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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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