June 28 - Day 5: Monitor & Control the Basic4android Way
Continuing Education Center 6/28/2013 223 comments Today, we will assemble a Basic4android application that will allow our Samsung tablet to control and monitor our remote TCP/IP-based hardware. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, we’ll revisit Bluetooth from a different perspective.
June 27 - Day 4: Network Firmware the Basic4android Way
Continuing Education Center 6/27/2013 250 comments Yesterday, we mapped out our network paths and performed some preflight checks on our selected network hardware. Today, we will throttle up the firmware and hardware to 100% and flight-test the network. We will also take a look at what needs to be done on the Basic4android side to support our mission tomorrow.
June 26 - Day 3: Network Hardware the Basic4android Way
Continuing Education Center 6/26/2013 258 comments Before the week is up, we are going to write some Basic4android code that will take advantage of an Android device’s ability to communicate via the Internet. So, it might be a good idea to round up some appropriate network hardware. Here we’ll examine the networking devices and lay down plans to put them on the Internet.
June 25 - Day 2: Bluetooth the Basic4android Way
Continuing Education Center 6/25/2013 286 comments In this session, we will explore the Bluetooth capabilities of Basic4android. We will write Basic4android application code to administrate the Bluetooth adapter. Our Basic4android application will allow us to enable the Bluetooth adapter, disable the Bluetooth adapter, monitor the Bluetooth adapter’s state, and discover devices in range.
June 24 - Day 1: ‘Hello World’ the Basic4android Way
Continuing Education Center 6/24/2013 443 comments This class will revolve around the installation of the Basic4android environment and the creation of our very first Basic4android application. It won’t take long to see that Basic4android can be used to painlessly realize industrial-grade Android applications. Our first Android application will prove to be a bit more useful than displaying “Hello World.” We are going to dive right in and write some Basic4android code to communicate with an FTDI FT311D USB Android Host IC.
June 14 – Day 5: Programmable Devices With a New Twist
Continuing Education Center 6/14/2013 188 comments A few devices strike out from the familiar programmable logic territory in the search for the "next big programmable thing" (NBPT). This class will cover some of these new devices and concepts. Put on your life vest because this is white-water rapids country!
June 13 – Day 4: Fixed-Function MCUs With Programmable Fabric
Continuing Education Center 6/13/2013 199 comments Adding fixed functions to programmable logic devices is not new, but the most recent crop of devices with fixed-function MCUs is now addressing more targeted applications. As higher-level software functions and even real-time operating systems (RTOSs) can be easily included, the device reach is extending to specific, targeted applications. This class examines the types of features included and the types of applications these devices are now targeting.
June 12 – Day 3: Programmable Analog, Part 2 & Timing
Continuing Education Center 6/12/2013 230 comments Programmable analog functions are continued in this class along with some of the devices used for programmable timing and clock generation. This class will provide a detailed description of several of these types of devices and will show specific examples of their use.
June 11 – Day 2: Programmable Analog, Part 1
Continuing Education Center 6/11/2013 242 comments One of the first classes of application-specific programmable logic devices combined analog circuits with digital programmable logic. These devices address the increasingly complex area of power management and similar applications. This class will provide a detailed description of several of these types of devices and will show specific examples of their use.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.