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SPL 2012 Tutorials

Tutorial 1

March, 20th - Tuesday 

09:00h - 12:30h

Title: Implementing Embedded Systems in FPGAs using Qsys 

Fábio Petrassem de Souza (DHW Engineering)

Tutorial Summary: This workshop will focus on the hardware aspects of the creation of Embedded Systems using the Nios II 32-bit processor and Qsys. It will include pratical demonstration using Quartus II and a development kit that allows the designer to easily create and test a new design with an integrated soft-core processor. 

Short Bio: Fábio Petrassem de Sousa graduated in 1995 in Electrical Engineering at UFSC (Brazil), Fabio has specialized in Digital Logic designs (mainly based in programmable logic technology) and worked in several technology companies in Brazil for 6 years (1995-2000). After working during the year 2000 in Sao Paulo as a Field Applications Engineer for the Altera distributor in Brazil, he was invited to join the Altera Corporation development team, at the Altera European Technology Centre in the UK, as a Senior Hardware Design Engineer. For 5 years he was responsible for designing hardware in all levels, from silicon to application. While working at Altera Fabio was also a Project Coordinator and Team Leader, publishing papers and creating patents for the company. In 2006 Fabio returned to Brazil to open DHW Engineering to provide consultancy in hardware and software projects, creating a large portfolio of applications and customers in Brazil and abroad. DHW has also formalized a partnership with Altera Corporation on both Design Services and Training, as part of the ACAP and ATPP programs. In 2009 DHW was chosen to be the Altera Representative in South America, and Fabio is currently the Director of the company.


Tutorial 2

March, 20th - Tuesday

14:00h - 17:30h



Title: Digital TV – The challenges of a New Media 

Altamiro Amadeu Susin (UFRGS, Brazil) 

Tutorial Summary: This tutorial will present Digital Television (DTV) as a new communication system that, since it is replacing the analog system, adds up new functionalities. DTV history will be briefly contemplated as a means to put the Brazilian DTV System (SBTVD) into context. This tutorial is focused on the processes of coding and decoding the source signal of digital videos. Technical requirements for these operations, as well as solutions proposed in the scientific literature, will be addressed, illustrated by lab experiments that explore the design space of digital systems in the search for attending the computational complexity associated to DTV. The final part will present questions that remain opened, such as the interactivity, the middleware, the production technology and content uses assimilation, and adequate equipment handling. Finally, a few perspectives of digital video towards new formats, such as ultra-high definition and 3D. Regarding digital convergence, DTV is enabling the exploration of new forms of distribution that differ from the old paradigm of a fixed, programmed content and unidirectional transmission from one to many, thus propelling the evolution of Information Technologies and Communication. 

Short Bio: Altamiro Amadeu Susin has an Electric Engineering Degree by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1972), a specialization in Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies by the Institut National Polytechnique of Grenoble (1979). He also has a Masters of Computing degree by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1977), a doctarate in Informatique by the Institut National Polytechnique of Grenoble (1981), and a post-doctorate by Mcgill University (1998). Currently he is a Titular Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He is experienced in the Electrical Engineering area, more specifically in Electric, Magnetic and Electronic Circuits. He is currently acting on the following subjects: Microprocessors, Integrated Circuits Architecture, Microelectronics, Vlsi.