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October 24 – Day 5: Design & Build an Embedded WiFi Web Server
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10/24/2014  Post a comment
In this final lecture of the series, we will shed the wires and scratch-construct a WiFi-based web server. Along the way we will examine the differences in traditional wired web servers and wireless web servers.
October 23 – Day 4: Building Interactive Web Pages
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10/23/2014  Post a comment
Web servers need web pages. In today’s lecture we will craft some web pages that will allow human and electronic web clients to access the resources provided by the embedded web server.
October 22 – Day 3: Embedded TCP/IP Concepts
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Today’s lecture will cover basic TCP/IP concepts. We will also examine some common protocols that are used on LANs and the Internet. The TCP/IP concepts presented will be supported by actual Wireshark protocol analyzer captures.
October 21 – Day 2: Design & Build an 8-bit Embedded Web Server
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Today, try an 8-bit Ethernet-based web server variant. Not everything needs the compute power behind a 32-bit web server. Once again, we will scratch-build the hardware and write some code to bring it online
October 20 - Day 1: Design & Build a 32-bit Embedded Web Server
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10/20/2014  3 comments
Dive in by designing and scratch-building a 32-bit microcontroller-based web server. This Ethernet-based web server uses the LAN8720 PHY IC in the physical layer design. Along the way, we will put together just enough supporting firmware to bring our web server online.
October 10 – Day 5: Field Oriented Control Overview & Sine Wave Excitation II
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10/10/2014  Post a comment
This discussion continues building upon our FOC motor control introduction. We will look more closely at the basic mathematical transforms, space vector PWM modulation, position sensing, and position estimator techniques. We will introduce key mathematical concepts of FOC control and explore their implementation.
October 9 – Day 4: Field Oriented Control Overview & Sine Wave Excitation I
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10/9/2014  Post a comment
This discussion expands our scope to the hot new area of field oriented motor control (FOC) of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines (PMSM) motors. These sinusoidally-driven motors provide low torque ripple and highly efficient operation. This discussion will provide an introduction and comparison of FOC drive with respect to standard BLDC drive.
October 8 – Day 3: The Brushless DC Motor: Position Sensing, Power Sensing & Control
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This discussion is a continuation of day two’s discussion. We continue to discuss energy input devices and topologies, but now with a focus on torque, velocity, and position control. We will discuss various power sensing, phase sensing, and current sensing topologies. We will also touch upon sensorless design techniques.
October 7 – Day 2: The Brushless DC Motor: Trapezoidal PWM Control
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10/7/2014  Post a comment
This discussion addresses energy input circuits and components starting with the Field Effect Transistor, and working our way up to the six-FET drive circuit. We will discuss differences between energy input circuit topologies for brushless vs. brush motor topologies.
October 6 – Day 1: The Brushless DC Motor: An Overview
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10/6/2014  Post a comment
This discussion describes the brushless DC motor as distinct from the brush-style DC motor, stepper motors, and other motor types. We’ll look at the anatomy of the brushless DC motor and review manufacturer motor specifications, speed/torque curves, motor sizing, and power ratings. We will discuss motor commutation without brushes.
September 26 – Day 5: MCU Software Development: An Example Design in Detail
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9/26/2014  Post a comment
This class will bring together all the material covered in previous classes to show an example design and take it through the entire tool flow. Students will be able to follow along using just the free software – or using the evaluation board if they have one.
September 25 – Day 4: MCU Software Development: Digging Deeper Into the Tools
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Example designs offered with the evaluation board will be described and used to illustrate some of the detailed elements of the development tools, including some key “tricks” and “techniques” that improve development efficiency.
September 24 – Day 3: MCU Software Development: Understand the Software Development Flow
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The tool flow for developing software for the Atmel XMEGA MCU family will be described, and the process for downloading and running example designs will be shown, so that interested students can follow along using their own versions of free, downloadable tools.
September 23 – Day 2: MCU Software Development: An Introduction to the Atmel AVR XMEGA & Explained Eval Board
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This class will use the Atmel XMEGA MCU family and the associated evaluation board as an example target for our software development efforts. The interactions between the CPU and many common peripherals will set the stage for designing software efficiently with a wide range of MCUs.
September 22 – Day 1: An Introduction to MCU Software Development
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This class provides a quick overview of the main software tools used in MCU development, with a focus on tools that can be used with the Atmel XMEGA AVR and the associated evaluation board. However, the general concepts apply to virtually any MCU.
September 12 - Day 5: Co-Existing & Adopting IPv.6 - The Challenges
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9/12/2014  390 comments
For our final day we will wrap up by looking at the challenges of making legacy IPv.4 equipment and traffic work alongside IPv.6-compliant systems, as well as some of the challenges of implementing IPv.6 in embedded systems such as IoT nodes.
September 11 - Day 4: IPv.6: Traffic & Routing
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9/11/2014  411 comments
With the elimination of the old concept of sub-nets and new routing protocols, IPv.6 provides more powerful routing capabilities, allowing more true end-to-end communications between any two nodes on the network. We will look at the new routing schemes, compare these to more familiar IPv.4 methods, and look at how the two can be made to work together through the lengthy transition.
September 10 - Day 3: Addressing in IPv.6
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9/10/2014  421 comments
One of the primary reasons for IPv.6 is to answer the need for more addressing capability. Along with the new capabilities of the 2128 or approximately 3.4×1038 addresses, there are new methods for assigning addresses, assigning broadcast or multicast messages, and re-defining the previous concept of sub-nets. We will look at these new standards and how they compare to the methods under IPv.4.
September 9 - Day 2: Features of IPv.4 vs. IPv.6
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9/9/2014  460 comments
In this class, we will look at the traditional structure of IPv.4 and how this changes under IPv.6.
September 8 - Day 1: Background & Overview of IPv.4/IPv.6
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9/8/2014  501 comments
We will look at the history of the Internet Protocol from the first public version (v.4) and the reasons for the transition to version 6.
August 22 - Day 5: An Internet of Things Weather Station Example
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8/22/2014  623 comments
Sensor networks and moving data through the internet and web are becoming absolutely critical with concepts such as the Internet of Things on the near horizon. Each of the previous sessions have covered critical building blocks to create a system using a single-board computer. This session pulls it all together by providing an example weather station that interfaces to sensors such as humidity and temperature. The data is streamed through the Internet and accessible via a website.
August 21 - Day 4: Controlling Raspberry Pi Peripherals With Python
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8/21/2014  660 comments
Writing software can be fun, but when the software controls hardware and starts interfacing with the external world is when things really get going! The Raspberry Pi has a number of common interfaces that can be used to communicate with the external world and this session will cover how to use Python to access each of those interfaces. By the end of this session attendees will be ready to connect just about anything!
August 20 - Day 3: An Overview of the Raspberry Pi (& Single-Board Computers)
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8/20/2014  689 comments
This session will dig into the details of single-board computers and how they are revolutionizing how we do things. The famous Raspberry Pi hardware will be discussed in addition to how to set up the hardware for experiments in future sessions. This will include a look at available operating systems, tools, and expansion boards that can be used to quickly get a prototype system up and running.
August 19 - Day 2: Python Fundamentals
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8/19/2014  633 comments
This session will present basic concepts on how to design embedded software using Python. Concepts such as lists, dictionaries, string, and file system manipulations are a few examples of what will be covered. How to develop object-oriented code and even how to import C code will also be presented. Example scripts will be provided so that attendees can follow along and take the language for a spin.
August 18 - Day 1: Introduction to Python
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8/18/2014  773 comments
This session will introduce the Python programming language. It will provide an overview of where to get it, how to install it, and why an embedded engineer should learn Python. Since most embedded engineers are familiar with C, an in-depth comparison between language syntax will be covered to help attendees quickly leap into this powerful language.
August 8 - Day 5: Linux & Block Device Drivers
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8/8/2014  411 comments
This final class will look at block devices, which are storage media that can handle random accesses. Unlike character devices, block devices can hold file-system data. In addition, we’ll discuss how Linux supports storage/block buses and devices.
August 7 - Day 4: Input Device Drivers With the Linux OS
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8/7/2014  398 comments
In today’s class, we will learn about the Linux kernel’s input subsystem. This subsystem handles various input devices such as keyboard, mice, etc., with uniformity. An event interface is used to interface the input devices to specific applications. In addition, we’ll learn about the event system as well as device abstraction.
August 6 - Day 3: Serial Drivers Using Linux
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8/6/2014  464 comments
The serial port is a basic communications channel that’s used in many systems. In general, a UART is used to implement the serial ports. These ports can be used for terminal sessions, dialup, and devices that use a serial transport, including Bluetooth devices. In this class, we will learn about writing drivers for serial devices.
August 5 - Day 2: Linux Character Device Drivers
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8/5/2014  599 comments
Character drivers are fundamental driver types in the Linux kernel, while the byte-oriented driver is referred to as a character driver. Majority of device drivers in Linux fall into this category. We will learn about character drivers and run through a sample character-driver development. The basic file operations and creation will be taught as well.
August 4 - Day 1: Introduction to the Linux Kernel
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8/4/2014  715 comments
This class will cover the basic aspects of the Linux kernel programming, and we’ll differentiate between the kernel and user space. It’s a well-known fact that there are certain norms to communicate between the kernel and user space. Hence, we’ll cover the APIs needed to enable this communication. In addition, we will look at how to load and unload device drivers on running systems.
July 25 - Day 5: Application Emulation Using Em-Browser & an iPhone
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7/25/2014  276 comments
Em-Browser gives the developer total control of the embedded systems resources. Today we will use Em-Browser and an iPhone to emulate and debug an application targeting our home-grown B-SMART PIC32MX reference design.
July 24 - Day 4: Design & Assemble a Bluetooth Low-Energy Embedded Device
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7/24/2014  366 comments
Today we will put on our hardware hats and design and assemble a home-grown Anaren A2541 BLE embedded device hosted by a PIC32MX695F512H. The reference design concepts exposed in today’s lecture can be applied to most any microcontroller that supports the C programming language.
July 23 - Day 3: Creating Schemas to Develop a Bluetooth Link
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7/23/2014  296 comments
A schema is simply a description of available embedded resources. Today we will create a schema based on the embedded resources of the Digilent ChipKIT MX3 development board. We will also examine the firmware that is automatically generated as a result of the schema build process.
July 22 - Day 2: Coding a Hardware Abstraction Layer
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7/22/2014  341 comments
In today’s discussion we will define Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) functionality and code a specialized HAL for the Digilent ChipKIT MX3’s PIC32MX320F128H microcontroller.
July 21 - Day 1: The Out-of-the-Box Bluetooth Experience
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7/21/2014  374 comments
Today’s lecture will feature the Ana ren B-SMART BoosterPack development tool. The BoosterPack will be coupled with a Texas Instruments MSP430 LaunchPad development board to provide a working out-of-the-box MSP430-to-iPhone Bluetooth application. No Bluetooth or MSP430 knowledge is required.
July 11 - Day 5: Tying Up the Loose ARM Ends
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7/11/2014  381 comments
This class will bring together all the material covered in previous classes to discuss some designs suggested by students to see how they might be implemented most efficiently. Existing reference designs using the STM32F3 family will be used as the starting point for customization efforts.
July 10 - Day 4: Build Your Own ARM-Based Product!
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7/10/2014  496 comments
Example designs offered with the DISCOVERY kit will be described and used to illustrate some of the types of designs the ARM Cortex-M4 is specifically efficient at implementing. At the end of this class the student should be comfortable running example designs themselves.
July 9 - Day 3: Understand the ARM Tool Flow
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7/9/2014  528 comments
The tool flow for programming the STM32F3 MCU family will be described and the process for downloading and running example designs will be shown so that the interested student can follow along using their own versions of free, downloadable tools.
July 8 - Day 2: An ARM Cortex-M4 Design Example
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7/8/2014  582 comments
This class will use the STM32F3 M CU family as an example implementation using the ARM Cortex-M4 CPU. The interactions between the CPU and many common peripherals will set the stage for designing efficiently with a wide range of ARM Cortex-M4 implementations.
July 7 - Day 1: An Introduction to the ARM Cortex-M4 Architecture
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7/7/2014  665 comments
This class provides a quick overview of the ARM Cortex-M4 CPU architecture and how to use the key features to more efficiently implement common MCU-based designs. A comparison to other ARM CPU families will help round out your understanding of this important CPU family.
June 27 - Day 5: IIoT: Where Do We Go From Here?
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6/27/2014  352 comments
For our final day we will wrap up by looking at the predicted growth areas and the opportunities for new development in order to enable a safe and robust IIoT for the future. Bring your crystal ball and shopping lists!
June 26 - Day 4: The #1 IIoT Challenge: Security
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6/26/2014  381 comments
The greatest danger when we have literally billions of devices, most without human oversight, communicating critical data with one another is data security. Data theft, alteration, and denial of service will all be crucial potential weaknesses in the IIoT. In today's class we will look at the challenges and what has been done so far to address these, from node-level security to gateway security solutions.
June 25 - Day 3: The Backbone of IIoT: IPv.6
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6/25/2014  374 comments
No matter what carriers are used in the physical layer of communications in the IIoT, there will need to be a robust, scalable, and universal addressing and communications backbone. Most implementers and experts agree that Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv.6) will be the backbone on which the IIoT will be built. Today's class will cover a quick overview of IPv.6 and its improvements and differences from the more familiar IPv.4 that is still the standard, particularly in embedded systems.
June 24 - Day 2: The Applications of IIoT
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6/24/2014  458 comments
In this class, we will look at the primary growth areas of IIoT and some of their unique challenges – and, where applicable, where some of these challenges have been met.
June 23 - Day 1: Background & Overview of IoT/IIoT
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6/23/2014  484 comments
We will look at the history of the Internet of Things and what strides have been made so far, including some of the unique definitions that have been made for the IoT itself. And we’ll explain how IoT differs from IIoT.
June 13 - Day 5: Arduino & Games
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6/13/2014  554 comments
In the early 70s handheld electronic games were popular. These electronic handheld devices have been replaced with video game consoles and iPhone and Android apps. In this final session, an Arduino electronic game will be discussed.
June 12 - Day 4: Arduino & Biomimicry
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6/12/2014  700 comments
The ability to improve process and product performance using nature is the technological innovation of today. Biomimicry is being used in R&D facilities as a design tool to improve future product performance and function. Definitions and an example of a biomimicry machine will be discussed today. Also, a biomimicry device using an Arduino will be explained, as well as a temperature-sensing example.
June 11 - Day 3: Arduino & Physical Computing
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6/11/2014  736 comments
The Arduino is capable of being used in a multitude of applications and products. One design technique that allows the Arduino to be interactive within its environment is known as “physical computing.” Definitions of physical computing will be examined in the class along with a tilt-sensing servo motor controller design example.
June 10 - Day 2: Getting Started With Arduino
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6/10/2014  737 comments
The discussion will focus on how to start using Arduino for electronics projects prototyping. Definitions of key words used in the development of Arduino projects will be explained along with the following topics: Arduino IDE; what is a Sketch; and basic Arduino projects.
June 9 - Day 1: Arduino Basics
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6/9/2014  834 comments
The Arduino is a user-friendly electronics rapid development platform used by engineers, educators, and makers to make awesome products for consumer and industrial markets. An overview of the Arduino will be explained along with the following topics: What is an Arduino; website sources for Arduino; what can you do with an Arduino; example projects; and the Arduino architecture.
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