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Getting Started With SoC FPGAs (FPGAs With On-Chip Processors)  
Sponsored by Altera
Tuesday, September 30 - Thursday, October 2
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Sep 30
2PM
September 30 - Day 1: An Introduction to SoC FPGAs
This class provides an overview of the capabilities of SoC FPGAs and how they can be used as a familiar development platform for embedded software. The additional flexibility that SoC FPGAs have over traditional MCUs and CPUs makes them much more efficient for integrating IP and accelerating algorithm performance. SoC FPGAs can help reduce overall system cost and risk.
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Warren Miller  
Warren Miller has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and has held a variety of positions in engineering, applications, ...  
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Warren Miller
Warren Miller

Warren Miller has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and has held a variety of positions in engineering, applications, strategic marketing, and product planning with large electronics companies like Advanced Micro Devices, Actel, and Avnet, as well as with a variety of smaller startups. He has in-depth experience of programmable devices (PLDs, FPGAs, MCUs, and ASICs) in industrial, networking, and consumer applications and holds several device patents. He is currently the principal at Wavefront Marketing, working as a consultant specializing in strategic planning, technical marketing, and competitive analysis for semiconductor, intellectual property, and associated design tool companies. Warren has authored more than 100 conference papers, whitepapers, application notes, and magazine articles on a wide variety of topics and is a frequent blogger on the All Programmable Planet and Microcontroller Central websites and is the founder of the Chess FPGA project.
Email: warren@wavefrontmarketing.com


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Oct 1
2PM
October 1 - Day 2: Using SoC FPGAs as IP Integration Platforms
This class will show how SoC FPGAs can be used as IP integration platforms, delivering enhanced flexibility to the software developer. Hard IP for processors, peripherals, and memory can be combined with soft (fabric) resources for additional peripherals and algorithm acceleration. Example applications in motor control and automotive drive train controllers will illustrate how easy it is to create the optimal target platform for embedded software development.
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Oct 2
2PM
October 2 - Day 3: Using SoC FPGAs as ‘C’ Implementation Platforms
Modern SoC FPGAs can be used as platforms for ‘C’ language-based software development to further hide ‘hardware’ details from the software-centric developer. Tools such as SDK for OpenCL promote software-centric design and result in implementations that exploit both hard CPUs and fabric-based accelerators. An example design for Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) will be used to illustrate the tool flow for ‘C’ based development.
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How to Select Drives for Robotic Applications  
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Tuesday, April 29 - Thursday, May 1
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Apr 29
2PM
April 29 - Day 1: A Systematic Approach to Drive Selection
This class will provide a framework for drive selection. We will review the general requirements of drives used in robotic systems. We will deal systematically with the selection criteria of an individual axis, including power and mechanics, as well as control and environmental aspects.
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Urs Kafader  
Dr. Urs Kafader works and lives in Sarnen, Switzerland. He has a physics degree and an MBA from the Federal Institute of Technology, ETH ...  
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Urs Kafader
Urs Kafader

Dr. Urs Kafader works and lives in Sarnen, Switzerland. He has a physics degree and an MBA from the Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, and a doctorate from the UHA Mulhouse in France. He started his career at the ETH Solid State Physics Department working on the epitaxy of semiconductor heterostructures and also attended lectures on general didactics and specialized training for technology education. For more than 15 years, Dr. Kafader has been responsible for technical training at maxon motor. In this function, he has presented many training courses and seminars for the maxon staff and customers. He also wrote a textbook titled The Selection of High-Precision Microdrives.


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Apr 30
2PM
April 30 - Day 2: DC Motor Data Sheets & Selection Rules
This class starts with a short review on DC motor design types and their properties. We will look at the operational limits of DC motors and their behavior. A practical motor selection example will illustrate what we have learned up to this point.
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May 1
2PM
May 1 - Day 3: Multi-Axes Control Architectures
The next step in complexity is combining several axes to perform a coordinated motion. This class reviews the different concepts that can be used. The motion control example for a delta robot illustrates how high-level multi-axes control can be achieved.
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Plastic Bearings Can (and Do) Outperform Metal Bearings  
Sponsored by igus
Tuesday, August 12 - Thursday, August 14
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Aug 12
2PM
August 12 - Day 1: Plastic vs. Metal
You may be surprised to hear the applications that are taking advantage of plastic bearings. While metal may still win out in some cases, plastic bearings can be just as effective and reliable as metals, if not more so. Learn the differences in technologies and how to decide which material is best for the task at hand.
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Nicole Lang  
Nicole started at igus in 1998, moving to iglide inside sales in 2004. She is a 2001 graduate of Roger Williams University, where she ...  
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Nicole Lang
Nicole Lang

Nicole started at igus in 1998, moving to iglide inside sales in 2004. She is a 2001 graduate of Roger Williams University, where she also earned her law degree. In 2007, she was promoted to National Product Manager for iglide plastic bearings. Nicole regularly travels to igus HQ in Germany for intensive technical training, which she can pass on to her staff. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and daughter.


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Aug 13
2PM
August 13 - Day 2: The Right Plastic Bearing Material for Any Application
Plastic bearings can be found in everything from sterile lab equipment to heavy-duty offshore equipment. Discover a range of plastic bearing materials and geometries that suit this wide array of applications. From hot to cold, and occasional light-duty movements to constant, extremely heavy loads, there’s a plastic material developed to conquer just about anything.
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Aug 14
2PM
August 14 - Day 3: Problem Solving With Plastic Bearings
Problem-solving day: Plastics can solve some really complex problems in the trickiest applications. Learn about a range of tricks and tools that are available to help find the solution to bearing issues in your applications. Discover a range of free tools and databases that can help discover the best solution for applications with special considerations and requirements.
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Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
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