A Design News course on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) should help engineers who are considering the technology for their upcoming designs.
The course, sponsored by Altera Corp., will provide an overview of system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs and explain how they can be used as a development platform for embedded applications. It will also address the growing popularity of the technology, especially with respect to new software tools that are making it more accessible. “Traditionally, you had to be a real hardware guru to use FPGAs,” said Warren Miller, host of the three-day course. “But the tools have gotten so good, they’re becoming an enabler for many engineers.”
The online class, part of Design News’ Focus on Fundamentals series, is titled "Getting Started With SoC FPGAs." It will focus specifically on FPGAs with on-chip processors. The first day will provide an introduction to the technology, while subsequent days look at FPGAs as IP integration platforms and as “C” implementation platforms. It starts on Tuesday, Sept. 30 and runs through Thursday, Oct. 2. Each class is approximately 45 minutes.
Miller, a 30-year veteran of the electronics industry, will include sample applications in motor control and automotive powertrain control to illustrate the creation of optimal target platforms for embedded software development.
He said the need for such a class is evident because the user base for FPGAs has been growing. “The class is best suited for folks who have a software background but have stayed away from FPGAs because they thought more hardware background was needed in order to use them,” he told us.
Miller suggests that interested parties listen to the class, at least on the first day, to see if it’s right for them. “On the introductory day, we’ll go over all the key pieces,” Miller said. “That way they’ll know if it makes sense to invest two more days.”
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