be honest, if you had a “kick me” sign taped to your back, you’d want someone to tell

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standards

What the UTF? ASCII Here. Part I

You may not know it but we all use Unicode Transformation Format (UTF) every day, though many of us call it ASCII. However, it’s hard to appreciate what it is or what’s going on behind the scenes. ASCII data is the reason that our ASCII to PLC Gateway is so popular. There is a ton of bar code, printer labels, and other ASCII data on the factory floor. And ASCII isn’t going away.

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