EE Live! 2014 Hosting FPGA Engineering Boot Camp

eelive_conference_overview_fpgaEE Live! will introduce an FPGA Engineering Boot Camp to its selection of programs this year, responding to the growing interest among engineers in real-world field-programmable gate array implementations. This new, technology intensive program runs for two days and is taught by leading experts in the field.

This year’s EE Live! will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on March 31 – April 1. Celebrating the art and science of engineering, the conference offers dozens of educational sessions in which attendees can pick up new skills and learn about new technologies, awards ceremonies honoring the best and brightest in the industry, and plenty of networking opportunities. The FPGA Engineering Boot Camp is just one of seven programs featured at EE Live! 2014 — the others include an Android Engineering Certificate Program, the Black Hat Engineering Summit, and the Internet of Things Engineering Summit.

FPGA boot camp attendees will come away with practical, actionable information and be able to make informed decisions regarding:
* When FPGAs make good sense and when they don’t
* Common design mistakes and oversights
* How to estimate key design elements including resource utilization,
power consumption, schedule, budget, manpower, training expenses
* Which FPGA technology (FLASH, SRAM, OTP) is a better fit for their
targeted application
* How to allow their design to be supportable for the long term
* How to extend the life-expectancy of their programmable logic based
design.

The FPGA boot camp starts on the first day of EE Live!, and will begin by examining FPGA technologies and manufacturers, device-level blocks and resources, performance ranges, part and family migration, resource and power estimation, documentation, and key design decision interaction. Tools and language options including manufacturer and 3rd party tools, tool flows, design capture languages, graphical design capture, simulation, and tool-related resources and training will be discussed too.

The boot camp's speakers -- AllProgrammablePlanet.com's Editor-in-Chief Max Maxfield, Intuitive Research and Technology's Director Charley Fulks, and Avnet's FAE RC Cofer -- will go aver system-level topics such as schedule estimation, system architecting, hierarchy options, HW vs. SW tradeoffs and guidance, design reviews, and documentation on the first day. Board-level design topics like I/O standards, termination, SSI, decoupling, power sourcing, and component configuration will also be addressed. Design implementation flow will be presented along with design examples , common design mistakes, causes, avoidance, and recovery.

Day two of the FPGA boot camp will cover design life-cycle, design migration, life-cycle extension, design management (source and tool revision control), and design archiving. The speakers will also present options and considerations for embedded PGA processing with hard and soft cores, implementation of DSP algorithms within FPGAs (with example application implementations), and C-to-RTL tools. They will address integration and debug, long-term project support, system modeling, and technology trends as well.

You can purchase passes for EE Live! 2014 or just the FPGA Engineering Boot Camp now (All Access Passes do not include programs like the FPGA Engineering Boot Camp, the Super C++ Tutorial, or the Android Engineering Certificate Program). Follow updates about EE Live!’s other programs, sessions, and announcements on the conference’s social media accounts on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Google+.