Charles J. Lord

Charles J. Lord, PE is an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 40 years' experience in system design and development in medical, military, and industrial applications. For the last twelve years, he has specialized in the integration of communication protocols into clients' products, including USB, Ethernet, and low-power wireless including ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, LoRa, and Thread. He has taught classes in these protocols for Freescale, Renesas, various universities and conferences including ESC and Arm TechCon. He has been a design partner with Freescale/NXP, Microchip, and Renesas. He also teaches webinars for various clients on IoT and embedded systems topics. 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. He is a licensed professional engineer in NC and a senior member of the IEEE. In his volunteer work at the IEEE, he has served at many levels from local to regional to board committees. He is currently the chair of the IEEE Western NC Section, NC Council and was general chair of IEEE SoutheastCon 1995 and 2017.

October 26 – Day 5 – Writing and Testing Our Application

Now that we have our communication I/O designed, we will build and test a representative solution for our Industrial Internet of Things design in our final class. We also will look at how we can implement the safety and security features that will be needed for a robust IIoT solution.
October 26, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT

October 24 – Day 3 - Many Protocols, One Abstraction - GOAL

Meeting the challenge of designing an industrial controller or IIoT gateway is a daunting process when we are faced with multiple industrial Ethernet protocols. In our third class, we will look at the Generic Open Abstraction Layer (GOAL) from PORT GmbH. Provided by Renesas as middleware for their...
October 24, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT

October 23 – Day 2- Introduction to the RZ/N1

In our second class, we will investigate an innovative example circuit for interfacing with the myriad industrial Ethernet standards: the Renesas RZ/N1D chip and its development board set. The RZ/N1D is a multiprocessor system-on-a-chip that provides dual ARM Cortex-A7 cores for application...
October 23, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT

October 22 – Day 1 - The Challenges of IIoT and Industrial Ethernet

Today, factories and production facilities are becoming more advanced in order to improve productivity and safety. These advances are based on converting to open or Ethernet network communication. Several technical requirements demanded of the equipment used at factories include support for open...
October 22, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT

February 27 – Day 2 – Simple Interfaces that Aren’t So Simple

Many off-the-shelf microcontrollers include human-machine interface (HMI) circuitry to enable ‘simple’ inputs and outputs such as touchpads and segmented alphanumeric displays. However, implementing these features is not always easy or even straightforward. In our second class, we will look in...
February 27, 2018 - 2:00pm EST

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