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 with each other.


Meet our April member of the month: menchopez




Q: Congrats on becoming our featured member of the month! Can you introduce yourself to our community members?


Hi guys! My name is Manuel. I come from Santander (Spain) and I work as an Embedded Software Engineer for SAYME.


Growing up, with a father as an engineer, I learned to think differently and love engineering. In other words, I understand how things work. When I was just 9 years-old, my father and I built an electric crane for a school project, this without a doubt began my curiosity for engineering.  


Then I started to carry out small electronic projects at home while I was studying Telecommunication engineering. During my bachelor degree, I was fortunate enough to have a good teacher, who lead me to a job which allowed me to develop my desire to learn and build new things.


Q: How did you know about the Silicon Labs Community?


I started to design devices with your microcontrollers last year. I’ve been reading a lot about your products (EFM8 and EFM32 series) so we tried them and found them very successful. As always when you build things, problems arise and you need to solve them as quickly as possible (under strict deadlines). I find this online community extremely helpful it gives you the opportunity to ask and answer questions.


Q: What features, products, services would you like to see in the future from Silicon Labs?


Personally, I think that the IoT market growth is strongly linked to cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions. Manufacturers and product developers should work together to achieve these goals as soon as possible.


Things have changed a lot in recent years but I believe much remains to be improved. Nowadays, EFM8 and EFM32 series point clearly to these requirements: MCUs designed in terms of performance, size, cost and power consumption.


Q: What advice would you give to someone new to the community?


Be patient, read, read lots, stop, think over, look for and especially don’t be afraid of asking. There is an incredible community behind Silicon Labs, so enjoy it and take care of it, please.


Q: Thanks for answering the questions. Any final comment?


Keep up the great work, guys. It has been a great honor for me to be included among the Member Spotlight, I have a lot to learn and a lot I would like to contribute to this community.

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