About Robert

Robert Feranec

Founder & CEO of FEDEVEL



Social networks and projects

Youtube (12000+ Subscribers, Over 2 Million Views): Robert's Channel    
Sign up for Robert's courses: http://www.fedevel.com/academy

Professional Profile

Specialties: Motherboard Design, Processor and Microcontroller Board Design (x86, ARM, MIPS ...) based on Intel, VIA, AMD, Freescale, TI and others.
Skills and experience in following areas (15+ years):

  • electronic product hardware development (from initial idea to final product)
    • product specification
    • schematic design
    • PCB layout (including high speed design)
    • hardware debugging, assembling, verification and testing
    • software developing
    • production test design, documentation and manual writing
  • processor and microcontroller board design (x86, MIPS, ARM …) for different OS (Linux, Windows XP/Embedded/2000/CE ...) based on Intel, VIA, AMD, Texas Instruments, Atmel, Microchip, ST ...
  • strong background in embedded systems
  • team leading
  • project time and cost planning
  • interfaces and peripherals: DDR3, DDR2, DDR, FSB, PCI Express, Gb Ethernet, SATA, PCI, ITP, GSM, GPS, CF, PCMCIA, IDE, ISA, LVDS, SDVO, RGB, Composite TV, VGA, HDMI USB, SD, PS2 Keyboard, Mouse, Audio, Touchscreen, JTAG, RS485, CAN, RS232, SPI, I2C, ISDN, PSTN, WiFi, miniPCI, PCIE minicards, COM Express, ZigBee ...
  • CPLD, FPGA designs (Xilinx, Altera ...)
  • CAD software: Protel 99 / DXP / Altium, Cadence Allegro (Orcad, Spectra ...), PADS
  • Integrated Development Environments: Microsoft Visual C++, Delphi, Xilinx ISE, ispLEVER, AVR Studio ...
  • programming languages C/C++, VHDL, ABEL, Assemblers, Html, Perl, PHP ...
  • compiling Linux and Windows CE images, driver modification, microcontroller firmware programming
  • design for mass production / cost effective solutions
  • EMC design, testing and measurement
  • business traveling (Europe, USA, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, ... )

Professional Experience

  • Founder & CEO of FEDEVEL, California, US / Slovakia, October 2010 - Present
    Courses, Open hardware design, Contract work for number of clients ( http://www.fedevel.com ) 
  • Senior Hardware Design Engineer, EUROTECH Ltd (formerly ARCOM Control Systems Ltd), Cambridge, UK, 2005 – 2010
    Designing Eurotech (Arcom) standard products ( http://www.eurotech-ltd.co.uk )

  • Hardware Design Engineer, VOIPAC, Trencin, Slovak Republic, 2002 – 2005
    Electronic product hardware design for VOIPAC company and their customers ( http://www.voipac.com )

  • Work during PhD study, Slovak University of Technology, FEI, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 2000-2002
    Designing a calibration system based on Texas Instrument DSP processor

  • Computer expert, DATACENTRUM, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 1998 – 1999
    Network and computer administration


  • Slovak University of Technology, FEI, Bratislava, Slovak Republic - present
    PhD. (finished 90%, interrupted due a job offer)
    Dissertation: “Spectrum analysis in Digital Signal Processing”

  • Slovak University of Technology, FEI, Bratislava, Slovak Republic - 2000
    MSc. in Electronics
    Thesis: “Calibration measure system with DSP TMS320”

  • Slovak University of Technology, FEI, Bratislava, Slovak Republic - 1998
    Bc. in Electronics
    Thesis: “Magnetron systems”

  • Machine-construction Technical College, Martin, Slovak Republic - 1994
    Specialization: Machine construction

Certificates & Trainings

  • Microcontrollers TMS370, European Customer Training Center, Bratislava, Slovak Republic - 1998
  • DSP TMS32C5x, European Customer Training Center, Bratislava, Slovak Republic - 1999

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Online Courses, worldwide:
    • Learn Altium Essentials,  2013 - Present
    • Learn to Design Your Own Boards, 2016 - Present
    • Advanced Hardware Design, 2013 - Present
    • Advanced PCB Layout Course, 2014 - Present
    • Learn the Essentials of creating uBoot, Linux and YOCTO, 2016 - Present
  • Slovak Technical University, FEI, Bratislava, Slovak Republic:
    • Teaching Assistant –“Digital Signal Processors”  2000 - 2002
    • Leading practical course for students.
    • Project Leader –“Single phase measure system with MSP430 microcontroller”  2000 - 2004
    • Project Leader –“Communication using GSM modules”  2001 - 2004
    • Project Leader –“Spectrum analysis using TMS320C6711 processor”  2000 - 2001
  • At the Fachhochschule, Heilbronn, Germany:
    • Teaching Assistant –“Digital Signal Processors”  2001
    • Developing a DSP course for university students.


  • English – advanced (I have been living in the UK for 5+ years and over 1 year in the US);
  • Slovak – native language;
  • Czech – speaking fluently;


  • Reading, traveling, sports