ATI's Developing Embedded Systems
& Electronic Products course
- Systems Engineering. Basic elements of system engineering: process,
design, and development. The “big picture” perspective. Review the basic
steps: concept, requirements and specifications, design development,
prototyping and field testing, validation, verification, integration,
maintenance, and disposal.
- Fantastic Failures. Review some well-know disasters and failures, learn
what went wrong and how we can avoid the same sort of problems. Examine
some personal failures that bring these problems close to home and discuss
ways that you can recover to prosper once again.
- Architecting and Architectures. Examine how to use and integrate system
components and subsystems: interfaces, hardware, software, and tradeoffs.
Margin management, fault tree analysis, failure modes effect analysis,
dependability (which includes reliability, availability, maintainability,
supportability, and fault tolerance). Consider the basics of real-time systems.
- Documentation. Manuals, engineering notebooks, source code, presentation
materials, all the different ways that you can communicate a job well done.
- The Human Interface. User-centered design, elements of successful user
interfaces on equipment and products: cognition, ergonomics, utility, image,
and ownership. Sources of errors.
- Packaging. Environmental issues - temperature, vibration, shock. Design for
assembly and disassembly. Component packaging. Wiring and cabling.
- Grounding and Shielding. General principles of electromagnetic
compatibility (EMC), interference, and susceptibility. Four basic noise
coupling mechanisms: conductive, inductive, capacitive, and
electromagnetic. Grounding configurations. ESD.
- Circuit Design. Using basic principles of physics and shielding, we cover
circuit layout, PWB concerns, cable and connector selection and
configuration. Noise and error budgets. Low power design. Standard
interfaces. Design for manufacture and test.
- Power. Consider the different types of power converters and their advantages
and disadvantages. Power distribution and it affects design decisions. EMC.
Batteries. Alternative sources.
- Cooling. Mechanisms, types of heat transfer, and tradeoffs. Heat sinks and
heat pipes. Fans. Liquid cooling. Evaporation and refrigeration.
- Software. Good programming practices, process, real-time issues, and
limitations of software. Risk abatement and failure prevention.
- Review and Testing. Debugging, inspections, integration, validation,
verification. Passive components. Transistors. Op amps. Analog-to-Digital
converters. Digital components.
- Integration, Logistics, Maintenance, and Disposal. It ain’t over till it’s
over. Review what happens once a product leaves design and development.
Things to think about early in the process to prepare for a successful and
useful product life.
- Processes. Review good, thorough processes to develop medical devices,
military devices, and avionics. Explore standards such as the FDA Design
Control Guidance, DO-178B, and medical device certification.
- Scheduling and Estimation. Examine components needed to schedule and
- Build versus Buy. Factors in the decision: cost, quantity, resources,
expertise, specifications, time-to-market.
- Problems and Case Studies. Examples of tradeoffs. Sprinkled throughout
the lecture to illustrate specific points. You will have opportunities to
contribute your ideas for solutions to the problems.
Tuition for this four-day course is $1490 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to email@example.com.