Now you can earn IEEE Professional Development Hours by attending CEC courses.
  • New in 2018 for live courses, a downloadable calendar invite is available, register and visit each classroom page to download the invite.
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  • All classes will consist of a 45 minute lecture and an interactive chat session.
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Digi-Key Continuing Education Center, hosted on Design News, will get you up to working speed quickly in a host of technologies you've been meaning to study, but haven't had the time, via a series of 45-minute online lessons – all without leaving the comfort of your lab or office. Our faculty of expert tutors has divided the interdisciplinary world of design engineering into five dimensions: microcontrollers (basic and advanced), sensors, wireless, power, and lighting.

All of these topics will be tackled in a dedicated week of interactive tutorials where you can ask questions of the tutor, discuss knotty issues with your fellow students, and download a wealth of additional learning materials. (Don't worry if you can't attend a particular course live – seminars are also archived, and our online educational discussions take place 24 hours a day.)

Upcoming Classes

CEC Semester Thirteen 2018

User Interfaces and Industrial IoT – Hands-On

Mar 2, 20182:00pm EST
In our last class, we will look beyond the traditional built-in user interface to other methods of controlling and monitoring our devices in the IIoT. We will look at methods of providing remote consoles through web page interfaces and even a custom mobile/tablet app.
Mar 1, 20182:00pm EST
In our last class, we will look beyond the traditional built-in user interface to other methods of controlling and monitoring our devices in the IIoT. We will look at methods of providing remote consoles through web page interfaces and even a custom mobile/tablet app.
Feb 28, 20182:00pm EST
The complexities of some IIoT applications require sophisticated user interfaces beyond the simple inputs and outputs that we covered so far. Integrated touch-screen graphical LCDs now allow us to effectively build a tablet or mobile handset into our devices, but developing these can be daunting...
Feb 27, 20182:00pm EST
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...
Feb 26, 20182:00pm EST
The Industrial IoT (IIoT) has its own set of challenges as it often involves mission-critical components. In many cases this includes the device’s ability to be operated by a user or to locally display status or data. In our lead-off class we will look at some of the more common application areas...

IoT Development Tools for PIC32

Feb 2, 20182:00pm EST
The final lecture of this series goes cellular. We will use the MikroElektronika EasyPIC Fusion v7 Development Board to make a call using a GSM click board.
Feb 1, 20182:00pm EST
It’s tree hugger day. We will utilize the MikroElektronika EasyPIC Fusion v7 Development Board to monitor the environment and transmit the data using a BLE2 click module.
Jan 31, 20182:00pm EST
Bare metal IoT design is the theme of the day. In today’s lecture we will sing out of tune and, without the aid of MPLAB Harmony, craft a PIC32MZ EF microSD click board driver. While we’re at it, we will also teach the PIC32MZ EF to sense temperature and humidity using a DHT22-2 click board.
Jan 30, 20182:00pm EST
Today’s lecture will expand upon the capabilities of the PIC32MM0064GPL036. We will mount a PIC32MM0064GPL036 PIM on our Explorer 16/32 Development Board and use the MPLAB software tools to create firmware capable of driving even more MikroElektronika click boards including a GPS click module.
Jan 29, 20182:00pm EST
The first lecture of this series will introduce you to the Microchip PIC32MM Curiosity Development Board. We will utilize the latest versions of MPLABX, the XC32 C compiler, and the Microchip Code Configurator to assemble IoT firmware packages that drive the PIC32MM Curiosity’s PIC32MM0064GPL036...