The Embedded Beat is moving

The Embedded Beat blog is moving to a new best-in-class environment sitting with the new Freescale Community. All of the valuable blog posts and comments that you’ve come to expect have been migrated to the new platform.

What’s new about the platform?
Because the Embedded Beat and the Freescale Community operate off of the same platform, you will be able to search on one topic and see results from blogs and content from different sources. The new platform also allows you to save blog posts as PDFs. Built-in “share this” tools are still available, which give you the option to share blog posts via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and email.

Will the URL change?
No. The URL to the home page of the Embedded Beat (, as well as all as the URLs to the blog categories, will automatically redirect visitors to the new platform on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

How will RSS feeds work?
If you have been subscribing to the Embedded Beat via RSS, you will continue to receive updates. If not, you can subscribe now.
All Embedded Beat Posts

Or by blog category:
Every Connection Matters
Medical by Design
Robotic Reality
Smart Energy
Smart Mobile Devices
Software Meets Silicon

How will email subscriptions work?
The new platform allows you to subscribe to receive all Embedded Beat blog posts or a specific author’s blog posts via email.

If you are a current email subscriber or you would like to subscribe to all of the Embedded Beat posts, please create an account on the Freescale Community.

Go to the home page, click “Register.” You will be prompted to complete the membership form.  

Once you’ve completed the registration process, continue to the home page  and select “Follow.” You will now receive email alerts when a new blog post is published on the Embedded Beat.

You can also receive email alerts when a specific blog author publishes. To subscribe to the author, click the author’s name on the post and select “Receive email notifications.”

Don’t skip a beat! See you on the new platform!

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please post it in the comments below.

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