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Are you looking for a flexible, low cost solution to add AI and motor control to your next product?

Edge AI is the hot ticket in 2021 as it will drive innovation across many industries. Gain additional insight and product solutions by learning more about the Future Electronics newly released Northern Lights platform. Live on the Edge with Northern Lights!

Northern Lights is a Future Electronics created platform showcasing multiple Microchip solutions targeting intelligent machine vision and motor control applications. This versatile platform is one of many engineering demonstrations designed and tested by our very own engineers. Target markets include industrial, defense, automotive and more.

This presentation will walk you through:

  • Highlights of each board in Northern Lights and the Microchip technologies powering them.
    • A Video Board with a color CMOS image sensor and a low cost, low power FPGA
    • A Display Module with a color OLED panel
    • A Motor Control Board with a digital signal controller
  • The process of building, training and evaluating the Northern Lights neural network model
  • A Demo of Northern Lights – Multi-Axis Robotic Arm Responding to Handwritten Digits

You will hear from:

  • Texas: Ed Baca and Tim Dicke
  • Bolton/Connecticut: JP Marcelino and Tim Dicke
  • San Jose/Sacramento: Bill Pratt
  • Toronto/Montreal: JP Marcelino and Tim Dicke

Ed Baca

Ed Baca is a Regional Sales Manager with the Future Intelligent Solutions team promoting advanced SOM, SBC, MPU, FPGA and Networking solutions. He believes in working closely with the customer to provide the best offering from Future’s suppliers in the quickly evolving semiconductor landscape. Ed has 33+ years of experience working as a design engineer, applications engineer, regional technical manager and technical marketing engineer.

JP Marcelino

JP Marcelino is currently an advocate for using Microprocessors and FPGAs to engineer modern solutions for the problems of today. As a Regional Sales Manager for Future Electronics’s FIS Specialist team, he promotes the latest MPU and FPGA trends in Machine Learning, Industrial Networking, Security and other emerging markets and loves to see his customers bring these solutions to life. JP started his career as a Hardware Engineer designing with Xilinx, Intel, Microchip and Lattice FPGAs for Harris Corporation.

Tim Dicke

Tim is a FPGA Specialist with Future Intelligent Solutions as an embedded software engineer who brings with him over 30 years of experience in system architecture, product design and development based on FPGAs, microcontrollers, microprocessors, DSPs and PCs. His past experience includes roles in development of high-speed commercial printing, ultrasonic wall thickness measurement, and laser doppler velocimeter systems.

Bill Pratt

Bill is a Regional Sales Manager at Future Electronics. With over 29 years of experience, Bill has background in ASIC/FPGA design and IP development, board and embedded system design with diverse technologies, customer design support and engineering management.


Texas (Dallas, Austin, Houston, Tulsa)

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

2:00 PM EDT

Bolton / Connecticut

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

2:00 PM EDT

San Jose / Sacramento

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

2:00 PM EDT

Toronto / Montreal

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

2:00 PM EDT


Northern Lights Development Board

Designed by our very own System Design Center, this is your all-in-one demonstration for object recognition-based motor control applications.

Future lectronics | Microchip – Northern Lights Development Board