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Part 5: How to Choose a Development Kit
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6/22/2012  214 comments
As a designer, you must consider more than finding good dev-kit hardware and an MCU to work with. In this session you will learn what to look for in a kit, what to watch out for, where to get support, debugging and programming tools, the need for testing, helpful books and references, design challenges, and so on.
Part 4: Microchip Wireless Modules & MiWi Protocol
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6/21/2012  373 comments
This kit, DM182015-1, lets engineers and programmers test wireless communications between two transceivers that use the Microchip MiWi protocol. Participants will learn how a wireless connection operates and see sample code for such a connection. An API simplifies wireless-communication software. Also covered: the use of a packet "sniffer" to observe wireless traffic.
Part 3: Atmel AVR XMEGA Family
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6/20/2012  294 comments
Atmel provides the small XMEGA-A3BU Xplained board and software to introduce engineers to this MCU architecture and to the company's software tools. Those tools include easy ways to work with sample code and find documents. Participants will learn about the tutor's experience using the board and how well the software works.
Part 2: Energy Micro Tiny Gecko Family
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6/19/2012  311 comments
The EFM32 Tiny Gecko Starter Kit (EFM32TG-STK3300) gives engineers and programmers a board that lets them measure power consumption and correlate power use with code. Participants will see how that capability helps fine-tune programs for battery-powered and energy-harvesting applications.
Part 1: Silicon Laboratories Precision32 Architecture
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6/18/2012  317 comments
This session focuses on the expandable SiM3U1xx Precision32 Development Kit that provides an ARM Cortex-M3 MCU and headers for five I/O ports. Silicon Labs offers its own integrated development environment and AppBuilder software for a quick start with peripheral control. Learn about the ups and downs of working with the hardware and software.
Part V: Implementing and Executing a Test & Acceptance Plan
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6/8/2012  172 comments
In this session, you'll learn how to specify your test system, the requirements of a workable test plan, and how to reuse and adapt that plan across different scenarios.
Part IV: Developing Software for Your Test Application
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6/7/2012  238 comments
At the end of this session, you'll understand the components of a modular test software framework, how to approach application development, and the role of analog front ends in capturing test data.
Part III: Selecting a Modular Test Systems Architecture
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6/6/2012  216 comments
In this session, you'll learn how to define your requirements for selecting a modular test systems, the role of application development software, and configuration of measurement and control services.
Part II: Flexible Software-Based Test vs. Purpose-Built Equipment
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6/5/2012  207 comments
In this session, you'll understand how software is used as the underpinnng of virtual instrumentation, how it supports modularity, and how it can be configured to exact application requirements.
Introduction: Basics of Software-Based Test Systems
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6/4/2012  211 comments
In this session, you'll learn the basics of software-defined instrumentation, its benefits, and the differences between traditional and virtual instruments.




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