Open.EmbebeddedNew and Different Way To Learn Embedded
Products Available Today Ask your parents about the changing technology of products that you use every day like - Telephone Air Con TV Micro Wave Oven Washing Machine Traffic Lights Elevators
Whats Now Landline phones comes with caller ID. Airconditioners comes with remote control, timer and sleep functions. Music is stored on Pen Drives and flash memory cards. Radio does not have any tuning knob, just switches to select next channel. Train fare gets deducted at the touch of a card of the size of visiting card and you can see the balance on display.
How Does It Happen It happen due to a small size chip popularly knows as micro controller. This is nothing but a computer in small size. With Built in processor, memory, ram, I/O devices, Timer like in a PC. It is programmed in C (or at times in Java or Python)
Let me share my experience The first micro processor that I used in year 1979 was Intel 8080 and it was really amazing. A few ic put togther can be programmed to do lot of things. Very soon it was 8085, less number of Ics and only 5V supply. The previous version required three supplies +12V, +5V and -5V. And then the wonder of wonders happened by 8048. Just a single ic compared to minimum of five for 8085.
How it progressed over the years During last few years, we have moved from OTPs / UVEPROM/MASK Ics to Flash programmed parts. From expensive emulators and programmers now there are low cost tools costing Rs 5,000/- or even upto Rs 1000/- each. Assembly level language is replaced by C and now there are lot of code generators that results in quick development.
What will happen in future Today you find PC in every home and office. And around 10 embedded controllers in every home in devices like car, motorcycle, micro wave over, washing machine, security systems and even voltage stabiliser. This figure is riseing and you will find even low cost devices like tube lights to be fitted with embedded controllers (by the way, we sold over 20,000 controller for a dimmable tube light ballast last year)
The Challenge Unfortunately things are not changing in our colleges. Specially when it comes to electronics. Today a CS students use laptop with i3 processor and work on Windows/Vista and learn Java and C# and .Net. However EC students still study 8051 that I learned when you were not even born. You will not find any commercial product using 8051 today.
What Industry is Using Like cars and mobiles and Tvs, there are multiple micro controllers and IDE. The range starts from 8 pin IC costing Rs 25/- upwards. Software is developed using variety of IDE and code generators. Focus is on speed and solution and not on simple and slow development.
What is GVC GVC is an electronic company Founded by Vinay Chaddha with 32 years of embedded experience Over 200 commercial products. GVC is incubated in Amity Univeristy Campus under a DST sponsered scheme. And has received seed fund of Rs 15 Lac from Ministry of Science and Technology And 5.25 Lacs from Ministry of MSME.
More about Vinay Vinay is an hoobyist. Believe in sharing knowledge. His first commercially successful product SET TOP BOX was put in public domain within 2 years. Another commercially successful product CALLER ID for landline was in open source domain withing six months. He has filed three patents till now.
What we are offering Training on Embedded thru Open.Embedded This is same as being provided to new engineers in GVC. Is latest, current and result in quick delivery of products.
How it is different Let me ask you a simple question – what do you want to do on day 1 when learning driving car How to change Tyre or How to drive first Similarly, we do not teach you about internals of micro controllers on day 1 (in fact, we start talking about internals only in last week).
What happens on Day 1 You get to start writing program, blink an LED, switch on/off bulbs, interface with PC, display your name on LCD Yes all this on Day 1 and you will understand how this is happening. And even make some changes and go thru the excitiment.
What happens in Week 1 You will be able to use at least three types of micro controller and three kinds of IDEs. And upto 10 different modules.
And in next few weeks With every passing week, you will develop more muscle and start working on complex modules and more complicated issues. And yes, speed will be slower in later weeks.
And by the time it is last week You will have access to GSM, USB port and upto 30 modules. And an opportunity to learn about internals.