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These blog posts relate to specific network protocols (wired and wireless) of interest to embedded system designers.

Introduction to Controller Area Network (CAN)

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Controller Area Network (CAN) is the most widely-used automotive bus architecture. Here are some reasons why.

Serial Communication Protocols: CAN vs. SPI

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Distributed systems require protocols for communication between microcontrollers. Controller Area Networks (CAN) and Serial Peripheral Interfaces (SPI) are two of the most common such protocols.

How Endianness Works: Big-Endian vs. Little Endian

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Which is the most convenient end on your system? The choices are big endian and little endian.

Some human languages are read and written from left to right; others from right to left. A similar issue arises in the field of computers, involving the representation of numbers.

How Network Processors Work

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Major semiconductor manufacturers are starting to sell a new type of integrated circuit, the network processor. Network processors are programmable chips like general purpose microprocessors, but are optimized for the packet processing required in network devices. But what are they good for and how do they work?

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