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Programmable Logic - Software Tools
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1/16/2015  1 comment
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  Post a comment
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  Post a comment
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  Post a comment
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  Post a comment
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  271 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.
October 24 – Day 5: Design & Build an Embedded WiFi Web Server
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10/24/2014  514 comments
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  472 comments
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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10/22/2014  511 comments
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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10/21/2014  530 comments
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  656 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.
September 26 – Day 5: MCU Software Development: An Example Design in Detail
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9/26/2014  470 comments
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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9/25/2014  466 comments
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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9/24/2014  559 comments
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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9/23/2014  563 comments
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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9/22/2014  681 comments
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  422 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  774 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.
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