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March 13 - Day 5: Development Kits and Reference Designs
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3/13/2015  Post a comment
MCU and FPGA manufacturers often provide complete reference designs to help accelerate motor control implementations; some kits even provide example motors. This class wraps up the course by demonstrating some development kits and reference designs that might be appropriate for your next design.
March 12 - Day 4: Software Tools
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Once the hardware features are understood, it is useful to see what software tools and techniques are available to simplify the development of common motor control algorithms. This class provides an overview of some of the common tools through some typical application examples.
March 11 - Day 3: Device Features and Functions
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Motor control algorithms have some common functions and peripherals that are key elements in any motor control implementation. This class provides an overview of several of the most common and useful MCU and FPGA features that enable motor control implementations, presenting some common application examples.
March 10 - Day 2: Motor Control Algorithms
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Motor control algorithms have evolved over the last several years to take advantage of the increased processing power and features available on modern MCUs and FPGAs. This class provides a short history of motor control algorithms, showing how key MCU and FPGA capabilities have enabled new, more efficient algorithms.
March 9 - Day 1: An Introduction to Motor Control
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Motor control is a pervasive application for MCUs and a growing application area for FPGAs and thus has significantly influenced the evolution of these devices. This introductory class provides a quick overview of the markets, devices, key features and development environment available for modern MCU devices.
February 27 - Day 5: Writing Portable Code
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One technique to minimize project costs and time to market is to leverage a reusable code base. A code base usually isn’t developed overnight and requires careful thought and consideration in order to maximize the benefit. This session will cover how to develop a reusable code base starting with the design of APIs. An example will be provided on how to create a portable EEPROM chip driver that pulls together concepts and source from the GPIO and SPI drivers in earlier sessions.
February 26 - Day 4: Design Patterns for Firmware
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This session will demonstrate common design patterns that are used to develop embedded software. A continuation of driver design concepts will be presented to include a discussion on blocking vs non-blocking drivers with a reusable SPI driver example. There will also be a look at data handling techniques such as circular buffer implementation, leaving the attendee with functional, reusable code that can be used in their next design project.
February 25 - Day 3: Driver Design Techniques
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This session will walk attendees through three different methods for developing drivers. The methods will start with the simplest and least reusable through an advanced technique that is easily portable to multiple systems. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to use bit manipulation, structures and unions in driver design, in addition to portable driver design concepts and example driver source.
February 24 - Day 2: Baremetal Scheduling Techniques
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It isn’t uncommon for developers to default to a real-time operating system (RTOS) when developing an embedded system. As it turns out there are a number of scheduling techniques that can be used to achieve real-time performance before an RTOS is even necessary. This session will explore baremetal scheduling techniques, RMA theory and analysis while peering into the time domain of the microcontroller. Attendees will be equipped with an expert understanding of scheduling techniques.
February 23 - Day 1: C Concepts for Embedded Systems
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This session will review important concepts every developer needs to understand when developing an embedded system using C. These concepts will form the foundation for topics the rest of the week. These concepts will include a look at scope, proper register access techniques, understanding complex declarations, function pointers, memory allocation, interrupts and assertions to name a few. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the fundamentals of C and some advanced concepts too.
February 13 - Day 5: Coding Smart Module Device Drivers with the CCS C Compiler
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The CCS C Compiler has a wealth of built-in serial EEPROM, serial SRAM, real time clock and digital potentiometer IC drivers, enabling creation of unique device drivers for AM/FM data radio modules, WiFi modules, Bluetooth modules, sensor modules, digital control modules and LCD panels. The CCS C Compiler also can code an interface between the smart module and a PC application. This lecture will demonstrate how driver coding can be done quickly.
February 12 - Day 4: Bluetooth on Your Phone Courtesy of the CCS C Compiler
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Bluetooth Low Energy technology is bringing phone-based sensor monitor and control applications to the forefront. Putting together the embedded hardware and sensor firmware is the relatively easy part. Placing those pretty widgets on the phone’s LCD and communicating with them can be tricky. This lecture will show you how the CCS C Compiler simplifies embedded BLE programming on the PIC as well as the phone.
February 11 - Day 3: The Internet of Things According to CCS C
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TCP clients and servers have become the “thing” in the embedded world. The Microchip PIC microcontrollers have the necessary hardware attributes to participate in this new “world” and the CCS C Compiler has the firmware tools to support them. After today’s lecture, you will be able to use the CCS C Compiler to fling bits around on LANs, WANs and the internet.
February 10 - Day 2: Embedded USB Tasks with CCS C
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When it comes to embedded USB with a PIC microcontroller, you namethe task and the CCS C Compiler can probably do it. Today, with the help of the CCS C Compiler, we will breathe life into USB-enabled PIC devices. We will use the CCS C Compiler to create a USB bootloader, a USB HID class device, a USB CDC device and a USB-to-serial converter device.
February 9 - Day 1: Little Microcontrollers Doing Big Things with CCS C
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2/9/2015  1 comment
Microchip has recently announced a number of 8-bit microcontrollers that contain the Enhanced Mid-Range Core. This lecture will demonstrate how to exploit the advanced features of these new microcontrollers using the CCS C Compiler.
January 30 - Day 5: IPv6 for Micros: Testing Our Design and Looking at Other Sources
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1/30/2015  1 comment
For our final day we will wrap up by testing out our design and seeing if we met our objectives with the IPv6 stack that we chose. We will then look at IPv.6 solutions from other sources, including stacks included in currently available real-time operating systems (RTOS).
January 29 - Day 4: IPv6 for Micros: Project Phase II – Simple Web Server
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1/29/2015  499 comments
One common function of M2M or IoT nodes is to use HTTP to communicate via simple web pages. This allows a sensor (and perhaps control) node to interface with a human via a web browser as well as with other machine nodes. We will design and build a simple web server on our target board to monitor a single input variable.
January 28 - Day 3: IPv6 for Micros: Project Phase I – Ping, TCP, UDP
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1/28/2015  496 comments
We will begin our development by setting up and testing out some simple IPv6 functions: Ping, Neighbor Discovery, and the sending and receiving of simple TCP and UDP packets.
January 27 - Day 2: IPv6 for Micros: Setting up the Development Environment
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1/27/2015  518 comments
Our “hands-on” environment for this class will consist of the inexpensive Freescale FRDM-K64F development board, the Kinetis Development System IDE (downloadable free from Freescale), and the FNET open source IPv.6 stack that is downloadable from Sourceforge.net. We will look at the setup needed to develop our defined project, as well as some tools we will need, such as Wireshark.
January 26 - Day 1: IPv6 for Micros: IPv.6 Review and Defining Our Project
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1/26/2015  575 comments
A review ofIPv.6 and its major differences from IPv.4, including some of the challenges of implementing it on smaller microcontrollers. We will also look briefly at IPv.6’s role in the developing standards for the IoT and how we may wish to use our design to be a part of that network. We will then define our project and what we’ll accomplish for the week.
Programmable Logic - Software Tools
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1/16/2015  418 comments
How do the software tools translate your design into the configuration bit streams needed to configure your programmable device? This class will provide an introduction to many of the key parts of the common tool flows and an understanding of how they interact with the hardware infrastructure described in the previous classes.
Programmable Logic - Adding Processors
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1/15/2015  524 comments
An even higher level of specialized logic that is being added to many high-capacity programmable logic devices are complete MCU subsystems. These ‘hardened’ blocks have processors, memory and peripherals- all the elements needed for a complete processing subsystem and the programmable logic can be used for many custom features.
Programmable Logic - Specialized Functions
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1/14/2015  539 comments
The general purpose nature of programmable logic switches and logic elements are very flexible, but inefficient for implementing common high-level building blocks for most digital sub-systems. Most programmable logic devices add some fixed function elements to avoid these inefficiencies and this class will describe the most common ones.
Programmable Logic - Switches and Logic
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1/13/2015  606 comments
Once the underlying configuration technology is understood, it is important to understand how the logic elements and their associated switches are implemented. This class will give some examples showing how logic elements and switches can be used to create a general purpose programmable fabric used in most modern devices.
An Introduction to Programmable Logic
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1/12/2015  815 comments
Programmable logic starts first with the technology used to implement the configurable logic that makes up a programmable logic device. This class will review the primary technology used to implement the configurable elements common to all programmable logic devices.
December 19 – Day 5: Web Application Security: Secure Development Processes
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12/19/2014  272 comments
Does your Software Development Lifecycle have a stage for discovery and mitigation of vulnerabilities? Is it at the beginning, the end, or throughout the process? Today we will address how to apply prevention and mitigation to your personal and company processes.
December 18 – Day 4: Web Application Security: Cross-Site Scripting (Script Injection)
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12/18/2014  271 comments
In order to prevent Cross-site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities from occurring, developers must be very careful about where data comes from and how it is rendered. On Day 4 we will talk about processes and strategies for avoiding this class of vulnerability.
December 17 – Day 3: Web Application Security: Vulnerable Authentication & Session Management
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12/17/2014  313 comments
Most web applications require some sort of authentication and authorization but how do credentials need to be protected while in transit and at rest? This class will address those issues as well as the tradeoffs between security and convenience that need to assessed and addressed.
December 16 – Day 2: Web Application Security: Injection
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12/16/2014  330 comments
Probably the best known and among the most dangerous of exploits, injection vulnerabilities can result in information disclosure, tampering, denial of service, and elevation of privilege. This session will mostly focus on SQL injection but will address others forms of injection including NOSQL database injection and OS command injection.
December 15 – Day 1: Web Application Security: Introduction to AppSec
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12/15/2014  341 comments
This introductory session will touch on major AppSec concepts and definitions, and why having an AppSec strategy is critical for any company who has valuable data that is accessed either publicly on the internet or within the confines of the your company's network.
December 5 – Day 5: Software Architecture of a UAV
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12/5/2014  449 comments
This session will summarize and review everything that was discussed in previous sessions by examining the software architecture of a UAV. These fascinating flying systems have a lot going on and wouldn’t be scalable and reusable if it weren’t for the proper design and selection of the right software architecture.
December 4 – Day 4: From Architecture to Implementation
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12/4/2014  462 comments
Getting the right architecture is important but putting that architecture into practice is just as critical. This session will walk through how to take an architecture and move it into the design and implementation phases. Tips and tricks will be provided on how to make the transition with the result being an elegant and robust software system.
December 3 – Day 3: Understanding Embedded Software Architectures
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12/3/2014  492 comments
This session will explore real-world considerations when designing an embedded software architecture. Real world examples will be given and comparisons made between different architecture types that solve a problem but may or may not be the correct architecture of choice. Examples include polling, interrupts and event driven systems.
December 2 – Day 2: Software Architecture using UML
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12/2/2014  573 comments
A number of techniques have been developed over the years to assist engineers in designing an architecture that meets their system requirements. One tool that has been extremely popular is the use of UML. This session will explore the use of UML to design an embedded software architecture. The UML toolset will be explored such as the use of sequence diagrams, state machines, state charts and more!
December 1 – Day 1: Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture
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12/1/2014  624 comments
This session will introduce what an embedded software architecture is and what it is not. It will provide an overview of some basic software architectures used in real-time embedded software development. Attendees will walk away with the knowledge of why designing a software architecture up front is critical to successfully develop a product in addition to the basic steps to go about identifying the architecture that should be used.
November 21 – Day 5: Analog Design for the Digital World: Design and Test
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11/21/2014  490 comments
For our final day we will wrap up by looking at the challenges of designing as well as testing analog circuits, particularly in mixed signal design. We will look at analog design and simulation tools including SPICE (around since the mid-70’s!), test methods including probe loading considerations and other topics.
November 20 – Day 4: Analog Design for the Digital World: A/D and D/A
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11/20/2014  499 comments
As much as we want to keep our analog and digital circuits separated, we still need them to talk to one another. In this class, we will look at the different types of analog to digital (A/D or ADC) and digital to analog (D/A or DAC) converters and some of the tradeoffs as well as design criteria.
November 19 – Day 3: Analog Design for the Digital World: Grounding and Shielding
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11/19/2014  512 comments
Ground loops, digital noise, EM radiation are all issues that we must face in mixed-signal design and test. In this class we will look at some of the design principles of keeping digital, near field, and RF noise out of our analog circuits.
November 18 – Day 2: Analog Design for the Digital World: Resonant Circuits and Filters
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11/18/2014  543 comments
In this class, we will look at the RLC resonant circuit, both designed and parasitic. Then we will use these circuits with op amps and other active circuits to build some simple filters. We will touch on the differences between these analog active filters and ‘equivalent’ digital filters.
November 17 – Day 1: Analog Design for the Digital World: Op Amps – Ideal, Reality, and Embedded
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11/17/2014  605 comments
We will start with a review of the ideal versus the real-world operational amplifier (opamp or op amp) and how to specify and basic usage of the op amp. With the new trend to include op amps in many new microcontroller chips, we will look at the caveats and proper usage of these analog circuits that are included in digital controllers.
November 14 – Day 5: An Example Implementation in Detail
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11/14/2014  292 comments
This class will pull together information from all the previous classes and illustrate the described techniques using a detailed example design. Several techniques outlined in the previous classes will be used to protect the example design from tampering, reverse engineering, copying and from network-based attacks on security keys and boot blocks, which are two of the most common and most aggressive forms of remote attacks.
November 13 – Day 4: Protecting Your System in the Field
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11/13/2014  342 comments
Once your hardware is deployed it’s a target, either directly by “invasive” probing of the actual board or via network based attacks. Protecting your hardware from these threats requires additional levels of protection and more complex algorithms and techniques. Luckily manufacturers provide simplifying features and capabilities that can be used to protect field deployed systems.
November 12 – Day 3: Secure Devices - An Overview
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11/12/2014  367 comments
This class will review several of the current devices that include security capabilities that can be used to protect your design from hacking and theft. Some MCUs, FPGAs and CPUs now include key security features that can be used to protect your design. Additionally, specialized peripherals, memories and accelerators are also available for adding protection. Examples of all of these devices will be described.
November 11 – Day 2: How do you Implement Secure Hardware?
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11/11/2014  340 comments
This class will cover the key techniques used by modern devices to protect design IP from the most common threats. Starting with simple approaches to tamper protection, and then moving on to protection from copying and cloning, this class will begin to introduce key devices and features needed to successfully protect your design.
November 10 – Day 1: Stealing and Hacking Your Design is Easier than You Think
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11/10/2014  307 comments
This class will review key concepts from the December 2013 class and lay the groundwork for describing the implementation details you need to be able to select, program and design with devices you can use to protect your valuable IP. Protection from reverse engineering, copying, cloning, hacking and tampering will be the focus of the course.
November 7– Day 5: Advanced User Interface Technologies: Futures and Bio Mechanoids
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11/7/2014  356 comments
Science fiction comes true more than any other type of fiction and science fiction has been warning us as to what we can become if we don't take precautionary steps to guard our humanity. In this last class day, we will discuss VR, implants, neural interfaces, and the constant connectivity we are already beginning to embrace.
November 6 – Day 4: Advanced User Interface Technologies: Presenting Information
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11/6/2014  318 comments
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then video is worth 1,000 pictures if the video is clear and usable. Handhelds as well as desktop use 2-D displays, but is that changing? Today, we will examine projection systems, virtual image technology, and the emergence of holographic display systems.
November 5 – Day 3: Advanced User Interface Technologies: Streaming Signal Interfaces
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11/5/2014  361 comments
Real time acquisition and processing of data opens the door to usable speech technology as well as camera based 3-D gesture detection. Speech can be speaker dependent (as in security applications), or speaker independent as in general command interfacing. 3-D gestures can direct operations, especially in the next generation of wearable computers.
November 4 – Day 2: Advanced User Interface Technologies: A Deeper Look at Touch
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11/4/2014  445 comments
Touch technologies are the fastest growing technology in modern devices. Anything that has a display had better have some form of touch, and several flavors exist. This day of the course looks at different touch technologies, how they work, and what is needed to interface to them.
November 3 – Day 1: Introduction to Advanced User Interface Technologies
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11/3/2014  356 comments
Join this discussion on modern electronic input interfaces in analog and digital realms, including digital open state conditioning (pull-ups and pull-downs), matrix and multiplexing, scanning technologies, linear joystick, mouse, and an overview of touch. We will also touch on modern high volume display and indicator technologies.
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