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Engineering Principles behind Advanced User Interface Technologies  
Monday, November 3 - Friday, November 7
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Nov 3
2PM
November 3 – Day 1: Introduction to Advanced User Interface Technologies
Join this discussion on modern electronic input interfaces in analog and digital realms, including digital open state conditioning (pull-ups and pull-downs), matrix and multiplexing, scanning technologies, linear joystick, mouse, and an overview of touch. We will also touch on modern high volume display and indicator technologies.
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Jon Gabay  
Jon Gabay is a mad scientist with no hostility. He doesn't want to rule or blow up the world. He wants to make it a better place. ...  
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Jon Gabay
Jon Gabay

Jon Gabay is a mad scientist with no hostility. He doesn't want to rule or blow up the world. He wants to make it a better place. Studying electrical engineering, he has worked with defense, commercial, industrial, consumer, energy, and medical companies as a design engineer, firmware coder, system designer, research scientist, and product developer. As an alternative energy researcher and inventor, he has been involved with automation technology since he founded and ran Dedicated Devices Corp. up until 2004. Since then, he has been doing research and development, writing articles, and developing "Gizmo Blocks" for next-generation engineers and students. 


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Nov 4
2PM
November 4 – Day 2: Advanced User Interface Technologies: A Deeper Look at Touch
Touch technologies are the fastest growing technology in modern devices. Anything that has a display had better have some form of touch, and several flavors exist. This day of the course looks at different touch technologies, how they work, and what is needed to interface to them.
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Nov 5
2PM
November 5 – Day 3: Advanced User Interface Technologies: Streaming Signal Interfaces
Real time acquisition and processing of data opens the door to usable speech technology as well as camera based 3-D gesture detection. Speech can be speaker dependent (as in security applications), or speaker independent as in general command interfacing. 3-D gestures can direct operations, especially in the next generation of wearable computers.
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Nov 6
2PM
November 6 – Day 4: Advanced User Interface Technologies: Presenting Information
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then video is worth 1,000 pictures if the video is clear and usable. Handhelds as well as desktop use 2-D displays, but is that changing? Today, we will examine projection systems, virtual image technology, and the emergence of holographic display systems.
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Nov 7
2PM
November 7– Day 5: Advanced User Interface Technologies: Futures and Bio Mechanoids
Science fiction comes true more than any other type of fiction and science fiction has been warning us as to what we can become if we don't take precautionary steps to guard our humanity. In this last class day, we will discuss VR, implants, neural interfaces, and the constant connectivity we are already beginning to embrace.
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Protect your Hardware from Hacking and Theft  
Monday, November 10 - Friday, November 14
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Nov 10
11AM
November 10 – Day 1: Stealing and Hacking Your Design is Easier than You Think
This class will review key concepts from the December 2013 class and lay the groundwork for describing the implementation details you need to be able to select, program and design with devices you can use to protect your valuable IP. Protection from reverse engineering, copying, cloning, hacking and tampering will be the focus of the course.
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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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Nov 11
11AM
November 11 – Day 2: How do you Implement Secure Hardware?
This class will cover the key techniques used by modern devices to protect design IP from the most common threats. Starting with simple approaches to tamper protection, and then moving on to protection from copying and cloning, this class will begin to introduce key devices and features needed to successfully protect your design.
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Nov 12
11AM
November 12 – Day 3: Secure Devices - An Overview
This class will review several of the current devices that include security capabilities that can be used to protect your design from hacking and theft. Some MCUs, FPGAs and CPUs now include key security features that can be used to protect your design. Additionally, specialized peripherals, memories and accelerators are also available for adding protection. Examples of all of these devices will be described.
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Nov 13
11AM
November 13 – Day 4: Protecting Your System in the Field
Once your hardware is deployed it’s a target, either directly by “invasive” probing of the actual board or via network based attacks. Protecting your hardware from these threats requires additional levels of protection and more complex algorithms and techniques. Luckily manufacturers provide simplifying features and capabilities that can be used to protect field deployed systems.
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Nov 14
11AM
November 14 – Day 5: An Example Implementation in Detail
This class will pull together information from all the previous classes and illustrate the described techniques using a detailed example design. Several techniques outlined in the previous classes will be used to protect the example design from tampering, reverse engineering, copying and from network-based attacks on security keys and boot blocks, which are two of the most common and most aggressive forms of remote attacks.
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Analog Design for the Digital World  
Monday, November 17 - Friday, November 21
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Nov 17
2PM
November 17 – Day 1: Analog Design for the Digital World: Op Amps – Ideal, Reality, and Embedded
We will start with a review of the ideal versus the real-world operational amplifier (opamp or op amp) and how to specify and basic usage of the op amp. With the new trend to include op amps in many new microcontroller chips, we will look at the caveats and proper usage of these analog circuits that are included in digital controllers.
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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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Nov 18
2PM
November 18 – Day 2: Analog Design for the Digital World: Resonant Circuits and Filters
In this class, we will look at the RLC resonant circuit, both designed and parasitic. Then we will use these circuits with op amps and other active circuits to build some simple filters. We will touch on the differences between these analog active filters and ‘equivalent’ digital filters.
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Nov 19
2PM
November 19 – Day 3: Analog Design for the Digital World: Grounding and Shielding
Ground loops, digital noise, EM radiation are all issues that we must face in mixed-signal design and test. In this class we will look at some of the design principles of keeping digital, near field, and RF noise out of our analog circuits.
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Nov 20
2PM
November 20 – Day 4: Analog Design for the Digital World: A/D and D/A
As much as we want to keep our analog and digital circuits separated, we still need them to talk to one another. In this class, we will look at the different types of analog to digital (A/D or ADC) and digital to analog (D/A or DAC) converters and some of the tradeoffs as well as design criteria.
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Nov 21
2PM
November 21 – Day 5: Analog Design for the Digital World: Design and Test
For our final day we will wrap up by looking at the challenges of designing as well as testing analog circuits, particularly in mixed signal design. We will look at analog design and simulation tools including SPICE (around since the mid-70’s!), test methods including probe loading considerations and other topics.
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An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design  
Monday, December 1 - Friday, December 5
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Dec 1
2PM
December 1 – Day 1: Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture
This session will introduce what an embedded software architecture is and what it is not. It will provide an overview of some basic software architectures used in real-time embedded software development. Attendees will walk away with the knowledge of why designing a software architecture up front is critical to successfully develop a product in addition to the basic steps to go about identifying the architecture that should be used.
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Jacob Beningo  
Jacob Beningo is a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) and lecturer who specializes in the design of reusable and ...  
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Jacob Beningo
Jacob Beningo
Jacob Beningo is a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) and lecturer who specializes in the design of reusable and configurable embedded software. He has successfully completed projects across a number of industries including automotive, defense, medical, and space. He enjoys developing and teaching real-time and event-driven software using the latest techniques and tools. 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.

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Dec 2
2PM
December 2 – Day 2: Software Architecture using UML
A number of techniques have been developed over the years to assist engineers in designing an architecture that meets their system requirements. One tool that has been extremely popular is the use of UML. This session will explore the use of UML to design an embedded software architecture. The UML toolset will be explored such as the use of sequence diagrams, state machines, state charts and more!
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Dec 3
2PM
December 3 – Day 3: Understanding Embedded Software Architectures
This session will explore real-world considerations when designing an embedded software architecture. Real world examples will be given and comparisons made between different architecture types that solve a problem but may or may not be the correct architecture of choice. Examples include polling, interrupts and event driven systems.
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Dec 4
2PM
December 4 – Day 4: From Architecture to Implementation
Getting the right architecture is important but putting that architecture into practice is just as critical. This session will walk through how to take an architecture and move it into the design and implementation phases. Tips and tricks will be provided on how to make the transition with the result being an elegant and robust software system.
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Dec 5
2PM
December 5 – Day 5: Software Architecture of a UAV
This session will summarize and review everything that was discussed in previous sessions by examining the software architecture of a UAV. These fascinating flying systems have a lot going on and wouldn’t be scalable and reusable if it weren’t for the proper design and selection of the right software architecture.
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An Introduction to Web Application Security  
Monday, December 15 - Friday, December 19
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Dec 15
2PM
December 15 – Day 1: Web Application Security: Introduction to AppSec
This introductory session will touch on major AppSec concepts and definitions, and why having an AppSec strategy is critical for any company who has valuable data that is accessed either publicly on the internet or within the confines of the your company's network.
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Daniel Somerfield  
Daniel Somerfield has over 15 years of experience developing software for retail sales, corporate communications, enterprise ...  
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Daniel Somerfield
Daniel Somerfield

Daniel Somerfield has over 15 years of experience developing software for retail sales, corporate communications, enterprise development, and IT security and compliance. In 1997 he co-founded ISNetworks, a company specializing in digital signature and encryption technologies. While CEO of ISNetworks, he and business partner Jess Garms co-wrote several articles and a book titled "Professional Java Security" published by Wrox Press in 2001. He currently lives in San Francisco, working as a consultant at ThoughtWorks.


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Dec 16
2PM
December 16 – Day 2: Web Application Security: Injection
Probably the best known and among the most dangerous of exploits, injection vulnerabilities can result in information disclosure, tampering, denial of service, and elevation of privilege. This session will mostly focus on SQL injection but will address others forms of injection including NOSQL database injection and OS command injection.
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Dec 17
2PM
December 17 – Day 3: Web Application Security: Vulnerable Authentication & Session Management
Most web applications require some sort of authentication and authorization but how do credentials need to be protected while in transit and at rest? This class will address those issues as well as the tradeoffs between security and convenience that need to assessed and addressed.
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Dec 18
2PM
December 18 – Day 4: Web Application Security: Cross-Site Scripting (Script Injection)
In order to prevent Cross-site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities from occurring, developers must be very careful about where data comes from and how it is rendered. On Day 4 we will talk about processes and strategies for avoiding this class of vulnerability.
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Dec 19
2PM
December 19 – Day 5: Web Application Security: Secure Development Processes
Does your Software Development Lifecycle have a stage for discovery and mitigation of vulnerabilities? Is it at the beginning, the end, or throughout the process? Today we will address how to apply prevention and mitigation to your personal and company processes.
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Designing With ARM Cortex-M4 (& a Real Dev Board)  
Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jul 7
2PM
July 7 - Day 1: An Introduction to the ARM Cortex-M4 Architecture
This class provides a quick overview of the ARM Cortex-M4 CPU architecture and how to use the key features to more efficiently implement common MCU-based designs. A comparison to other ARM CPU families will help round out your understanding of this important CPU family.
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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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Jul 8
2PM
July 8 - Day 2: An ARM Cortex-M4 Design Example
This class will use the STM32F3 M CU family as an example implementation using the ARM Cortex-M4 CPU. The interactions between the CPU and many common peripherals will set the stage for designing efficiently with a wide range of ARM Cortex-M4 implementations.
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Jul 9
2PM
July 9 - Day 3: Understand the ARM Tool Flow
The tool flow for programming the STM32F3 MCU family will be described and the process for downloading and running example designs will be shown so that the interested student can follow along using their own versions of free, downloadable tools.
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Jul 10
2PM
July 10 - Day 4: Build Your Own ARM-Based Product!
Example designs offered with the DISCOVERY kit will be described and used to illustrate some of the types of designs the ARM Cortex-M4 is specifically efficient at implementing. At the end of this class the student should be comfortable running example designs themselves.
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Jul 11
2PM
July 11 - Day 5: Tying Up the Loose ARM Ends
This class will bring together all the material covered in previous classes to discuss some designs suggested by students to see how they might be implemented most efficiently. Existing reference designs using the STM32F3 family will be used as the starting point for customization efforts.
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Design Products With Bluetooth Low Energy  
Monday, July 21 - Friday, July 25
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jul 21
2PM
July 21 - Day 1: The Out-of-the-Box Bluetooth Experience
Today’s lecture will feature the Ana ren B-SMART BoosterPack development tool. The BoosterPack will be coupled with a Texas Instruments MSP430 LaunchPad development board to provide a working out-of-the-box MSP430-to-iPhone Bluetooth application. No Bluetooth or MSP430 knowledge is required.
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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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Jul 22
2PM
July 22 - Day 2: Coding a Hardware Abstraction Layer
In today’s discussion we will define Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) functionality and code a specialized HAL for the Digilent ChipKIT MX3’s PIC32MX320F128H microcontroller.
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Jul 23
2PM
July 23 - Day 3: Creating Schemas to Develop a Bluetooth Link
A schema is simply a description of available embedded resources. Today we will create a schema based on the embedded resources of the Digilent ChipKIT MX3 development board. We will also examine the firmware that is automatically generated as a result of the schema build process.
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Jul 24
2PM
July 24 - Day 4: Design & Assemble a Bluetooth Low-Energy Embedded Device
Today we will put on our hardware hats and design and assemble a home-grown Anaren A2541 BLE embedded device hosted by a PIC32MX695F512H. The reference design concepts exposed in today’s lecture can be applied to most any microcontroller that supports the C programming language.
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Jul 25
2PM
July 25 - Day 5: Application Emulation Using Em-Browser & an iPhone
Em-Browser gives the developer total control of the embedded systems resources. Today we will use Em-Browser and an iPhone to emulate and debug an application targeting our home-grown B-SMART PIC32MX reference design.
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Introduction to Linux Device Drivers  
Monday, August 4 - Friday, August 8
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Aug 4
2PM
August 4 - Day 1: Introduction to the Linux Kernel
This class will cover the basic aspects of the Linux kernel programming, and we’ll differentiate between the kernel and user space. It’s a well-known fact that there are certain norms to communicate between the kernel and user space. Hence, we’ll cover the APIs needed to enable this communication. In addition, we will look at how to load and unload device drivers on running systems.
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Khem Raj  
Khem Raj is an Embedded Linux Architect at Juniper Networks, a leading network equipment maker. His background includes hands-on product ...  
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Khem Raj
Khem Raj

Khem Raj is an Embedded Linux Architect at Juniper Networks, a leading network equipment maker. His background includes hands-on product development, R&D, and open-source software development. Khem is a member of the Advisory Board for Yocto Project as well as the Technical Steering Committee for OpenEmbedded project. He also maintains angstrom distribution and default distribution for the beagleboard.org family of devices. He is an active contributor to many open-source projects ‒ e.g., OpenEmbedded, Yocto Project, uClibc, Crosstools, etc. ‒ and actively maintains core pieces of the Yocto Project build system, including Toolchains. Khem is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and gave the keynote at The Yocto Project Developer Day held at Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2013 and presented at ARM technology Conference 2013.


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Aug 5
2PM
August 5 - Day 2: Linux Character Device Drivers
Character drivers are fundamental driver types in the Linux kernel, while the byte-oriented driver is referred to as a character driver. Majority of device drivers in Linux fall into this category. We will learn about character drivers and run through a sample character-driver development. The basic file operations and creation will be taught as well.
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Aug 6
2PM
August 6 - Day 3: Serial Drivers Using Linux
The serial port is a basic communications channel that’s used in many systems. In general, a UART is used to implement the serial ports. These ports can be used for terminal sessions, dialup, and devices that use a serial transport, including Bluetooth devices. In this class, we will learn about writing drivers for serial devices.
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Aug 7
2PM
August 7 - Day 4: Input Device Drivers With the Linux OS
In today’s class, we will learn about the Linux kernel’s input subsystem. This subsystem handles various input devices such as keyboard, mice, etc., with uniformity. An event interface is used to interface the input devices to specific applications. In addition, we’ll learn about the event system as well as device abstraction.
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Aug 8
2PM
August 8 - Day 5: Linux & Block Device Drivers
This final class will look at block devices, which are storage media that can handle random accesses. Unlike character devices, block devices can hold file-system data. In addition, we’ll discuss how Linux supports storage/block buses and devices.
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Embedded Software Development With Python & the Raspberry Pi  
Monday, August 18 - Friday, August 22
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Aug 18
2PM
August 18 - Day 1: Introduction to Python
This session will introduce the Python programming language. It will provide an overview of where to get it, how to install it, and why an embedded engineer should learn Python. Since most embedded engineers are familiar with C, an in-depth comparison between language syntax will be covered to help attendees quickly leap into this powerful language.
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Jacob Beningo  
Jacob Beningo is a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) and lecturer who specializes in the design of reusable and ...  
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Jacob Beningo
Jacob Beningo
Jacob Beningo is a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) and lecturer who specializes in the design of reusable and configurable embedded software. He has successfully completed projects across a number of industries including automotive, defense, medical, and space. He enjoys developing and teaching real-time and event-driven software using the latest techniques and tools. 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.

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Aug 19
2PM
August 19 - Day 2: Python Fundamentals
This session will present basic concepts on how to design embedded software using Python. Concepts such as lists, dictionaries, string, and file system manipulations are a few examples of what will be covered. How to develop object-oriented code and even how to import C code will also be presented. Example scripts will be provided so that attendees can follow along and take the language for a spin.
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Aug 20
2PM
August 20 - Day 3: An Overview of the Raspberry Pi (& Single-Board Computers)
This session will dig into the details of single-board computers and how they are revolutionizing how we do things. The famous Raspberry Pi hardware will be discussed in addition to how to set up the hardware for experiments in future sessions. This will include a look at available operating systems, tools, and expansion boards that can be used to quickly get a prototype system up and running.
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Aug 21
2PM
August 21 - Day 4: Controlling Raspberry Pi Peripherals With Python
Writing software can be fun, but when the software controls hardware and starts interfacing with the external world is when things really get going! The Raspberry Pi has a number of common interfaces that can be used to communicate with the external world and this session will cover how to use Python to access each of those interfaces. By the end of this session attendees will be ready to connect just about anything!
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Aug 22
2PM
August 22 - Day 5: An Internet of Things Weather Station Example
Sensor networks and moving data through the internet and web are becoming absolutely critical with concepts such as the Internet of Things on the near horizon. Each of the previous sessions have covered critical building blocks to create a system using a single-board computer. This session pulls it all together by providing an example weather station that interfaces to sensors such as humidity and temperature. The data is streamed through the Internet and accessible via a website.
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Get Ready for the New Internet: IPv6  
Monday, September 8 - Friday, September 12
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Sep 8
2PM
September 8 - Day 1: Background & Overview of IPv.4/IPv.6
We will look at the history of the Internet Protocol from the first public version (v.4) and the reasons for the transition to version 6.
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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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Sep 9
2PM
September 9 - Day 2: Features of IPv.4 vs. IPv.6
In this class, we will look at the traditional structure of IPv.4 and how this changes under IPv.6.
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Sep 10
2PM
September 10 - Day 3: Addressing in IPv.6
One of the primary reasons for IPv.6 is to answer the need for more addressing capability. Along with the new capabilities of the 2128 or approximately 3.4×1038 addresses, there are new methods for assigning addresses, assigning broadcast or multicast messages, and re-defining the previous concept of sub-nets. We will look at these new standards and how they compare to the methods under IPv.4.
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Sep 11
2PM
September 11 - Day 4: IPv.6: Traffic & Routing
With the elimination of the old concept of sub-nets and new routing protocols, IPv.6 provides more powerful routing capabilities, allowing more true end-to-end communications between any two nodes on the network. We will look at the new routing schemes, compare these to more familiar IPv.4 methods, and look at how the two can be made to work together through the lengthy transition.
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Sep 12
2PM
September 12 - Day 5: Co-Existing & Adopting IPv.6 - The Challenges
For our final day we will wrap up by looking at the challenges of making legacy IPv.4 equipment and traffic work alongside IPv.6-compliant systems, as well as some of the challenges of implementing IPv.6 in embedded systems such as IoT nodes.
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MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)  
Monday, September 22 - Friday, September 26
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Sep 22
2PM
September 22 – Day 1: An Introduction to MCU Software Development
This class provides a quick overview of the main software tools used in MCU development, with a focus on tools that can be used with the Atmel XMEGA AVR and the associated evaluation board. However, the general concepts apply to virtually any MCU.
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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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Sep 23
2PM
September 23 – Day 2: MCU Software Development: An Introduction to the Atmel AVR XMEGA & Explained Eval Board
This class will use the Atmel XMEGA MCU family and the associated evaluation board as an example target for our software development efforts. The interactions between the CPU and many common peripherals will set the stage for designing software efficiently with a wide range of MCUs.
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Sep 24
2PM
September 24 – Day 3: MCU Software Development: Understand the Software Development Flow
The tool flow for developing software for the Atmel XMEGA MCU family will be described, and the process for downloading and running example designs will be shown, so that interested students can follow along using their own versions of free, downloadable tools.
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Sep 25
2PM
September 25 – Day 4: MCU Software Development: Digging Deeper Into the Tools
Example designs offered with the evaluation board will be described and used to illustrate some of the detailed elements of the development tools, including some key “tricks” and “techniques” that improve development efficiency.
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Sep 26
2PM
September 26 – Day 5: MCU Software Development: An Example Design in Detail
This class will bring together all the material covered in previous classes to show an example design and take it through the entire tool flow. Students will be able to follow along using just the free software – or using the evaluation board if they have one.
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How to Design & Build an Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial  
Monday, October 20 - Friday, October 24
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Oct 20
2PM
October 20 - Day 1: Design & Build a 32-bit Embedded Web Server
Dive in by designing and scratch-building a 32-bit microcontroller-based web server. This Ethernet-based web server uses the LAN8720 PHY IC in the physical layer design. Along the way, we will put together just enough supporting firmware to bring our web server online.
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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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Oct 21
2PM
October 21 – Day 2: Design & Build an 8-bit Embedded Web Server
Today, try an 8-bit Ethernet-based web server variant. Not everything needs the compute power behind a 32-bit web server. Once again, we will scratch-build the hardware and write some code to bring it online
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Oct 22
2PM
October 22 – Day 3: Embedded TCP/IP Concepts
Today’s lecture will cover basic TCP/IP concepts. We will also examine some common protocols that are used on LANs and the Internet. The TCP/IP concepts presented will be supported by actual Wireshark protocol analyzer captures.
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Oct 23
2PM
October 23 – Day 4: Building Interactive Web Pages
Web servers need web pages. In today’s lecture we will craft some web pages that will allow human and electronic web clients to access the resources provided by the embedded web server.
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Oct 24
2PM
October 24 – Day 5: Design & Build an Embedded WiFi Web Server
In this final lecture of the series, we will shed the wires and scratch-construct a WiFi-based web server. Along the way we will examine the differences in traditional wired web servers and wireless web servers.
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