We are featuring one of the Silicon Labs Community members who is active or new in the community on a monthly basis to help members connect to each other.
Meet our August member of the month: erikm
Q: Congrats on becoming our featured member of the month! Can you introduce yourself to our community members?
I am Danish and have lived in the US for 35+ years. I got here on a 1 month contract that ended up lasting 3 years. in the meantime I met my wife and got married. I started out as a specialist in OCR, that became a commodity, then I migrated to COM (microfiche), that became obsolete with the event of online. Well, all the above involved embedded computing so, I took up that mantle and have successfully been all over the place in embedded (medical, industrial, analytical, lighting, signage, ..... . I have, in order not to become a jack of all trades master of none, stayed away from any type of programming the PC. and in my resume state embedded ONLY
Q: You have joined the community since 2003. What brought you to the community (previously 8-bit MCU forum) for the first time?
I had some 8051 devices that needed a speed-up and ‘stumbled over’ the then brand new f120 which was the answer to my wishes. Well, I were one of the first users and through the forum we helped each other getting the thing going with the ‘classic’ IDE.
Q: You have helped our community members to get their questions answered for many years. What motivates you to help them?
I have received help over the years in the forum and thus see it as an obligation to give help back where I can. Also I just love mentoring.
Q: What advice would you give to someone new to the community?
BE SPECIFIC, describe the problem in detail: state the processor, tools, own board or devboard. NEVER type code into the forum, always use copy and paste.
Q: Thanks for answering the questions. Any final comment?
A few reasons for me looking at SILabs first: Other companies have terminated devices very soon after introduction, SILabs do not. The support from SILabs, while not perfect, it better than most. I still dabble in the 8051s and am glad to see that SILabs do too. They have, (for some apps a great benefit) ARMs with direct mosfet drive (could we have some ‘51s with that too, please).
Great community member and Erik has been active on 8051 forums even before this one existed!