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Implementing Motor Control Designs with MCUs and FPGAs: An Introduction and Update  
Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 13
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Mar 9
2PM
March 9 - Day 1: An Introduction to Motor Control
Motor control is a pervasive application for MCUs and a growing application area for FPGAs and thus has significantly influenced the evolution of these devices. This introductory class provides a quick overview of the markets, devices, key features and development environment available for modern MCU devices.
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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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Mar 10
2PM
March 10 - Day 2: Motor Control Algorithms
Motor control algorithms have evolved over the last several years to take advantage of the increased processing power and features available on modern MCUs and FPGAs. This class provides a short history of motor control algorithms, showing how key MCU and FPGA capabilities have enabled new, more efficient algorithms.
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Mar 11
2PM
March 11 - Day 3: Device Features and Functions
Motor control algorithms have some common functions and peripherals that are key elements in any motor control implementation. This class provides an overview of several of the most common and useful MCU and FPGA features that enable motor control implementations, presenting some common application examples.
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Mar 12
2PM
March 12 - Day 4: Software Tools
Once the hardware features are understood, it is useful to see what software tools and techniques are available to simplify the development of common motor control algorithms. This class provides an overview of some of the common tools through some typical application examples.
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Mar 13
2PM
March 13 - Day 5: Development Kits and Reference Designs
MCU and FPGA manufacturers often provide complete reference designs to help accelerate motor control implementations; some kits even provide example motors. This class wraps up the course by demonstrating some development kits and reference designs that might be appropriate for your next design.
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Getting Hands-On with Cypress’ PSoC  
Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Mar 30
2PM
March 30 - Day 1: The World of PSoC
The Programmable System-on-Chip is a user-friendly rapid development platform used by engineers (and educators and Makers) to design products for the consumer and industrial markets. An overview of the PSoC’s architecture will be explained, along with a presentation of the examples illustrating the use of this Programmable System-on-Chip component.
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Don Wilcher  
Don Wilcher is a passionate teacher of electronics technology and an electrical engineer with 26 years of industrial experience. He's ...  
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Don Wilcher
Don Wilcher

Don Wilcher is a passionate teacher of electronics technology and an electrical engineer with 26 years of industrial experience. He's worked on industrial robotics systems, automotive electronic modules and systems, and embedded wireless controls for small consumer appliances. He's currently developing 21st century educational products focusing on IoT (Internet of Things) for makers, engineers, technicians, and educators. He's a Certified Electronics Technician with ETA International, book author, and Design News Moderator. 


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Mar 31
2PM
March 31 - Day 2: Getting Started with PSoC
This session will include a discussion on how to start using PSoC for electronics project prototyping. Definitions of key terms used in the development of PSoC projects will be explained along with the differences between the PSoC Designer and PSoC Creator development tools. In this class, we will look at a hands-on project of controlling a LED with PWM (pulse-width modulation) using a PSoC.
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Apr 1
2PM
April 1 - Day 3: PSoC and Physical Computing
The PSoC is capable of being used in a multitude of applications and products. One design technique that allows PSoC to be interactive within its environment is known as physical computing. Definitions of physical computing and examples will be examined in this session. We will also show you how to build a touch interface using Cypress Semiconductor’s CapSense technology.
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Apr 2
2PM
April 2 - Day 4: PSoC BLE Part 1
The ability to improve process and product performance using wireless techniques is a driving force of product innovation today. Cypress Semiconductor’s PSCoC BLE -- for Bluetooth Low Energy -- is a development platform that provides such innovation for engineers working in the consumer and industrial markets. In this session, PSoC BLE will be introduced via the PSoC BLE Pioneer Kit. The highlight of this session will be a PSoC BLE CapSense proximity sensor project.
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Apr 3
2PM
April 3 - Day 5: PSoC BLE Part 2
This final session is a continuation of the PSoC BLE CapSense proximity sensor project. In this last class, you will walk away with the knowledge of how to connect the integrated circuit with the CySmart PC tool using the CapSense proximity sensor discussed in the Day 4 class. Lastly, the Make PSoC BLE challenge will be presented, as well.
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Programmable Logic - How do they do that?  
Monday, January 12 - Friday, January 16
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jan 12
2PM
An Introduction to Programmable Logic
Programmable logic starts first with the technology used to implement the configurable logic that makes up a programmable logic device. This class will review the primary technology used to implement the configurable elements common to all programmable logic devices.
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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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Jan 13
2PM
Programmable Logic - Switches and Logic
Once the underlying configuration technology is understood, it is important to understand how the logic elements and their associated switches are implemented. This class will give some examples showing how logic elements and switches can be used to create a general purpose programmable fabric used in most modern devices.
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Jan 14
2PM
Programmable Logic - Specialized Functions
The general purpose nature of programmable logic switches and logic elements are very flexible, but inefficient for implementing common high-level building blocks for most digital sub-systems. Most programmable logic devices add some fixed function elements to avoid these inefficiencies and this class will describe the most common ones.
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Jan 15
2PM
Programmable Logic - Adding Processors
An even higher level of specialized logic that is being added to many high-capacity programmable logic devices are complete MCU subsystems. These ‘hardened’ blocks have processors, memory and peripherals- all the elements needed for a complete processing subsystem and the programmable logic can be used for many custom features.
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Jan 16
2PM
Programmable Logic - Software Tools
How do the software tools translate your design into the configuration bit streams needed to configure your programmable device? This class will provide an introduction to many of the key parts of the common tool flows and an understanding of how they interact with the hardware infrastructure described in the previous classes.
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IPv6 for Micros – Hands-On  
Monday, January 26 - Friday, January 30
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jan 26
2PM
January 26 - Day 1: IPv6 for Micros: IPv.6 Review and Defining Our Project
A review ofIPv.6 and its major differences from IPv.4, including some of the challenges of implementing it on smaller microcontrollers. We will also look briefly at IPv.6’s role in the developing standards for the IoT and how we may wish to use our design to be a part of that network. We will then define our project and what we’ll accomplish for the week.
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Charles J. Lord  
Charles J. Lord, PE, is an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 30 years' experience in system design and development in ...  
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Charles J. Lord
Charles J. Lord

Charles J. Lord, PE, is an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 30 years' experience in system design and development in medical, military, and industrial applications. For the last eight years, he has specialized in the integration of communication protocols into clients' products, including USB, Ethernet, and low-power wireless including ZigBee. He has taught classes in these protocols for Freescale, Renesas, various universities and conferences including ESC, and his previous company, Triangle Advanced Design and Automation. He has been a design partner with Freescale, Microchip, and Renesas. He earned his BS in electrical engineering from N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C. and provides training and consulting services through his company, Blue Ridge Advanced Design, in Asheville, N.C.


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Jan 27
2PM
January 27 - Day 2: IPv6 for Micros: Setting up the Development Environment
Our “hands-on” environment for this class will consist of the inexpensive Freescale FRDM-K64F development board, the Kinetis Development System IDE (downloadable free from Freescale), and the FNET open source IPv.6 stack that is downloadable from Sourceforge.net. We will look at the setup needed to develop our defined project, as well as some tools we will need, such as Wireshark.
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Jan 28
2PM
January 28 - Day 3: IPv6 for Micros: Project Phase I – Ping, TCP, UDP
We will begin our development by setting up and testing out some simple IPv6 functions: Ping, Neighbor Discovery, and the sending and receiving of simple TCP and UDP packets.
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Jan 29
2PM
January 29 - Day 4: IPv6 for Micros: Project Phase II – Simple Web Server
One common function of M2M or IoT nodes is to use HTTP to communicate via simple web pages. This allows a sensor (and perhaps control) node to interface with a human via a web browser as well as with other machine nodes. We will design and build a simple web server on our target board to monitor a single input variable.
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Jan 30
2PM
January 30 - Day 5: IPv6 for Micros: Testing Our Design and Looking at Other Sources
For our final day we will wrap up by testing out our design and seeing if we met our objectives with the IPv6 stack that we chose. We will then look at IPv.6 solutions from other sources, including stacks included in currently available real-time operating systems (RTOS).
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Embedded Development Using Microchip Microcontrollers and the CCS C Compiler  
Monday, February 9 - Friday, February 13
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Feb 9
2PM
February 9 - Day 1: Little Microcontrollers Doing Big Things with CCS C
Microchip has recently announced a number of 8-bit microcontrollers that contain the Enhanced Mid-Range Core. This lecture will demonstrate how to exploit the advanced features of these new microcontrollers using the CCS C Compiler.
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Fred Eady  
Fred Eady is the owner of EDTP Electronics, which was established in 1988 following the publication of his first magazine article. Since ...  
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Fred Eady
Fred Eady

Fred Eady is the owner of EDTP Electronics, which was established in 1988 following the publication of his first magazine article. Since the formation of EDTP Electronics, Fred has written thousands of magazine articles. He has written for all of the major electronic magazines, including Radio Electronics, Electronics Now, Nuts and Volts, Servo, MicroComputer Journal, and Circuit Cellar. To date, he has authored four books and contributed to a fifth. He currently works as a PIC microcontroller consultant and is a Microchip Authorized Design Partner. Fred also authors monthly columns in Nuts and Volts and Servo magazines. His customers include machine shops, specialty startup companies, medical machine manufacturers, coin-operated device businesses, and various other research and development companies. He has a very close working relationship with Microchip Technology, the manufacturer of PIC microcontrollers, and has taught Ethernet and WiFi classes at Microchip's annual Masters Conference.


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Feb 10
2PM
February 10 - Day 2: Embedded USB Tasks with CCS C
When it comes to embedded USB with a PIC microcontroller, you namethe task and the CCS C Compiler can probably do it. Today, with the help of the CCS C Compiler, we will breathe life into USB-enabled PIC devices. We will use the CCS C Compiler to create a USB bootloader, a USB HID class device, a USB CDC device and a USB-to-serial converter device.
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Feb 11
2PM
February 11 - Day 3: The Internet of Things According to CCS C
TCP clients and servers have become the “thing” in the embedded world. The Microchip PIC microcontrollers have the necessary hardware attributes to participate in this new “world” and the CCS C Compiler has the firmware tools to support them. After today’s lecture, you will be able to use the CCS C Compiler to fling bits around on LANs, WANs and the internet.
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Feb 12
2PM
February 12 - Day 4: Bluetooth on Your Phone Courtesy of the CCS C Compiler
Bluetooth Low Energy technology is bringing phone-based sensor monitor and control applications to the forefront. Putting together the embedded hardware and sensor firmware is the relatively easy part. Placing those pretty widgets on the phone’s LCD and communicating with them can be tricky. This lecture will show you how the CCS C Compiler simplifies embedded BLE programming on the PIC as well as the phone.
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Feb 13
2PM
February 13 - Day 5: Coding Smart Module Device Drivers with the CCS C Compiler
The CCS C Compiler has a wealth of built-in serial EEPROM, serial SRAM, real time clock and digital potentiometer IC drivers, enabling creation of unique device drivers for AM/FM data radio modules, WiFi modules, Bluetooth modules, sensor modules, digital control modules and LCD panels. The CCS C Compiler also can code an interface between the smart module and a PC application. This lecture will demonstrate how driver coding can be done quickly.
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Baremetal C Programming for Embedded Systems  
Monday, February 23 - Friday, February 27
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Feb 23
2PM
February 23 - Day 1: C Concepts for Embedded Systems
This session will review important concepts every developer needs to understand when developing an embedded system using C. These concepts will form the foundation for topics the rest of the week. These concepts will include a look at scope, proper register access techniques, understanding complex declarations, function pointers, memory allocation, interrupts and assertions to name a few. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the fundamentals of C and some advanced concepts too.
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Jacob Beningo  
Jacob Beningo is a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) whose expertise is in firmware for embedded systems. He works with ...  
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Jacob Beningo
Jacob Beningo

Jacob Beningo is a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) whose expertise is in firmware for embedded systems. He works with companies to decrease costs and time to market while maintaining a quality and robust product. He has successfully completed numerous projects such as architecture design and review, bootloaders, design and implementation, software process improvement and training across multiple industries including automotive, consumer, defense, medical and space. He blogs for EDN.com about embedded system design techniques and challenges.  He is an avid tweeter, a tip and trick guru, a homebrew connoisseur and a fan of pineapple! Jacob holds Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering, Physics and Mathematics from Central Michigan University and a Master's degree in Space Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Feel free to contact him at jacob@beningo.com or at his website www.beningo.com.


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Feb 24
2PM
February 24 - Day 2: Baremetal Scheduling Techniques
It isn’t uncommon for developers to default to a real-time operating system (RTOS) when developing an embedded system. As it turns out there are a number of scheduling techniques that can be used to achieve real-time performance before an RTOS is even necessary. This session will explore baremetal scheduling techniques, RMA theory and analysis while peering into the time domain of the microcontroller. Attendees will be equipped with an expert understanding of scheduling techniques.
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Feb 25
2PM
February 25 - Day 3: Driver Design Techniques
This session will walk attendees through three different methods for developing drivers. The methods will start with the simplest and least reusable through an advanced technique that is easily portable to multiple systems. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to use bit manipulation, structures and unions in driver design, in addition to portable driver design concepts and example driver source.
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Feb 26
2PM
February 26 - Day 4: Design Patterns for Firmware
This session will demonstrate common design patterns that are used to develop embedded software. A continuation of driver design concepts will be presented to include a discussion on blocking vs non-blocking drivers with a reusable SPI driver example. There will also be a look at data handling techniques such as circular buffer implementation, leaving the attendee with functional, reusable code that can be used in their next design project.
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Feb 27
2PM
February 27 - Day 5: Writing Portable Code
One technique to minimize project costs and time to market is to leverage a reusable code base. A code base usually isn’t developed overnight and requires careful thought and consideration in order to maximize the benefit. This session will cover how to develop a reusable code base starting with the design of APIs. An example will be provided on how to create a portable EEPROM chip driver that pulls together concepts and source from the GPIO and SPI drivers in earlier sessions.
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