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.

March 1 – Day 5 – Our Finished Board

In our final class, we will compare our finished board to the criteria we set forth and also compare the steps we had to take and differences for our two EDA tools, as well as for Altium Designer. We will look at the pros and cons of our different tools and be ready to choose our tools for our next...
March 01, 2019 - 2:00pm EST

February 28 – Day 4 – Creating our PCB Layout

Now that we have our schematic completed, we will move the netlist in both tools to the layout editor and create our PCB. We will quickly touch on the placement, routing, and auto-routing steps for each tool. At the end of this penultimate class, we will have a full set of gerber drawings to send...
February 28, 2019 - 2:00pm EST

February 27 – Day 3 – Creating our Schematic

In our third class we will use the parts we selected to create the circuit for our product. Using the symbols from our selected bill of materials (BOM), we will lay out the schematic for our product. We will show the steps for both EDA tools (CircuitStudio and KiCad) and compare the process for...
February 27, 2019 - 2:00pm EST

February 26 – Day 2 – Starting at the Beginning

In our second class we will establish the parameters for our finished circuit. Based on the specifications that we laid out in the first class, we will start our component selection, checking our supplier for availability and deciding on our packaging. We will compare the packaging selections to...
February 26, 2019 - 2:00pm EST

February 25 – Day 1 – Introduction to EDA and the tools

In our first day, we will briefly look at the design process from concept to PCB and will introduce our class project. We will look at the process for getting and installing each of the tools on our computers. We will then set our goal -- getting a finished PCB manufactured from our week's work.
February 25, 2019 - 2:00pm EST

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

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