Jack Ganssle

Listen! Do you hear a subtle hum, a buzz of machine intelligence? Embedded systems surround us. The 26 billion embedded CPUs sold every year entertain us, optimize fuel economy, run factories and underlie the fabric of civilization.

My name is Jack Ganssle (bio) and I'm on a mission to help developers produce better embedded products faster. My weekly column on embedded.com, articles, books, and seminars all help you find better ways to build embedded systems... while maximizing the fun of creating new products.

Free Newsletter - The Embedded Muse

Free biweekly embedded systems newsletter, now in its 17th year. No hype, just down to earth embedded talk, hints, tricks and ideas about better ways to build embedded systems - both hardware and firmware. The latest issue (#258, April 7, 2014) contains a discussion about compilers and part 4 of the history of the microprocessor, with lots of tool tips salted in as well. Check out the back issues.

Firmware Seminars

Jack's seminar has to be the most interesting and enjoyable I have ever gone to and that's saying something as I have been to quite a few during my career over the years. Josh Hurvitz, Space Technology

Want to double your team's productivity? Reduce bugs? Meet deadlines? Take Jack's one day Better Firmware Faster seminar. Over 5000 of your colleagues are now better developers as a result of this course. You'll learn how to estimate a schedule accurately, thwart schedule-killing bugs, manage reuse, build predictable real-time code, better ways to deal with uniquely embedded problems like reentrancy, heaps, stacks and hardware drivers, and much more. It's fast-paced, packed with information you can use today, and a lot of fun. Bring Jack into your facility to get training about embedded systems that will get your product to market faster with fewer bugs.

Expert Witness

From time to time I've been privileged to work as an expert witness. This is a fascinating area of work, as one gets to dive deeply into the technology of some very cool products. Find more information here.

Articles, Books and Cool Tools

I have written over 700 articles about the unique and fascinating subject of embedded systems since 1988, and have a weekly column which I call Random Rants. I've also reviewed many books about embedded systems, and have written six as well.

Vendors make all sorts of claims about their tools, but real-world experience is much more important. Developers have contributed their opinions about a huge number of embedded systems tools. Submit your own thoughts on tools you love or hate.

From salary surveys to articles about debouncing, consulting, floating point approximations, testing RAM, watchdog timers and much, much more - check out these free special reports about embedded issues. The one on debouncing contacts is downloaded about 4,000 times per month.


Last updated 07-Apr-2014

Upcoming Events

My Better Firmware Faster seminar has helped thousands of developers improve their products. You can bring this class to your company! Click here to find how I can come to your facility and present the class.

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