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Wednesday, April 6 • 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Hardware Design for Linux Engineers - Grant Likely, Linaro

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Embedded Systems work is the art of merging software and hardware to build a device that interacts with the real world in useful, interesting, or beautiful ways. Those of us who do embedded Linux often spend a great deal of time on the software architecture, but may not have any involvement with the hardware development. Yet, having some hardware design knowledge makes for better software engineers. It helps to understand how to best drive the hardware, and it makes it possible to create your own hardware when needed.

Happily, the hardware world is rapidly adopting Open Source process. There are excellent open source tools, Git is being used for revision control, and there is an active and growing Open Source Hardware community. This session will provide an overview of hardware design, and how to take an idea all the way through the design process to a physical device in your hand.


Grant Likely

Fellow, Linaro, Ltd.
Grant Likely is a Linux kernel engineer and a Fellow at Linaro. He is perhaps best know for his work maintaining the Device Tree subsystem used by many embedded Linux systems, and for his current role as chair of the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board. At Linaro, Grant works in the Office of the CTO to help define system architecture. Occasionally he picks up a soldering iron and pretends to be a hardware engineer.

Wednesday April 6, 2016 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Harbor Ballroom G