Good overview and the course outline looks good. So as not to be labelled mere 'techies' or 'hardware weenies' I would like to see a few slides regarding concepts/strategies/approach/methods for when to transition the varying power modes. The rationale slides were good.
luthermcg- 68 year old P.E. ; BS Engineering Physics; 19 years in Forensic Engineering; 12 years of running my own business. Control engineering; Process Control for 25 years uning computers since 1970's. Some design of micro processor program and usage. Basic ,Assembly now learning C.
Skechy- The term Gated for the CPU clock basically means that the clock to the CPU is turned off (usually a gate is placed such that the clcok can be forced high or low- thus "Gated" off. This helps reduce dynamic current since nothing in the CPU will change state while the clock is Off.
Solar power is also a very interesting power source. It can be fairly complex, but there are some good devices to help with harvesting solar at low currents available. Look for this to be a big growth area.
FYI, the first link on the "resources" slide (WE Energy Harvesting brochure) doesn't work. The TinyURL redirects, but nothing comes up. Haven't checked the others. Also, can I request that you make them actual clickable hyperlinks?
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