Course TTb: The Engineering of Reliable Embedded Systems

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Course TTb has a focus on the use of ‘Time-Triggered’ (TT) architectures to support the development of software for embedded systems in any sector where reliability is an important design consideration.

The programming examples discussed during the course are in the ‘C’ language.

Techniques for the development of reliable embedded systems are – clearly – of great concern in safety-critical markets (e.g. the aerospace, medical and automotive industries), where system failures can have immediate, fatal, consequences. However, as embedded processors become ever more ubiquitous, safety concerns now have a great impact on developers working in a much wider range of sectors, even those designing apparently “simple” household appliances (for example, manufacturers need to ensure that the door of a washing machine cannot be opened by a child during a “spin” cycle, and must do all they can to avoid the risk of fires in “always on” applications, such as fridges and freezers).

Reliability is – of course – not all about safety (in any sector). Subject to inevitable cost constraints, most manufacturers wish to maximise the reliability of the products that they produce, in order to reduce the cost of warranty repairs, minimise product recalls and ensure repeat orders.

The techniques taught in Course TTb have been applied successfully in designs ranging from household goods to satellite systems.

Attending Course TTb will be of particular benefit to organisations that need to develop systems in compliance with international safety standards, such as IEC 61508, ISO 26262, DO-178C, IEC 62304, ISO 13849, IEC 60335 and IEC 60730, up to ‘SIL 3’ level or equivalent.

[This page was last updated: 2017-01-20]

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Course delivery options

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  • TTb can be delivered on your company site (anywhere in the world) on dates of your choosing.
  • TTb is occasionally offered as a 3-day public training course in the UK: please contact us for information about course dates.
  • TTb can be taken as part of the SafeTTy Certified programme (Level 2).
  • TTb can be taken as part of a cost-effective SafeTTy Solutions™ package.

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How many people do you need to train?

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We have experience providing effective training solutions for organisations that need to train 100+ people – and for organisations that need to train just one person.

Please contact us to discuss your precise requirements.

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Course brochure

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For full information about TTb, please refer to the course brochure.

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Trainer biodata

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This course is presented by Dr Michael J. Pont.

Michael was awarded a BSc degree (in Electronics and Electrical Engineering) by the University of Glasgow (UK) and a PhD (in Computer Science) by the University of Southampton (UK). He is the author of several successful books and more than 100 technical papers: he is named inventor / co-inventor on a number of patents. He has given invited presentations (including “keynote” and “plenary” talks) at a large number of international conferences.

Michael has been working in the field of time-triggered (TT) embedded systems for more than 20 years. He began this work in the academic sector, latterly as Professor of Embedded Systems Engineering at the University of Leicester (UK). During his time with the University of Leicester, Michael supervised more than 20 successful PhD projects.

Michael has helped numerous companies to create successful TT designs. Many of these designs have been produced in compliance with international safety standards and guidelines (including IEC 61508, ISO 26262 and DO-178).

Michael currently serves as Executive Director of SafeTTy Systems Ltd.

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Further information

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Please contact us if you have any questions about Course TTb.