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Speaker: Thanh Tran

Challenges in High-Temperature Embedded Systems Design

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
4:00 PM  to 5:00 PM

1064  George R. Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Oil & gas industry is the driving force behind pushing embedded technologies beyond what the technologies were intended for. The embedded designs, including analog, digital, algorithms, firmware and operating systems, have to go through rigorous testing at temperatures much higher than the specified limits to guarantee successful down-hole operations. The operating temperature is as high as 200 degrees Celsius and the electronics not only have to be fully functional in this high temperature but have to accurately detect and measure the signals in extremely noisy conditions where power supplies are severely contaminated by electromechanical motors’ noise varied from low voltage low frequency to high voltage high frequency.

In this seminar, we demonstrate techniques to design reliable embedded platforms, including DSP and communication, and discuss challenges in today’s state-of-art technologies for down-hole applications and high temperature electronics design and simulation.

Host: Joseph Cavallaro

Biography of Thanh Tran:
Dr. Thanh Tran has extensive experience in embedded systems and computers design and in engineering management. He is currently a senior technology manager at Halliburton in Houston, Texas where he is managing a hardware and firmware team to develop embedded platforms, including down-hole monitoring and communication systems, for oil and gas exploration applications. Prior to joining Halliburton, he was a CTO of New Emerging End Equipment and hardware engineering manager in DSP Systems at Texas Instruments (TI). At TI, he was leading a team to develop new innovative concepts, including automotive infotainment, smart grid, video conferencing, remote gaming and other multimedia/communication systems. He has held other senior design positions at Compaq Computer, ReplayTV, Eagle Wireless, Bose Corporation and Zenith Electronics Corporation. He holds 23 issued patents and has published one book, High Speed DSP and Analog System Design, and over 22 contributed articles. Tran, an IEEE Senior member, currently serves on the International Consumer Electronics Conference Technical Program Committee and the IEEE SoC Steering Committee. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Rice University where he is teaching digital/analog embedded systems design. Tran received a BSEE degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois in 1984, and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas in 1995 and 2001 respectively.

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