Before You Start Reading 3,000 Pages

By Jeremy Mangas

War and Peace is 1,225 pages and most novels are much shorter than that. So, imagine your dismay when an exciting new project with an ambitious timeline pops up and someone places a 3,000 page books-papers-and-studies-border 1microcontroller reference manual on your desk (or in your email inbox). It’s just software, right?

Let’s assume for a moment that you are undeterred. The new super-powered silicon that will be at the heart of this project is exciting enough that you dive in and start learning about each feature in detail. Colored tabs and sticky notes are flying. Dog-eared pages become an art form and you have stared at some diagrams for so long that you still see them when you look away. Unfortunately, at the end of several marathon sessions, you look down and realize that you’ve only made it to page 400 without so much as a blinking LED to show for it.

Let An Intelligent Tool Do It For You…

I have been you. You have probably been you before and vowed never to do it again (that didn’t work out so well). So, what now? At this point you are attempting to remember whether or not your passport is expired and which countries would be best to go into hiding until the project is complete. Your next sleeping border 5option is to confidently go and tell your manager that you have everything under control while secretly hoping that the project is cancelled.

There is a better way. Countless engineers have endured the same agony and come out alive (barely), but some have even come out on the other side smiling because they had the right team and the right tools to get the job done.

Imagine The Possibilities…

Imagine all of these layers of complexity distilled down to a simple, powerful interface. Information that could be spread across hundreds of pages in a user manual, can now be defined mistake-free in minutes.

Imagine a tool that can tell you whether a pin can be changed from simple digital I/O to a PWM output without digging through a PDF (or multiple PDFs).

Imagine that, as new schematic versions and hardware changes are created for the project, you can react in minutes and have new code ready to go.

Your Secret Weapon

SimuQuest has been working tirelessly with you in mind to create a tool that will make getting up and running with a new microcontroller something to boast about at parties instead of an invitation to overtime. We call it QuantiPhi.

 

 

QuantiPhi doesn’t stop there, though. We know that our customers aren’t just programming a controller. Our customers are designing systems. This means making sure that device software matches up with hardware in crucial ways. This is why QuantiPhi also adds a host of capabilities like user-configurable naming of pins and other configurations and provides advanced filtering and searching capabilities. This can be especially powerful in creating links between a schematic or system pin diagram and the driver software that can greatly reduce the time spent debugging or performing design reviews.

Each panel in the QuantiPhi interface (as well as the Simulink experience) have been designed with the user in mind. We love to watch our customer’s eyes light up when they see just how easy it is to configure and use their devices without losing the ability to develop advanced systems.

Next Steps:

  • See QuantiPhi for low-level driver software code generation