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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  375 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  667 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  485 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.
May 23 - Day 5: C++ for Embedded - Case Study No. 2
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5/23/2014  517 comments
In this session a practical application of C++ is described, which is directly relevant to embedded developers: the implementation of read-only ports. The discussion is extended to consider further use of C++ to enable easy use of peripheral hardware.
May 22 - Day 4: C++ for Embedded - Case Study No. 1
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5/22/2014  595 comments
In this session a practical application of C++ is described, which is directly relevant to embedded developers: use and management of non-volatile memory.
May 21 - Day 3: C++ & a Real-Time Operating System
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5/21/2014  694 comments
Application software normally interacts with a real-time operating system by means of a library of function calls. C++ code may also work in this way, but in this session an approach to using the object-oriented capabilities of C++ to define a more flexible interface is described.
May 20 - Day 2: A C to C++ Migration Strategy
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5/20/2014  592 comments
As most embedded programming is currently performed using C, it is likely that developers will need to transition their code and their working practice to C++. This session proposes a strategy that enables the benefits of C++ to be realized quickly and incrementally.
May 19 - Day 1: C++ for Embedded Programming
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5/19/2014  870 comments
This session reviews some key features of the C++ language that are of interest to the embedded software developer. Also, some language features and implementation details that may be troublesome are highlighted and explained.
May 9 - Day 5: Ethics, Dangers, Perception & Control
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5/9/2014  316 comments
We will discuss how we control and manipulate this technology, and how this technology will be able to control and manipulate us. Very few of us could survive a real societal, social, or environmental meltdown. As many of us embrace the new awareness and consciousness that will be direct neural connectivity to an even more vast machine, our individuality may be overcome with the need for connectivity to sustain our jobs, and even our lives. Welcome to the Machine.
May 8 - Day 4: Security, Identification & Virtual Presence
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5/8/2014  347 comments
We will look at ways in which security, identification, privacy, and individuality will be affected. We are constantly being surveyed, judged, evaluated, classified, etc. The technologies that will be "marketed" to us will seemingly solve problems and have desired features, but will require us to be an even more tightly coupled part of the machine. This includes physical control of the outside world with our minds, as well as the outside world being able to control our minds.
May 7 - Day 3: Research & Futures
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5/7/2014  421 comments
While researchers and select vendors may have access to some of tomorrow’s technology, for the most part, the next generation is in the wings. Modern processor densities, performance levels, and communications links allow high-level distributed processing environments to surround us each within our own little electromagnetic bubble. These Personal Area Networks will continue to interface and graft as we become electro-bionoids, providing us with ever-increasing levels of control and information.
May 6 - Day 2: Modern Advances & Electricity Changes All
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5/6/2014  426 comments
We will look at how the electronics age has rapidly filled our modern-day lives with machines and interfaces that we depend on. The machine we already live inside sustains us and our ability to interface with it helps us advance. While early machine interfaces were large, bulky, electro-mechanical assemblies, time has given way to streamlined and efficient technology for presentation and display of data, as well as clever ways to interact with machines.
May 5 - Day 1: Machines of the Past & Advances That Changed History
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5/5/2014  384 comments
We will begin by looking at how we developed as a species in conjunction with our machines, examine driving factors and necessities that spawned inventiveness, and look at the early inventions that helped us survive and advanced us significantly. We will review inventions that pioneered the user interfaces and how machinery has evolved to become safer and easier to use, and to provide improved productivity.
April 25 - Day 5: Debugging Our RTOS Application
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4/25/2014  337 comments
Now that our code is written, we need to be able to test and debug it. In this class, we will see how the debugger works with the RTOS to provide task-level debugging to help us debug and make the application work.
April 24 - Day 4: Completing Our Code
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4/24/2014  280 comments
We will now write our other tasks, the other code needed, and compile!
April 23 - Day 3: Writing Our First Task
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4/23/2014  362 comments
Given the tasks that we will need and their operation, we will create the code for our first task.
April 22 - Day 2: Defining the Tasks & Elements
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4/22/2014  327 comments
In this class, we will block out our code and define what tasks will need to be written and how they will need to interact. We will look at the elements or modules that we will need to make use of in the RTOS.
April 21 - Day 1: Getting Started & Some Basics
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4/21/2014  360 comments
In this class, we will define our project and select our target processor. We will be using the inexpensive KWIKSTIK evaluation board from Freescale so that those who wish may follow along. We will look at the MQX RTOS and what elements we will need for the project.
April 11 - Day 5: Sensors in Extreme Applications
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4/11/2014  328 comments
The rules can change when sensor specifications exceed those for high-volume applications. High precision and accuracy sensors, as well as measurement extremes, often dictate different sensor technologies. This lecture will explore a few of the more challenging situations.
April 10 - Day 4: An Introduction to Intelligent Sensor Interfaces
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4/10/2014  381 comments
Design considerations for interfacing sensors vary depending on the sensor’s output and the application’s requirements. This session will address some of the more common issues.
April 9 - Day 3: A Case Study: Developing a Smart Pressure Sensor
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4/9/2014  406 comments
In this class, our lecturer discusses the development of a smart sensor from concept (including the physics of the base sensor) through the design trade-offs and manufacturability issues to deployment.
April 8 - Day 2: Sensor Compensation & Signal Conditioning for Piezoresistive Sensors
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4/8/2014  404 comments
In this session, our expert addresses calibration, linearization, and signal integrity techniques for piezoresistive pressure sensors, perhaps the most common sensing technique.
April 7 - Day 1: The Basics of Specifying Pressure Sensors
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4/7/2014  409 comments
While pressure sensors provide one of the most frequent physical measurements, these sensors also have several nuances that can cause problems for those who do not work with them on a frequent basis. Our lecturer will discuss the issues in this class.
March 28 - Day 5: WiFi the PIC Way
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3/28/2014  420 comments
Today we will implement an embedded WiFi solution using a 32-bit PIC microcontroller and the Harmony development environment.
March 27 - Day 4: Embedded Ethernet the PIC Way
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3/27/2014  409 comments
A variety of scalable embedded Ethernet solutions are available. In today’s lecture we will implement a number of Ethernet hardware designs, which are based on Ethernet-enabled PIC microcontrollers and external MAC/PHY devices.
March 26 - Day 3: Embedded USB the PIC Way
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3/26/2014  386 comments
USB host and device designs are the lecture topics of the day. Today we will implement USB host and USB device hardware designs, which are entirely based on PIC microcontroller USB engines.
March 25 - Day 2: The Multilingual PIC Microcontroller
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3/25/2014  463 comments
Although PIC assembler is still the programming language of choice in some projects, applications for the modern PIC MCU can also be forged using BASIC and C. Today’s discussion will focus on programming techniques involving assembler, PICBASIC Pro, CCS C, and Microchip’s X series of C compilers.
March 24 - Day 1: Implementing PIC Serial-Based Peripherals
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3/24/2014  536 comments
Today’s lecture will focus on the real-world application of the various PIC microcontroller native serial peripherals. SPI, I2C, and USART hardware reference designs and their associated firmware drivers will be examined in detail.
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