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Introduction to the ATVEF Protocol Enhanced TV

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New standards are making the delivery of Web-based and enhanced content alongside television a reality. This article describes the ATVEF enhanced television standard and the requirements for designing ATVEF-compatible receivers.

Short Range Wireless Protocols: Bluetooth vs. IrDA

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As engineers design more and more products with embedded computer systems that require connections of one sort or another, we've got to pay attention to the ease with which these connections can be made. Short-range wireless protocols offer an attractive alternative to wired connections.

How to Design App-Ready Embedded Systems

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Bug fixes, patches, and third-party application programs are all possible in today’s more powerful embedded systems, but you need to plan for them at design time. This article shows you how.

How to Use the C Preprocessor's #error Directive

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One of the least used but potentially most useful features of the C preprocessor is the ANSI-specified #error directive. Here's a look at a couple of clever uses for #error that have proven invaluable in embedded software development.

The syntax of #error is very straightforward:

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