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Building Raspberry Pi Controllers with Python  
Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jul 6
2PM
July 6 - Day 1: Introduction to Building Raspberry Pi Controllers
The Raspberry Pi is a user-friendly, credit-card-size, Linux-based computer that design engineers (and educators and Makers) can use as a rapid development platform to design products for the consumer and industrial markets. An overview of the Raspberry Pi’s architecture will be explained, along with a presentation of the examples illustrating the use of this credit-card-size, Linux-based computer.
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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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Jul 7
2PM
July 7 - Day 2: Introduction to the Python Programming Language
This session will include a discussion on Python, the purpose of the interpretive programming language, and the inventor who created it. A review of the Python IDLE (Integrated DeveLopment Environment) will be provided in this session. The discussion will also focus on Python 2, 3, and “sudo python” IDLEs. Also, basic hands-on scripting activities (building a simple calculator) on using Python will be presented in this session, as well.
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Jul 8
2PM
July 8 - Day 3: A Detailed Look at the RPi.GPIO Library
The Python library used in connecting the platform to the physical world for electronic controls is the RPi.GPIO code. In this session we’ll investigate the RPi’s GPIO (General Input Output) pins and how to enable them with the RPi.GPIO library. We’ll investigate how to install the library using LXTerminal/Linux commands. The final test of the RPi.GPIO library installation will consist of controlling an LED and reading an electric switch wired to the Raspberry Pi.
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Jul 9
2PM
July 9 - Day 4: Raspibot Board Part 1
The Raspibot board is an accessory controller that allows control of DC and stepper motors, LED matrices and LCDs, allowing basic mobile robots and electronic controllers to be built quite easily (uses the RRB library dev’d by Simon Monk). We’ll discuss the board architecture, a hands-on activity of installing the Raspibot RRB library to the Raspberry Pi, and how to operate two DC motors and onboard LEDs by way of sending simple RRB scripting commands to the board using the “sudo python” IDLE.
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Jul 10
2PM
July 10 - Day 5: Raspibot Board Part 2
This final session is a continuation of the Raspibot board discussion. We’ll take a look at how to create awesome visual displays using an LED matrix cube. A discussion of the cube’s construction and attaching it to the Raspibot will be presented. Final testing of the LED matrix cube with RRB and RPi.GPIO libraries will be discussed in this concluding session.
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Hands-on SoC FPGA Design  
Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Jul 20
2PM
July 20 - Day 1: An Introduction to SoC FPGAs
FPGAs with embedded processors are powerful devices, but can be complicated to design with. This class will introduce some example SoC FPGAs, the typical design flow, target applications and resources available to speed YOUR design.
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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 21
2PM
July 21 - Day 2: Downloading, Installing and Running Design Software
This class will go step by step through the process of obtaining and using a typical SoC FPGA design tool chain. The Xilinx Vivado 30-day evaluation will be used and students are encouraged (optional) to download and install the software to follow along with the rest of the classes.
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Jul 22
2PM
July 22 - Day 3: A Simple Example Design
A simple example design is used in this class to demonstrate the use of the processor oriented tools in the Vivado tool suite. The on-chip processor will be configured and some simple code will be used to demonstrate how to go from an idea to a working application.
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Jul 23
2PM
July 23 - Day 4: Targeting the Development Board
In this class the process of targeting an existing development board will be demonstrated. Students without the board will still be able to follow along with the class and will see a working application using the software debugger.
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Jul 24
2PM
July 24 - Day 5: Processor and FPGA - The Full Flow
An example, suggested by the students, will illustrate the full development flow from project definition to a running design with selected screen shots in the class PPT. Students with the software or hardware can follow along as a homework exercise.
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