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An advanced course on computer, microprocessor, and digital signal processor systems and their implementation. Practical issues in advanced digital hardware design.
Overview:So you want to build an embedded system? And you want to make the hardware reliable? Oh, and you want to be able to meet electromagnetic compatibility regulations so you can sell it without affecting someone's pacemaker or an aircraft's fly-by-wire system? Unfortunately, as a consequence of improved integrated circuit technology, embedded systems hardware continually gets smaller, faster, and more complicated. Due to the fast switching speeds of output signals we need to consider them as analogue signals and cannot neglect the parasitic components not shown on a schematic. We also need to understand the advanced peripherals of modern microcontrollers and consider voltage levels, timing requirements, and how to make a multi-layer printed circuit board to make them work reliably.The focus of this course is the hardware interfacing aspects of embedded systems. It is based around the Wacky Racers project where groups of six students build remotely controlled vehicles using surface mount technology. The course is structured in two sections: (1) electrical characteristics of digital devices and signal integrity and (2) advanced microcontroller peripherals, hardware and software aspects.
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:Understand and analyse the electrical characteristics of CMOS devicesUnderstand signal integrity and electromagnetic compatibility considerations for embedded systemsUnderstand peripherals and how to program and interface them for microcontroller systemsUnderstand heterogeneous and high-performance embedded systemsDesign, build, program, and debug a microcontroller-based embedded system using multilayer printed circuit boards
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $1,114.00
International fee $5,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Electrical and Computer Engineering.