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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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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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