Our team has been working with UNIX and Linux since the early 1990s using primarily Novell, Redhat and Debian. We have also wrote x86-based and embedded-based kernel-space character and block device drivers; along with user-space drivers for various projects; which where mostly proprietary drivers for private companys. Some of the drivers included:
The most popular public kernel-space driver we wrote was the "poor mans closed-loop motor controller" called: Parallel Port PWM/Encoder Kernal Space Linux Driver. And our most popular public user-space driver was the USB Missile Launcher Linux Driver.
Our debugging techniques may involve gdb, valgrind, kmemcheck or simply printf, kprintf, and via DIO (e.g. LEDs or seven-segment displays).
We have extensive knowledge of the Linux command line tools (including the cut down version provided by busybox), packages available, and the inner workings of Linux itself. And have worked with numerous embedded Linux architectures such as x86 CISC, MPU ARM RISC (via OMAP, LPC, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi and Arduino solutions), FPGA and microcontrollers (MCUs) such as STM32F4, MSP430, Atmel, PIC and LPC. Let alone using ti.com Design Tools for buck-boost converters, lowpass/highpass filters, and power management IC (PMIC)
We have been programming for over 15 years in many languages for generally Linux, BSD (e.g. Mac OSX) or Windows. However generally embedded tasks are done in C, C++, python and/or simple shell scripts using vital tools such as awk, sed, grep, telnet, ssh and netcat (among many others).
Electronics is an art our team has been working with since childhood (from building kits from Dicksmith, Tandy, and Jaycar to designing digital electronic keypads). Since then, we have maintained a constant update of knowledge and experience on the topic, since most of our projects involve either building a circuit from scatch, reviewing circuit designs, programming for target microcontrollers, and/or reworking pre-built PCB's for various needs such as bypassing/hacking solutions, or replacing broken components.
Our primary developer Luke Cole has a history as the "go to man" for many colleagues, and is well known to have "a knack for making things work". To learn more about Luke see his LinkedIn page or personal home page.
Springfield also known as the Greater Springfield Development is a 28.50 square kilometre residential development located between the cities of Brisbane and Ipswich in South East Queensland. Springfield was specifically designed and located to reduce population growth along the coastal strip from the Sunshine Coast down to the Gold Coast.
The Springfield College has a campus on Springfield College Drive, with a second campus (Middle & Senior) on the Springfield - Greenbank Arterial (construction to start in late 2006).
The University of Southern Queensland has a campus in Springfield. Classes began in February 2006. The Bremer Institute of TAFE also has a campus in Springfield.
According to the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program the Darra to Springfield railway line is expected to start construction in 2006 and be complete by 2015. The Centenary Highway linking Springfield to the M2 Ipswich Motorway, M6 Logan Motorway is to be duplicated as part of the Rail project. The M5 Centenary Motorway will eventually link to the Cunningham Highway south of Ipswich. The plan also recognises the area as "a Principal Activity Centre, a Transit orientated development, a knowledge hub and a health care hub".
The first stage of Springfield's largest shopping centre, Orion Springfield, has been open since March 15th. Major tenants include Woolworths and Big W. Future stages include Cinemas, and a Bulky Retail Centre.