Part V: Circuit Boards & Systems

Electronic components like integrated circuits are incredibly useful - but not when they're in isolation. The unsung hero of the electronics system world is the circuit board, which connects everything together. In this session, we will discover the origin of printed circuit board technology;...
July 27, 2012 - 2:00pm EDT

Part IV: Programmable Devices

In this session, we consider the earliest forms of programmable logic devices (PLDs), including PROMs, PLAs, PALs, and GALs, many of which are still in use to this day. Next we consider the evolution from simple PLDs (SPLDs) to complex PLDs (CPLDs). Also, we consider the problems with ASICs/SoCs...
July 26, 2012 - 2:00pm EDT

Part III: Chips & Packages

In this session, we discover different types of ICs, including analog, digital, mixed-signal, and radio frequency (RF). We will also introduce the concepts of microprocessors (MPUs), microcontrollers (MCUs), programmable devices (SPLDs, CPLDs, and FPGAs), and ASICs/ASSPs/SoCs. Different forms of...
July 25, 2012 - 2:00pm EDT

Part II: Analog vs. Digital

In this session, we will discover the difference between the analog and digital domains; the wide variety of analog sensor technologies that are available; the ways in which we can implement multi-value digital systems; the ways we sample analog values and convert them into their digital...
July 24, 2012 - 2:00pm EDT

Part I: Fundamental Concepts

We introduce fundamental concepts, starting with protons, neutrons, and electrons, leading to molecules, crystals, etc., which leads to the difference between conductors and insulators. We consider voltage and current, resistance and resistors, capacitance and capacitors, and inductance and...
July 23, 2012 - 2:00pm EDT

Part V: What You Need to Know About Determinism & Response Times

In this session we will discuss the concepts of determinism and response times, along with real-time operating system (RTOS) fundamentals. You'll also learn why and how industrial control systems need to consider things happening in real time, which requires immediate response to interrupts in a...
March 16, 2012 - 2:00pm EDT

Part IV: Understanding Control Programming - Graphical Languages

In this session, you will learn how control programming techniques have evolved, from early graphical ladder diagrams to modern graphical interfaces. You'll also learn about high-level programming concepts (both textual and graphical), which drive modern controller programming software packages.
March 15, 2012 - 2:00pm EDT

Part III: The Role of Human-Machine Interface (HMI)

In this session you will learn the main considerations behind designing the Human-Machine Interface (HMI), where interaction between operators and machines occurs. You'll learn how to effectively control the machine and utilize feedback in making operational decisions.
March 14, 2012 - 2:00pm EDT

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