Microprocessors and Embedded Systems (in English)

Language of Instruction:English
* This course is prepared for incoming Erasmus+ students only, and it is instructed in English.
* This course will be open if a certain/sure minimum of enrolled students is at least five students.

Private info:http://www.fit.vutbr.cz/study/courses/IMPe/private/
Completion:examination (written)
Type of
Guarantor:Růžička Richard, doc. Ing., Ph.D., MBA (DCSY)
Lecturer:Strnadel Josef, Ing., Ph.D. (DCSY)
Instructor:Strnadel Josef, Ing., Ph.D. (DCSY)
Šimek Václav, Ing. (DCSY)
Faculty:Faculty of Information Technology BUT
Department:Department of Computer Systems FIT BUT
Peripheral Devices (IPZe), DCSY
Monexam2019-05-06L314 10:0011:50INTE
Monexam2019-06-03L314 10:0011:50INTE
MonMidterm test2019-03-25L314 10:0013:50INTE
Monexam2019-05-20L314 13:0014:50INTE
Tueconsultation to the final exam2019-05-28L314 12:0013:50
Learning objectives:
  To give the students the knowledge of architecture of different microcontrollers. To acquaint with performance of individual subsystems namely CPU- programming model, flash memory, timer, interrupt subsystem, communication interface, AD converter. Make students familiar with basic rules and programming techniques in a  high-level language C as well as with embedded system design.
  Embedded systems, introduction, applications. Microcontroller architecture. Memory subsystem. Programmers model, programming of the ARM core. Stack. Interrupt subsystem and its programming. On chip peripheral devices and their programming: system clock generator, timer, communication interface UART, IIC and SPI, analogue and digital input and output, RTC module. Programming techniques for embedded systems in C language.
Knowledge and skills required for the course:
  To be familiar with the structure of CPU  and other computer components, basics of electronics and machine-level programming. The basic knowledge of programming in C language.
Subject specific learning outcomes and competencies:
  • Students are familiar with general structure of microcontrollers and with the techniques of embedded systems design.
  • Students are capable to design and debug the routines and initialization routine for each peripheral device. They are skilled in utilizing of basic debugging techniques for the application programs written in C language.
Generic learning outcomes and competencies:
  Understanding of design specificity of embedded systems using microcontrollers and techniques of application debugging.
Syllabus of lectures:
  1. Introduction into Embedded systems.
  2. ARM Core for microcontrollers.
  3. Memory subsystem and interrupts.
  4. Programming in C.
  5. Communication intefraces.
  6. FITkit programming.
  7. Digital inputs and outputs, ports.
  8. Timers, counters.
  9. Analogue input and output.
  10. System clock and clock generation.
  11. Power supply and power consmption of embedded systems.
  12. Practical aspects of embedded systems design.
  13. Real-time systems.
Syllabus of laboratory exercises:
  1. Introduction to lab kit, serial communication.
  2. Digital input/output.
  3. Timer, PWM.
  4. Analogue input.
Syllabus of computer exercises:
  1. Microcontroller programming.
  2. Lab kit - usage, structure, programming.
  3. Minerva Kit - how to use.
  4. Development tools for embedded systems with microcontroller.
  5. Microcontrollers' debugging interfaces.
  6. Development support for time-critical application.
Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students:
  1. Individual twelve-hour project.
Fundamental literature:
Study literature:
Controlled instruction:
  Following activities are monitored: attendance and activity during lectures, exercises, laboratories and project-related works. All works have to be submitted before the deadlines; late submissions will be evaluated by 0 points.
Progress assessment:
  • 4 laboratory assignments with the defense, with due-date submission to IS  (16 points max, out of that: 8 points for solution functionality, 4 points for solution quality, 4 points for solution defense quality)
  • 1 mid-term written test (15 points max)
  • 1 project with defense and due-date submission to IS (14 points max, out of that: out of that: 7 points for solution functionality, 4 points for solution quality, 3 points for solution defense quality)
Exam prerequisites:
  No conditions are applied.

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