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June, 2017 - Vol 10, Issue 1

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IEEE High Plains Meeting
IEEE Denver
Agile HW Development
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IEEE High Plains Meeting
Joe Olson, Traffic engineer will speak on the "Smart" aspects of the traffic control system in Fort Collins and conclude with a tour of the traffic operations center. The Traffic Operations Building is North of New Belgium Brewery.
Date June 15, 2017
Time 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where 626 Linden St., Fort Collins, CO

Please register as space is limited.
Website IEEE High Plains Section

IEEE Denver Dine and Learn
Machine Learning and Neural Networks 
Ron Kneusel of Harris Corporation
Dr. Kneusel will present an overview of the current state of the technology and discuss the essence of what machine learning and neural networks are, what is exciting about new approaches to neural networks, particularly in the context of object detection in imagery.
Date June 13, 2017
Time 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Rock Bottom Brewery, 10633 Westminster Blvd #900 Westminster, Colorado United States 80020

Please register as space is limited.
Website IEEE Denver Events

Agile Hardware Development
   CEPD has been applying aspects of the agile software development process to hardware development successfully for over 20 years with our Engineering process . We call it rapid prototyping.
Rapid Prototyping allows for shorter design cycles and gets hardware in the hands of testers much faster, allowing for real-world feedback sooner. Finding design issues early on reduces development cost and risk.  In this age of miniaturization, the first proof of concept and prototype units do not fit in the final form factor, they are larger, to allow for ease of assembly and test.
   One of the key metrics to determine whether or not a rapid prototyping approach is best for your hardware design is the solidity of the requirements. If the hardware requirements are well known and defined or built upon a previous product generation, then a waterfall approach makes sense. If they are expected to change or are partially defined, then an agile approach makes sense. We're comfortable working with either approach.
   The keys to rapid prototyping development are modularity, quick-turn PCB designs, and test iterations to debug and verify designs. We design, debug, and test modules. We then integrate them into the overall design and retest. Evaluation kits and simulation tools are extremely useful in this regard, and allow the software and firmware developers to get a hands on, head start with their jobs. Software can proceed in parallel with the hardware development while the custom circuit board is being created.
   There is a point at which the hardware development becomes a waterfall; when the schematic design is complete and the layout begins. From this stage on, until there is a manufactured product, hardware changes become increasingly costly and time consuming, because they often result in work being thrown away and redone with each change. Focusing on a solid hardware architecture, the use of programmable devices such as microcontrollers,  PLDs and FPGAs, and leaving the option for changes through the Bill of Materials, helps to mitigate those costs and delays.
It is not only is it possible, but advantageous to apply aspects of agile design principles to hardware design.
   See how CEPD can speed up your development by contacting us to discuss your design idea or needs. info@cepd.com  or (303) 415-1112. -CC

If you would like help developing a new product or if your projects are understaffed, CEPD can help. Our staff draws on years of diverse product design experience to provide creative and timely solutions for your product needs. Some of our specialties include:
  • Technical Project Management
  • Embedded Systems Hardware and Software
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • Data Acquisition
  • Wireless Sensor and Telemetry Systems (Zigbee, Cellular, VHF, Bluetooth, ANT+, etc.)
  • Control Systems
  • Programmable Logic: FPGA / PLD
  • Analog Circuit Design
  • Switching Power Supply Design
  • Battery Charging (all Chemistries)
  • PCB Design and Layout
  • Analysis, Test and Documentation
We provide cost effective and expedient design options for our clients, regardless of the project's complexity.  Our detailed proposals, accurate estimates and time schedules will help you manage each phase of the project. 
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