The expanding application of embedded computers has created a demand for the skill required to program these systems. Programming embedded systems requires skills that differ significantly from those required for writing applications for use in the desktop PC environment. Opportunities in embedded system programming will continue to expand rapidly, as processors are embedded in wide range of products.
The Embedded Computer Software certificate focuses on acquiring the skills necessary to develop embedded systems. Subjects include embedded controller software development and underlying hardware aspects of embedded computing systems. Course topics include programming embedded controllers, practical real-time programming practices, and embedded operating systems. These courses explore the basic principles of embedded processors, and introduce the techniques required to develop reliable, real-time, event driven programs that can run stand-alone or under a real-time operating system.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
Learn the elements of digital logic design required for study in embedded computer design. Topics include: number systems, codes, Boolean algebra, logic gates, small and medium scale integrated circuits, tristate devices, memories, combinational circuits and sequential circuits. The course also provides an overview of foundations of electronics, including elementary DC and AC circuit theory, semiconductor diode and the transistor model, feedback, oscillation and elementary digital gate responses.
Building upon C/C++ Programming I, level II will provide you with a further understanding of the C and C++ programming laungauges. Topics include: the run-time environment, advanced I/O features, advanced pointer and array concepts, basic data structures, efficiency and portability, the Standard C Library, and debugging techniques.
Courses should be taken in the order listed.
Become introduced to the construction and programming of the Arduino Uno board, the popular microcontroller board based on the ATmega328. Many experiments are available online to assist in learning with this board.Intermediate and advanced users will find this course a good review and can participate in more advanced experiments, also available online.
Become adept at constructing and programming the Arduino Uno board, which will be used throughout the certificate program.
This course emphasizes the differences between desktop C and embedded C with hands-on assignments using Arduino Uno. Building upon the previous course, level II covers unique requirements of embedded development, embedded C tools and environment, basic interfacing to displays and keypads, basic interrupt driven C programming and the practical aspects of embedded development.
This advanced programming course covers real-time event-driven applications with instant and reliable access to systems resources for embedded microcontrollers. Topics include: low-level microcontroller programming, hardware aspects, interrupt-driven programming, semaphores, I/O, timers and signal conversion. Practical application of embedded controllers to actual event-driven system designs and to problem handling is emphasized.
In this course, you will learn about main problems associated with typical processors. Topics such as pipelining, bubbles, caching, the reason for registers, problems associated with increasing processor speed, and branching are covered. The basic computer schemes using the X86, PowerPC, and GE4 are discussed. These schemes are still used today.
Learn Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) in embedded applications. This course prepares students to write real-time event-driven applications running under an RTOS. The uCOS RTOS is used as an example which will be examined at the C source code level. Major topics include: basic OS functions, task scheduling, prioritization, inter-task communications, interrupts, semaphores and peripheral I/O operations. Practical applications running under an RTOS for embedded computers in event-driven systems are also described.
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