FOSDEM '08 is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet.


Schedule: Design a Linux robot companion with 8 bits microcontrollers

David Bourgeois
Day Sunday
Room AW1.126
Start time 14:00
End time 15:00
Duration 01:00
Event type Podium
Track Embedded
Language English
Design a Linux robot companion with 8 bits microcontrollers

Ever got tempted to program those small 8 bits microcontrollers but were afraid at the first glance of a schematic?

David will be talking about his experience in designing and programming 8 bits embedded platforms with Open Source tools. He will attempt to demystify the electronic side of embedded projects by adopting a software developer approach. The Tux Droid Open Source robot will be used as an example.

A broad look at embedded design will be presented, from hardware design and realization to embedded programming and computer interfaces.

A more detailed walk-through will cover how to choose a microcontroller, peripherals, interfaces with various hardware blocks, major communication bus, development toolchain, JTAG or other in-circuit debugging techniques and interfacing your MCU with a computer.

David will finish with an overview of some end-user applications developed for the robot. These are good examples of how you could expand the power of small microcontrollers with the technology available from your computer.