Course detail

Design of Embedded Systems

FIT-NAVAcad. year: 2020/2021

The themes of lectures deal with problems that must be solved by a designer during the design of components of an embedded system. Students will become acquainted with the principles of I/O bus system operation and the communication with adapters (communication with memory components, registers, interrupt request generation and its service, DMA request generation and its service). The principles of component design (synthesis) for peripheral operation control will be discussed. The laboratory tutorials will be directed towards the presentation of these principles on a computer structure in a design system environment.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

  • Students will become acquainted with the principles of digital systems design with complex sequential behavior reflecting the conditions in which the application will operate.
  • They will become acquainted with tools to support designer.
  • They will learn how an implementation will be subdivided between software and hardware components.
  • They will learn how to design controllers of independently operating computer systems operating in real environment and communicating with a user or systems on higher level.

  • Student learns to design a master's work solo and as a member of a team.
  • Student learns terminology in Czech and English language.

Prerequisites

  • Knowledge of programming in an assembly language and C language, basics of VHDL.
  • Knowledge of electronic circuit principles and computer architectures.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Daniele Lacamera: Embedded Systems Architecture - Explore architectural concepts, pragmatic design patterns, and best practices to produce robust system. Packt Publishing, 2018, ISBN 978-1788832502.
Don Anderson: Universal Serial Bus System Architecture, Addison Wesley, 2001, ISBN 0201309750, 544 pages
Jonathan Corbet, Alessandro Rubini, Greg Kroah-Hartman: Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition, O'Reilly Media, 2005, ISBN-10: 0596005903, 640 pages
Jonathan W. Valvano: Embedded Microcomputer Systems, Real Time Interfacing. Brooks/Cole, 2000, ISBN 0-534-36642-2.
Ken Arnold: Embedded Controller Hardware Design. LLH Technology Publishing, 2001, ISBN 1-878707-52-3.
Stuart R. Ball: Embedded Microprocessor Systems: Real World Design. Newnes, 2002, ISBN 0-7506-7534-9.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes


  • Lab experiments - 8 points.
  • Evaluated project with the defense - 17 points.
  • Written mid-term exam - 15 points.
  • Final written examination - 60 points.

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Aims

To develop knowledge gained in courses from the area of computer systems construction and demonstrate these principles in the field of  embedded systems design and integration. To utilize this knowledge in the design and implementation of complex digital systems with comprehensive sequential behavior. Students will be taught how to analyze the conditions in which the equipment under design will operate and on the basis of the analysis how to identify the trade-off between price, reliability and dynamic parameters. In laboratory tutorials students will study the structure and operation principles of  embedded systems components and their design in design system environment.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme IT-MGR-2 Master's

    branch MBI , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MGM , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    branch MIS , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    branch MBS , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch MIN , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    branch MMM , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective

  • Programme MITAI Master's

    specialization NADE , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    specialization NBIO , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NGRI , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NNET , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NVIZ , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NCPS , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    specialization NSEC , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NEMB , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    specialization NHPC , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NISD , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NIDE , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NISY , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NMAL , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NMAT , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NSEN , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NVER , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization NSPE , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective

  • Programme IT-MGR-2 Master's

    branch MPV , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch MSK , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus


  1. Embedded system, design techniques, specification, embedded system requirement.
  2. Selection of an appropriate platform, microcontroller. Pros and cons of using micro-controller in various situations.Other options how to implement an embedded system.
  3. Hardware and software approach to embedded system functions.
  4. Digital inputs, binary information processing, digital outputs, two-state actuators control, extending digital inputs and outputs.
  5. Analog input and output, converters, comparators, control of analog actuators.
  6. Sensors and their interfacing to an embedded system. Modern types of sensors.
  7. Human interaction of embedded system, keyboard, status and general information visualization, LED displays, LCD character-based and graphics displays.
  8. Communication inside embedded system with multiple processors, communication with external systems, serial synchronous and asynchronous, parallel, widespread protocols, networks.
  9. System level design, design of a System on Chip (SoC).
  10. How to design and realise an embedded system on a PCB, techniqes and constraints of PCB design.
  11. Power supply and power consumption of an embedded systems. Principles and techniques of power savin.
  12. Typical software architecture of embedded system. Styles and techniques used in embedded software.
  13. Debugging and diagnostics of embedded systems.

Laboratory exercise

16 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus


  • A minimal embedded computer system with a MCU.
  • Expanding MCU outputs practically.
  • Communication between MCU and a peripheral or a sensor.
  • Push-pull driver and H-bridge control.

Project

10 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus


  • Basic design of a small embedded system.