I just heard that my old friend Dr. DSP (a.k.a. Warren Miller) will be providing a series of free online classes as part of the Digi-Key Continuing Education Center.
The title of this course is Exploring Application Specific Programmable Logic Devices. The course will take place for 1 hour a day for five days Ė Monday June 10 through Friday June 14. (Donít worry if you canít make one of the sessions, you can always catch up with the archived version later Ė the only downside to the archived versions is that you canít ask any questions in the live Q&A session at the end of each of the lectures.)
A course overview and details of each session are shown below. Also, you can Click Here to register (sign up now before all of the good seats are taken :-)
Application-specific programmable logic devices have extended the reach of programmable technology to a wide range of non-traditional applications. Not just for digital logic replacement, these application-specific devices combine non-programmable functions, analog capabilities, timing circuits and other specialized hardware to target specific applications that generic programmable devices canít address. This course will provide a detail overview of many of these new devices and will show specific examples of applications where these devices are being used today. Some possible future application-specific devices will also be presented as an online discussion topic. For those unfamiliar with traditional CPLDs and FPGAs, the first class includes an overview so the following classes can be easily understood.
Day #1: An Introduction to Application Specific Programmable Logic Devices
Application specific programmable logic devices are extending the reach of programmable devices into non-traditional applications. This class will provide an overview of the various technologies used and applications being addressed by non-traditional programmable logic devices.
Day #2: Programmable Analog Part 1
One of the first class of application specific programmable logic devices combined analog circuits with digital programmable logic. These devices address the increasingly complex area of power management and similar applications. This class will provide a detailed description of several of these types of devices and will show specific examples of their use.
Day #3: Programmable Analog Part 2 and Timing
Programmable analog functions are continued in this class along with some of the devices used for programmable timing and clock generation. This class will provide a detailed description of several of these types of devices and will show specific examples of their use.
Day #4: Fixed Function MCUs with Programmable Fabric
Adding fixed functions to programmable logic devices is not new but the most recent crop of devices with fixed function MCUs are now addressing more targeted applications. As higher-level software functions and even Real Time Operating Systems (RTOSís) can be easily included the device reach is extending to specific, targeted applications. This class examines the types of features included and the types of applications these devices are now targeting.
Day #5: Programmable Devices with a New Twist
A few devices strike out from the familiar programmable logic territory in the search for the Ďnext big programmable thingí (NBPT). This class will cover some of these new devices and concepts. But on your life vest because this is white water rapids country!
About Dr DSP
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 weekly blogger on the All Programmable Planet website.
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