Join ST and our Partners for the Technology Tour on April 25, 2019

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

1551 N Thoreau Dr
Schaumburg, IL 60173


Smart Things

IoT Security

Cloud & Connectivity


Motor Control

Smart Driving

Session 1 Abstracts

LPWAN (LTE & LoRa) IoT Solutions from ST

9:00 – 9:40
Presenter: Marc Hervieu, STMicroelectronics

This session will show ST’s LPWAN IoT Ecosystem for low power, low bit-rate cloud connectivity that is suitable for battery-powered devices. We will explore how ST-based starter kits for Verizon®, AT&T® and machineQ™ (a Comcast® company) simplify IoT embedded development and speed up time-to-market. The LPWAN technologies covered will be LTE Cat-M / NB-IoT (4G and 5G technologies) and LoRa® with use cases including sensor-to-cloud connectivity and GNSS tracking.

Wireless Charging in Consumer Applications

9:50 – 10:30
Presenter: Paolo Battezzato, STMicroelectronics

Inductive-based Qi wireless charging has become a standard feature in many mobile phones in the last few years, allowing users to cut “the last cord” and go completely wireless. It is now finding its way in personal electronics, wearables, industrial and medical applications. This segment will offer an overview of wireless charging basics and focus on the key aspects of the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) Qi standard. It will cover the solutions ST offers for both Transmitter (STWBC series) and Receiver (STWLC3x series), illustrating how they can be used to implement complete wireless charging systems in the power range from 1 W up to 15 W, including the support of proprietary fast charging methods for mobile phones.


10:45 – 11:25
Presenter: Paolo Battezzato, STMicroelectronics

The USB standard has evolved from a data interface capable of supplying limited power to a primary provider of power with a data interface. The new USB Type-C PD is now enabling a new ecosystem. Different use cases will be explained, showing implementations and major products involved.

Type-C Connector, the New Universal Interface?

11:35 – 12:15
Presenter: Ben Arden – Business Development Manager, Wurth Electronics

During this presentation by Wurth Electronics, attendees will see a demonstration of the USB-C connector and cable construction, USB 3.0 data/power delivery capabilities and evaluate calibration testing.

Ultra-low power, zero drift Operational Amplifiers for industrial and remote analog sensors

1:00 – 1:40
Presenter: Piercarlo Scimonelli, STMicroelectronics

Sensors in today’s world are extensively used to measure weight, read temperature, evaluate gas concentration, identify VOC, control speed and more. Although we live in an increasingly digital world, many sensors today are bound to operate in the analog domain. And most of them provide an extremely small signal that needs to be amplified before being converted into bits of digital information for processing and visualization. Precision operational amplifiers are the primary link between these analog sensors and the digital world.

In this presentation, the theoretical foundations of precision in operational amplifiers will be explored, the fundamentals of the four underlying parameters affecting precision will be presented, and a theoretical and practical explanation of gas sensor operation with ST’s TSZ121 zero-drift operational amplifier will be presented.

Using Stepper Motor Drivers in Voltage and Current Mode

1:50 – 3:30
Presenter: Dennis Nolan, STMicroelectronics

This session will focus on the powerSTEP01, a system-in-package integrating 8 N-channel 16 mΩ MOSFETs for stepper applications up to 85 V with an SPI programmable controller, providing full digital control of the motion through speed profile generation and positioning calculations. The device can operate with both voltage mode driving and advanced current control, to fit different application requirements. The digital control core can generate a user’s defined motion profiles with acceleration, deceleration, speed or target position easily programmable through a dedicated register set.

The technical session will illustrate how to properly configure the device and how to solve typical challenges in stepper motor design.

The concepts demonstrated here apply also apply to L6470 STSPIN family of products.

Advanced Motor Control with the STM32G0 MCU and Introduction to the ST Motor Control Suite

3:45 - 4:25
Presenter: Gregg Gumkowski, STMicroelectronics

During this session, you will be introduced to the latest additions to the STM32 ecosystem for advanced motor control applications including support for the new STM32 G0 series as well as an introduction to the new ST Motor Control Suite. The STM32 G0 series is the latest and most efficient microcontroller for advanced motor control applications, while the ST Motor Control Suite is a new online tool that provides easy access to browse motor control resources including hardware tools, software packages, documentation and videos that can be bundled and downloaded.

Benefits of Applying Silicon Carbide Power Devices

4:30 – 5:30
Presenter: Jeff Fedison, STMicroelectronics

The recent commercialization of silicon carbide power devices has given way to a revolution in power electronics where traditional silicon devices are being replaced by smaller and more efficient silicon carbide devices. This presentation will describe the physics of silicon carbide technology along with the benefits this technology imparts on power electronics. The state of the art in both SiC Schottky diodes and SiC MOSFETs will be reviewed along with information about the latest offering from ST.

A wide range of applications already exist for SiC including traction inverters and chargers for electric vehicles, photovoltaic inverters, industrial drives and switch-mode power supplies. A few examples of these applications will be described and comparisons will be made to traditional silicon based solutions. The presentation will conclude with a review of the requirements of gate drivers suitable for SiC MOSFETs and the advantages of STGAP gate driver technology which is specifically designed to drive SiC MOSFETs.

Session 2 Abstracts

Enhancing the User Experience with TouchGFX Advanced Graphics on the STM32

9:00 – 9:40
Presenter: Mike Hartmann, STMicroelectronics

During this session, you will be introduced to STM32 devices with advanced graphics capabilities and the TouchGFX software framework. TouchGFX is optimized for STM32 and includes an easy-to-use GUI builder, TouchGFX Designer. This drag-and-drop tool seamlessly integrates into your TouchGFX development, moving you quickly from idea to product.

Artificial Neural Network Mapping Made Simple with the STM32Cube.AI

9:50 – 10:30
Presenter: Markus Mayr, STMicroelectronics

This session will focus on the new STM32Cube.AI software tool and its ecosystem. The STM32Cube.AI toolbox generates optimized code to run neural networks on STM32 microcontrollers. It brings AI to microcontroller-powered intelligent devices at the edge, on the nodes, and to deeply embedded devices across IoT, smart building, industrial, and medical applications. With STM32Cube.AI, developers can now convert pre-trained neural networks into C-code that calls functions in optimized libraries that can run on STM32 MCUs.

The comprehensive toolbox consisting of the STM32Cube.AI mapping tool, application software examples running on small-form-factor, battery-powered SensorTile hardware, together with the partner program and dedicated community support offers a fast and easy pathway to neural-network implementation on STM32 devices.

Introduction to the STM32MP1 Microprocessor Series

10:45 – 11:25
Presenter: Mike Hartmann, STMicroelectronics

Leveraging the unparalleled success of the STM32, ST recently announced the newest addition to the family, the STM32MP1. This general purpose multicore microprocessor series will facilitate development of high-performance solutions for Industrial, Consumer, Medical and Smart Home applications. This session will introduce attendees to the STM32MP1, its features and capabilities, the available tools, and the ecosystem around it.

Overview of BlueNRG-Mesh SDK for the ST Bluetooth low energy SOCs

11:35 – 12:15
Presenter: Hary Radakichenane and Salvo Bonina, STMicroelectronics

This session will explore Bluetooth low energy mesh technology and talk about BlueNRG-Mesh, a certified and qualified ST software development kit implementation of the Bluetooth SIG specs. This solution targets applications such as lighting, smart home and building automation, smart industry, and wireless sensor networks.

During the class, attendees will learn about the Bluetooth low energy mesh architecture and its main functionalities such as the “models” for lighting and sensors, the “low power nodes” and “friend nodes” capabilities for low power applications, the “elements” to enhance the end application functionalities, the “Mesh Addressing concept” and the “Mesh Publish and Subscribe messaging model” to exchange information over the mesh network.

Security and provisioning of new devices within Bluetooth low energy mesh will be also explored.

Finally, the class will receive an overview of the BlueNRG-Mesh SDK for the ST Bluetooth low energy SOCs and the companion mobile App for both Android and iOS.

Using Advanced Sensors in Smart Industry Applications

1:00 – 1:40
Presenter: Matteo Fusi, STMicroelectronics

“Smart Industry” is an (r)evolution that builds on many technology advances over the past decades but which will fundamentally change the way factories and workplaces function. “Smart” means doing things more efficiently, more flexibly and in a more environmentally friendly manner while creating a safer workplace. Quality sensor data play a critical role in successful smart industry: productivity, quality, reliability, and safety heavily depend on the accurate and reliable data provided by the sensors employed.

The ability to collect data through sensors by monitoring processes, products, and assets, to analyze these data, and to extract the right insights to make right decisions is at the core. These right decisions will help improve efficiency, reduce cost, and increase productivity.

A Breakthrough Innovation in MEMS Sensors: Introducing LSM6DSOX, iNEMO 6DoF inertial measurement unit (IMU), with Machine Learning Core

1:50 – 2:30
Presenter: Matteo Fusi, STMicroelectronics

Machine Learning Core is a unique, revolutionary approach ST IMUs are offering; Decision trees are predictive model built from training data: can be configured and tuned based on data-log collected by developers and users, enabling to have classification algorithms running at sensor level, by reducing the MCU or AP power consumption; This innovative pattern classification approach of events will enable a new wave of consumer, Industrial or IoT applications by reducing the computation requirements and offering the capability of generating Meta-data at Intelligent nodes level directly at extremely low power consumption, with additional positive effects of reducing the amount of data to be transmitted to the cloud.

Ultrasound Pulsers for Non-Destructive Testing and Medical Imaging Applications

2:40 – 3:20
Presenter: Piercarlo Scimonelli, STMicroelectronics

Ultrasound can be used to measure distance, identify direction, and evaluate size, speed and movement of objects. In this presentation, the theoretical foundations of ultrasound imaging will be explored, the fundamentals of the underlying physics will be presented, and the theoretical and practical explanation of the basics of ultrasound imaging on the medical and industrial field will be described together with an introduction to ST's portfolio of application-specific standard products.

Fault Prediction with Vibration Sensing

3:45 – 4:25
Presenter: Luca Bartolomeo, STMicroelectronics

ST is fueling innovation in predictive maintenance with a wide range of sensors that are compact, low power and accurate enough to implement fault prediction by means of motion, temperature, humidity, ultrasound and vision sensors. Combining ST’s sensor solutions with low power STM32 MCUs, power management and connectivity enables users to quickly start prototyping for sensing, analyzing, predicting and communicating important service information. This presentation will cover:

  • Solutions for sensing, processing, connectivity and Security
  • HW/SW for evaluation boards, low level drivers, middleware libraries, and SW functional packs
  • The latest developments in Sensors, Arm Cortex-based STM32 microcontrollers, and connectivity

Designing Low Power SMPSs with the ViperPlus Family of Products

4:35 – 5:15
Presenter: Ivan Ivanov or Rosario Attanasio, STMicroelectronics

ST’s ViperPlus series of high voltage PWM switchers with embedded 800 V avalanche rugged power MOSFET targets a wide variety of low power (less than 15 W) Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) topologies found in power adapters, home appliance, home automation, Internet of things (IoT) and many other industrial applications.

The presentation introduces the family of ViperPlus products and provides detailed information about how to select the most suitable Viper IC based on the available specifications. Two design examples are provided to the audience to show how to effectively use Viper products in sensitive use cases where efficiency and low electromagnetic interference are paramount. The last part of the presentation focuses on E-Design Suite, our online software tool for SMPS design that greatly helps to speed up the design workflow and optimization process for power supply applications.

Session 3 Abstracts

How to Design an NFC Reader Application: a Step-by-Step Approach

9:00 – 9:40
Presenter: Daniel Merino, STMicroelectronics

This presentation will focus on the key challenges of designing an NFC reader application. Product selection, antenna tuning, layout optimization, read range, noise reduction, power consumption optimization, and testing and certification are among the most important aspects in this application design space. Participants will learn how to develop an NFC reader application leveraging ST high-performance reader ICs and evaluation tools.

Simplifying Integration of Sensor Data Using the NFC Enabled Multi-Sensors Node, STEVAL-SMARTAG1 (hands-on training)

9:50 – 12:30
Presenter: John Tran, STMicroelectronics

Learn how to simplify the integration of environmental and inertial sensors, NFC dynamic tag connectivity, and a low-power microcontroller into your next IoT design using the new STEVAL-SMARTAG1 development kit.

The STEVAL-SMARTAG1 is a sensor node that can sense temperature, humidity, pressure, motion and transmit the data when triggered by an NFC reader. It can be scaled down based on final application requirements. The platform can accelerate the design of applications such as supply chain/cold chain monitoring for perishable and valuable goods, asset tracking, healthcare, smart apparel and smart packaging, and smart agriculture, among others.

During this session, you will use the STEVAL-SMARTAG1 development kit and the GUI for the ST25R3911B (NFC High Performance Reader/Writer) to configure sensors without a debugger, and without writing code in order to achieve fast prototyping, reduce time-to-market in a small plug-and-play system solution. The workshop will walk you through using the development kit and platform with available HW, SW, GUI and algorithms.

All participants will receive the free STEVAL-SMARTAG1 and ST25R3911B-Discovery development kits and related SW. You must stay for the training session to receive a board.

This is a working session. All participants must have a PC running Windows 8 or later with administrative privileges.


Eval Kits and Development Platforms for MEMS Sensors: A Comprehensive Environment for Fast Go-to-Market

1:00 – 1:40
Presenter: Mauro Scandiuzzo and Thiago Reis, STMicroelectronics

With the fast expansion of the adoption of MEMS & Sensors into new markets and applications such as wearables, industrial, smart home and building automation, and smart speakers, ST has prepared a full set of development platforms capable of enabling complex system-level designs by bridging multiple key application building blocks (hardware and software) within its Open Development Environment.

This session will introduce and detail platforms with unique features that will allow testing, prototyping and development of a final product around ST sensors.

This session will explore:

  • IoT Discovery Kit: STM32L4 Discovery kit IoT node, low-power wireless, BLE, NFC, Sub-GHz, Wi-Fi
  • SensorTile Development Kit
  • BlueNRG-Tile: Bluetooth LE-enabled sensor node development kit
  • STM32 Nucleo Expansion boards
  • Professional MEMS tool: ST MEMS adapter motherboard

Rapid Prototyping with MEMS Sensors and Microcontrollers – Introduction to the ST AlgoBuilder (hands-on training)

1:50 – 5:00
Presenter: STMicroelectronics Team

ST’s AlgoBuilder is a complete development environment enabling quick prototyping of solutions that can be built using MEMS sensors, microcontrollers and software building blocks such as algorithm libraries with the user’s own logic.

AlgoBuilder uses a simple graphical design approach (drag-and-drop, connect, set properties) for quick prototyping of applications for MEMS sensors and STM32 MCUs. A wide range of function blocks are available in libraries, including motion sensor algorithms such as sensor fusion, activity recognition, and more. Function blocks can be also created by the user.

C code is generated from the graphical design and combined with binary libraries and FW templates for the selected STM32 microcontroller. The output of the application is a fully functional FW project which can be compiled and immediately used with one of the NUCLEO boards to test its functionality. The Unicleo-GUI can be used to visualize, store, and play back sensor data and display outputs from running firmware generated by AlgoBuilder.

The Workshop will walk you through some different examples of prototypes using the AlgoBuilder platform and ST’s development boards. All participants will receive free STM32L4 Nucleo + X-NUCLEO-IKS01A2 eval boards.

This is a working session. All participants must have a PC running Windows 7 or later with administrator privileges.


Session 4 Abstracts

Simplify the Integration of Sensors and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Connectivity using the BlueNRG-Tile Eval Kit

9:00 – 10:30
Presenter: Rafaelle Riva, STMicroelectronics

During this session, you will be introduced to BlueNRG-Tile: a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) enabled sensor node development kit. Details on the hardware platform and its companion software development kit for the BlueNRG-Tile will be presented, including application examples as sensor data streaming over BLE, HID peripheral, Beacon.

Attendees will learn how to design an efficient BLE protocol, starting from the ST Blue protocol, for interacting with a mobile client, the ST BLE Sensor mobile App for both Android and iOS.

Finally, the capabilities of the ARM Cortex-M0 System-On-Chip along with the advanced set of MEMS sensors will be exploited, introducing real-time embedded sensor data fusion and streaming of voice over the BLE link.

How to Connect to AWS IoT Core using Amazon FreeRTOS for Embedded Devices – Hands-on Workshop using STM32L4 Discovery Kit IoT Node (hands-on training)

10:45 – 12:45
Presenter: Anton Shmagin (AWS) with STMicroelectronics Team

This hands-on workshop will use an STM32L4 Discovery Kit IoT Node to demonstrate how to use Amazon FreeRTOS to securely connect a constrained, low-power embedded device to AWS cloud services like AWS IoT Core and enable you to start exploring your own innovative ideas! The kit features an array of sensors and Wi-Fi to showcase the cloud connectivity features.

This a working session. Participants will need their own laptop running Windows 7 or later, or macOS. Note that administrator rights are needed for software and driver installation. ST will provide the required eval board and the companion software.


STM32WB: Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 and 802.15.4 Made Easy with the STM32WB (hands-on Training)

1:00 – 5:00
Presenter: STMicroelectronics Team

Looking to add 802.15.4 wireless connectivity, reduce your BOM cost, add functionality and advanced features into your product? The STM32WB dual-core multi-protocol wireless microcontroller is the right fit for you. Learn the basics of Bluetooth and how the STM32WB conforms to Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. Experience how the STM32WB development tools, ecosystem and examples can take you from a NUCLEO board to a working design in this workshop. Designers new to STM32 microcontrollers are welcome to join and learn how the STM32Cube ecosystem can simplify your next embedded design.

This a working session. Participants will need their own laptop running Windows 7 or later, or a MacBook running Windows (Parallels, VM Fusion, etc.). Participants should have a basic understanding of the “C” programming language or equivalent. Note: Administrator rights are needed for software and driver installation. ST will provide the required P-NUCLEO-WB55 development kit and all software.

SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS SESSION – FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED. Must be present and stay for training to receive the free kit.

Note: Due to Global Trade Compliance Regulations, eligibility to receive a kit requires employment by a company with both a US-legal entity and a valid US physical address (PO box is not acceptable). Attendees must verify their eligibility to receive a kit by showing both a business card including personal name, company name and company US address, and a Government-Issued photo ID. If an attendee cannot provide verification, they can participate in the workshop, but will need to return the kit to ST at the end of the workshop.