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Clive "Max" Maxfield

Clive "Max" Maxfield received his B.Sc. in Control Engineering from Sheffield Hallam University in England in 1980. He began his career as a designer of central processing units (CPUs) for mainframe computers. Over the years, Max has designed all sorts of interesting "stuff" from silicon chips to circuit boards and brainwave amplifiers to Steampunk Prognostication Engines (don't ask). He has also been at the forefront of electronic design automation (EDA) for more than 30 years. Max moved to America in 1990. Max's numerous technical articles have appeared in a wide variety of electronics and computing magazines, and he has held contributing editor and executive editor positions for many of these publications.

Mindboggling Technologies of Today and Tomorrow

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One of the great things about being me (in addition to my dashing good looks and trend-setting sense of style) is that -- based on the fact that I write about high-tech topics for various online publications, coupled with my providing technical writing and consulting services to a cornucopia of high-tech companies -- I get to hear about many of the latest and greatest technologies before they appear on the market (I also get to write long sentences).

Even better, I’m not tied to any subject sector or technological territory; instead, I’m free to meander around gathering noteworthy nuggets of knowledge and tasty tidbits of trivia. At any particular time, you may find me learning about something like a new artificial intelligence neural network processor, after which I might find myself up to my armpits in virtual reality, and just a little later I could well be feasting my orbs on next-generation camera-sensor combos that are only 1 mm thick for use in state-of-the-art machine vision systems -- and all of this before I’ve had my breakfast.

In this presentation, we will take a tour around a curated selection of the weird and wonderful things I’ve been exposed to recently, including anything I’ve found interesting or has made me exclaim, “Ooh, Shiny!” As is usually the case in my presentations, we will be leaping from topic to topic with the agility of young mountain goats, so I urge you to dress appropriately and responsibly.

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MicroTalks Session #2

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In this MicroTalks Session:

#1: CRC Algorithms
Speaker: Frida Gail Rojas Contreras

#2: What the FAQ is Switch Bounce & Debounce?
speaker: Max the Magnificient

#3: How to Migrate to a New FPGA Device Manufacturer
Speaker: Glenn Kirilow

#4: Why Real-Time Systems Need a Real-Time Database
speaker: Steven Graves

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Live Q&A - Mindboggling Technologies of Today and Tomorrow

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Live Q&A with Clive "Max" Maxfield for the talk titled Mindboggling Technologies of Today and Tomorrow

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Not Your Grandmother's Embedded Systems

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Since this is a conference about embedded systems, and assuming most of the attendees have something to do with developing these systems, one might think there is some level of expectation that everyone taking part could agree on a definition as to exactly what is (and isn’t) an embedded system. Ah, if only life were so simple.

In this wide-ranging presentation, Max will first rend the veils asunder and make you look at embedded systems from a new perspective. Next, he will briefly consider the evolution of embedded systems leading to today’s state-of-the-art embedded technologies. Finally, he will cogitate, contemplate, and ruminate as to where we are headed in embedded space (where no one can hear you scream).

Max warns that participants will be leaping from topic to topic with the agility of young mountain goats, so he strongly recommends that attendees dress appropriately.

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Live Q&A - Not Your Grandmother's Embedded Systems

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Live Q&A with Clive "Max" Maxfield for the talk titled Not Your Grandmother's Embedded Systems

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What the FAQ is an FPGA (2020)

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A lot of people design embedded systems. Some of them are the hardware design engineers who create the boards. Others are the software developers who program the boards. The one thing that most of them have in common (apart from mutual distrust of each other) is that they predominantly use microcontrollers (MCUs) as the primary processing element in their designs.

Most of them have heard of FPGAs, but all they typically know is that these devices can be programmed to perform different functions -- they don't know how. Similarly, most of them have heard about languages like Verilog and VHDL, but all they typically know is that FPGA designers use these languages to capture the design -- they don't know how these hardware description languages (HDLs) differ from programming languages like C/C++.

In this presentation, engineer, writer, and communicator Max The Magnificent (a legend in his own lunchtime) will rend the veils asunder and reveal all. Max says that we will be leaping from topic to topic with the agility of young mountain goats, so he urges attendees to dress appropriately.

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Live Discussion - What the FAQ is an FPGA (2020)

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This is your chance to chat with Max about FPGA's, Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Science Fiction, and any of your other burning questions.

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