Presentations (Hardware Development)

At this two day event there will be a series of technical presentations given by industry experts; developers with real-world, hands-on experience. They will be sharing their knowledge and experience whilst discussing new technologies, current challenges and future trends.

(Visit Device Developers' website for software focused presentation)

This event is co-located with The UK Device Developers' Conference

Day 1 - Presentations

Day 2 - Presentations

More presentations information to follow shortly .



Presentations Day 1



9.30 - 10.10am

JTAG Boundary-scan essentials - What you need to know

This presentation starts from the beginning and explains how IEEE Std 1149.1 works and why it was developed by the JTAG committee over 25 years ago.


We will then explain what can be achieved with JTAG/boundary-scan on today's designs and also look at subsequent developments such as 1149.6 and testing via JTAG core access and 'embedded instruments'.

Presented by James Stanbridge of JTAG Technologies.

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10.15 - 10.55

10 Things Hardware Engineers Can Do to Make Software Development Easier

Hardware development can be a tough business, with a lot of crucial decisions to make that relate to the overall functionality and performance, power usage, heat dissipation, longevity and reliability and budget restrictions.

However, with so many issues to juggle, the choices made during the hardware design phase can sometimes bring about later problems for software developers. This might be because the chips chosen do not have adequate device driver support, or it might be that the estimates of the amount or memory and storage are too low. Or, it could result from failing to fit ports to support debugging.

This talk draws on the experience of the speaker gained while working on a wide range of projects. It identifies ten particular pain points and suggests how they could be avoided. Chris will be presenting the software developer's perspective, hoping that hardware developers in the audience will find it useful and informative

Presented by Chris Simmonds of 2Net

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11.30am - 12.10

Live Demo: Capture and debug of high-end FPGAs in live operation

The Exostiv FPGA real time data capture and analysis techniques are intended to give engineers unparalleled observability of FPGA designs running at operational speeds, enabling fast and efficient debug for Lab / R & D use.

Targeted at Xilinx and Altera devices, this methodology uses the FPGA's multi-gigabit transceivers (MGTs) to flow captured data to external memory, allowing unprecedented total capture lengths - 200,000 times more FPGA operation time than standard embedded instrumentation tools. The session will cover the implementation of this on example hardware, including event triggers, live signal capture and data analysis.

Presented by John Barnard of Telexsus.

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13.20 - 14.00

Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes Address Mixed Domain Application Challenges

Analog and digital engineers have different needs when it comes to waveform measurements, and have had to choose different oscilloscopes optimized for their respective tasks.

Engineers working on digital systems tend to focus on the oscilloscope sampling rate, memory depth, bandwidth, advanced triggering and analysis features, while resolution, precision, noise and spurious free dynamic range (SFDR) are critical specifications for validating analog elements of a design.

Pico Technology has recognized the different requirements and developed the PicoScope 5000 Series of Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes that combine a precision 80 dBc SFDR analog front end with a reconfigurable 8/12/14/15/16 bit, 62.5 MS/s to 1 GS/s A-D converter and a huge 500 Msample memory!

While many oscilloscopes boast some kind of “bandwidth for resolution” trade-off to improve resolution, the Pico approach is very different and far more effective. The PicoScope 5000 Series oscilloscopes use multiple 13 bit ADs simultaneously that can be configured by the user to optimize the oscilloscope for the type of measurement being made. The technique is equally effective for repetitive or single-shot waveform captures.

Join Stuart Murlis Applications Engineer from Pico Technology in a series of live demonstrations that embrace the mixed domain application challenge.

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14.05 - 14.45

The Use of SD/microSD in Embedded design using SPI mode and SD Mode – Benefits and Pitfalls

Due to their relatively low cost and small size, SD cards and the diminutive microSD offspring are widely used in Embedded and Industrial designs. But do they lend themselves to this use and where should we draw the line?

Form factors built around 2 interfaces with different benefits being progressed at different rates of development - what can we expect from them, and with the new generation for the consumer market, will Embedded use be left behind?

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15.15 - 15.45

Securing M2M communications in an IoT system

With the growth of IoT and the concept of independent machines talking to each other, security of the network and operation is of paramount importance. To guarantee this security, cryptography can be used in the form of digital certificates or public key certificates to prevent man in the middle attacks.

In a Public Key Interchange, an enrolment process and validation of the used keys is required before communication can be established. This needs to be done in a power, space and memory efficient way in hardware. One way of doing this is to use Elliptic curve cryptography. The premium S grade SmartFusion2 devices (M2S060S, M2S090S, and M2S150S) have a built-in ECC hardware accelerator (that is, NIST-defined P-384 curve) to support public-key cryptographic techniques for key establishment.

This application example demonstrates the ability of the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA device to self-enrol in PKI and obtain a digital certificate to securely exchange messages with
another device in the PKI to meet the security challenges of wireless M2M communications in an IoT system.

Presented by Peter Trott - Snr FAE - Microsemi

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Presentations Day 2


9.30 - 10.10am

Capacitive Touch Screen Technology
- A Developers' Guide

All capacitive touch screens (CapTouch) work well in demos and on the bench. It is when they are installed in real world applications where the problems can start occurring.

This presentation will provide delegates with the information and solutions needed to ease this implementation.

This presentation will explore what options are out there and how they work. It will also discuss such topics as CapTouch Installations, the effect of flexi tail, bezels, power supply matters, cover Glass implications, thickness, types of materials, types of bonding, Cap Touch stylus options, palm rejection, gloved operation, water Immunity and tuning processes.

IDS will also be presenting some new CapTouch screens which offer much higher immunity to many of the problems faced, and some newly developed software
that will keep your systems running smoothly.

Presented by Adrian Amor - Director at Intelligent Display Solutions (IDS)

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10.15 - 10.55

A New Kind of Open Source Hardware for IoT products

Project mangOH designs deliver 90% of your prototype out-of-the-box so that software developers can effortlessly build reliable IoT solutions and hardware designers can customize it to create new hardware IoT devices easily.

MangOH designs are built around the following components:

• CF3™ socket compatible processors, including wireless processors (2G to 4G & LTE-M)
• Legato open source Linux-based embedded platform designed to simplify connected IoT application development
• IoT Connectors based on industrial-grade QSFP+ interface to adding any combination of wired, wireless, and sensor technologies in both prototypes and final products
• Industrial-grade onboard components or footprint compatible options to quickly turn prototypes into final products
• Support for other open hardware projects (ie. mangOH Green has Arduino compatible connectors to support Arduino compatible shields).

This presentation will highlight the technical concepts of both the MangOH hardware and Linux-based Legato software which, when combined, make a unique development platform to prototype and build commercial IoT solutions.

In addition to the presentation, a hands-on workshop will be hosted by Linkwave & Sierra Wireless to allow developers attending the session to experience the development and prototyping of an end-to-end sensor-to-cloud IoT application. More info...

The presentation will be held by Thibault Cantegrel, Director, Developer Program at Sierra Wireless.

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11.30am - 12.10

Developments in the ARM Cortex-M Processor Family

The last 12 months have been an important time for the ARM cortex-M processor family with the introduction of the Cortex-M7 processor and announcement of the ARMv8-M Architecture. Just over a year ago ARM announced the Cortex-M7, a step change is processor performance for small microcontrollers.

The Cortex-M7 is now available in standard microcontrollers from Atmel, NXP and ST.  This presentation will introduce the key features of the Cortex-M7 including its CPU enhancements and changes to the memory architecture including tightly coupled memory, on chip caches and the new AXI bus.

ARM have also announced the ARMv8-M architecture which is a future roadmap for new Cortex-M processors. Most importantly ARMv8-M includes TrustZone technology which will form the security foundation for connected devices and the Internet of Things. This presentation will also review the ARMv8 architecture and provide an introduction to TrustZone for Developers.

Presented by Trevor Martin of Hitex

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13.20 - 13.40

10 Questions That You Should Ask Your PXI Test Solution Provider

Moving from a development or qualification test solution to a production test solution can be a daunting task with considerations that may not be appreciated at engineer or management level. Getting this process right will release your expensive engineers from supporting production and let them get on with the next project.

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Covering all the main areas for consideration from implementation through compliance and on to future proofing.

Presented by Karl Miles of The Peak Group

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13.45 - 14.25

Hardware Security Challenges and Solutions

As devices become more connected then the security risks increase and this creates new design and verification challenges. For many markets, such as those where safety is a concern, this can create significant barriers to entry.

This talk will first consider some typical hardware security risks and their impact on hardware design. The talk will also consider the verification challenges they raise, and then go onto to outline potential solutions to those challenges.

Presented by Mike Bartley, CEO of TVS

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