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Embedded Systems and Reconfigurable Logic, IT-T 492

About this Course: 

This course covers embedded system design fundamentals. Working with various microcontrollers, microprocessors, and DSPs, the student will discover hardware, software, and firmware design tradeoffs, tool chains, and best practices in current embedded systems development. Laboratory exercise and experience reinforce the lecture concepts. A course project encapsulates all topics culminating in an embedded system designed and implemented from the ground up. The student should be familiar with analog and digital design methods, computer architecture and structured/procedural programming techniques.

Course Status: 

In progress


IT 311 Introduction to Programming with Java or IT 312 C++ Programming or equivalent knowledge or experience required for enrollment.

Who Should Attend: 

Hardware and software developers requiring embedded systems knowledge and experience.

Expected Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in using a VOM meter to measure power values
  • Produce an electronic research-based report on an electronic device
  • Build an electronic kit and understand the principles and theory of operation
  • Complete an embedded systems circuit design and present the actual implementation of the device

Course Outline: 

Symbols, schematics and diagrams
Electrical Devices; resistors, components, and using meters
Electrical Components, capacitors, ohm's law
Semiconductors and operation
Diodes, semiconductors, components, meters and electronic equip
Control Devices, PLC's, Piezo Crystals, Solar Cells
Electronic Circuitry and Devices
Soldering Basics
Protect digital equipment from destruction (10 ways to destroy an Arduino)
Setting up Arduino environment and understanding about Processing Language
Simple Digital and Analog Input
Getting Input from Sensors
Using debugger kit
Using displays covering interfacing text and graphical LCD displays.
Wireless Communication covers wireless communication with the XBee protocol
Up and Running
Establishing Wireless communication
Light Sensor, Twitter Reader
Ethernet and Networking Using the internet with Arduino, build clients and servers
Wireless Sensor Networks
Memory Tricks

Course Details: 

Grading/CEU for this course includes assignments, quizzes and projects.