Developing Embedded Linux Device Drivers (LFD435) Training in Santa Clara

Enroll in or hire us to teach our Developing Embedded Linux Device Drivers (LFD435) class in Santa Clara, California by calling us @303.377.6176. Like all HSG classes, Developing Embedded Linux Device Drivers (LFD435) may be offered either onsite or via instructor led virtual training. Consider looking at our public training schedule to see if it is scheduled: Public Training Classes
Provided there are enough attendees, Developing Embedded Linux Device Drivers (LFD435) may be taught at one of our local training facilities.
We offer private customized training for groups of 3 or more attendees.

Course Description

 
Upon mastering this material, you will be familiar with the different kinds of device drivers used under Linux, and have an introduction to many of the appropriate APIs to be used when writing a device driver. The labs for illustrating these concepts will all be performed on ARM hardware in order to get developers familiar with cross-compiling and developing drivers for an embedded target. The included development kit ..yours to keep.. will be used to illustrate testing kernel drivers using TFTP and NFSroot techniques. While we will discuss kernel internals and algorithms we will examine deeply only the functions which are normally used in device drivers. More details on things such as scheduling, memory management, etc., belong more properly in a different, kernel-focused course.
Course Length: 4 Days
Course Tuition: $2600 (US)

Prerequisites

Knowledge of basic kernel interfaces and methods such as how to write, compile, load and unload modules, use synchronization primitives, and the basics of memory allocation and management.

Course Outline

 
1. Introduction
2. Preliminaries
3. Cross-Development Toolchain
4. Basic Target Development Board Setup
5. Booting a Target Development Board over Ethernet
6. Kernel Configuration, Compilation, Booting
7. Device Drivers
8. Modules and Device Drivers
9. Memory Management and Allocation
10. Character Devices
11. Kernel Features
12. Transferring Between User and Kernel Space
13. Platform Drivers
14. Device Trees
15. Interrupts and Exceptions
16. Timing Measurements
17. Kernel Timers
18. ioctls
19. Unified Device Model and sysfs
20. Firmware
21. Sleeping and Wait Queues
22. Interrupt Handling: Deferrable Functions and User Drivers
23. Direct Memory Access (DMA)
24. Memory Technology Devices
25. USB Drivers

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Difficulty
Popularity
Year Created
1991/1971
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Job Count
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