Zapping intermittent bugs & other tips on building better designs -

Zapping intermittent bugs & other tips on building better designs


Organizers for the Embedded Systems Conference at EE Live! 2014 are highlighting a collection of valuable debugging courses. These sessions are meant to help engineers design better and more reliable systems from the start and successfully make it through the debug process without their heads exploding.

EE Live! 2014, which returns to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center this March 31 – April 3, features seven technical programs aimed at educating engineers in a variety of relevant and important areas. Its flagship event, the Embedded Systems Conference, features dozens of case studies, postmortems, panels, and tutorials. You can preview them all through EE Live’s Schedule Builder.

Several of the ESC sessions will examine debug techniques, taught by engineers who will share their practical, first-hand experiences. In Now You See Me, Now You Don’t! In Search of Peek-A-Boo Bugs, for example, Synaptics’ staff firmware engineer, Randy Leberknight, will discuss techniques for analyzing and tracking down the dreaded Intermittent Bug.

And in Design Reliability 101: Tips, Techniques, and How To, E2V’s head of engineering systems, Adam Taylor, will provide attendees with a good understanding of standards for reliable applications, considerations at the systems level for a reliable system architecture, and how to implement a design at the hardware and programmable/processor level. This session will look at the more common industry standards used for ensuring safe systems development and verification, too.

Eric Bogatin, signal integrity evangelist at Teledyne LeCroy, will discuss Costly Mistakes of Real-time Software Development in his talk. While it's easy to make a measurement, it's hard to make a measurement without artifacts. For this hands-on lecture demo, Bogatin will demonstrate the problems to watch out for and the right ways of probing high-speed signals on circuit boards.

EE Live! 2014’s organizers have also highlighted Debugging in the Latest Linux Kernels, delivered by The PTR Group's chief scientist, Michael Anderson. As more systems are being developed with Linux, the number of developers that need to understand the tools and techniques for debugging and profiling code in the kernel continues to grow. Anderson will walk attendees through the various subsystems and approaches for isolating bottlenecks, as well as monitoring and debugging Linux kernel code in the Linux 3.x kernels.

As a bonus, if you attend the Board Review Breakout session (presented by BlueTipz and Portable Score's founder Bob Baddeley) and share your PCB design, you'll get feedback and assistance in layout and component selection. We could almost guarantee at least one person in the room will save you days of work with one good suggestion.

You can still purchase an EE Live! 2014 All Access pass or an ESC Conference & Postmortems pass to attend these talks and many others at a discounted rate. Make sure to follow updates about EE Live’s other sessions, programs, and announcements on the conference’s social media accounts on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn, and Google+.

EE Live! and the Embedded Systems Conference are owned by UBM Tech, which also owns and EE Times.This article has also been published on EETimes.

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