@dave: serial with FPGA as master means that the FPGHA is in charge of loading a serial bitstream from the outside world (usually a Flash memory chip). Parallel with FPGA as master is the same, but using a multi-bit-wide bus
Parallel with FPGA as slave might be using an external MCU to load the configuration data into the FPGA... etc
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.