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Programming Embedded Systems 2018

Course Objectives
After completing the course the student will know
* how to build (program...) small embedded systems
* program in C on low level
* program structures for small embedded systems
* interfacing to sensors, actuators
* get to know some typical hardware / software:
- TI MSP430, TI TivaC, Microchip PIC, Embedded Linux, some mobile OS
* basic uP Interfacing bus technology: Serial (RS-232, RS-485), CAN
* start up hardware, booting
* use error detection methods
* how to take limited resources into consideration.
( * module architecture in Linux. - if time )

Jerker Björkqvist,, Agora, room 346C

Programming Embedded Systems I & II,

Booting: Booting.pdfBooting_2.pdf

Lectures and labs:3.9.2018 -
Final meeting: TBD

  • Lectures Mondays 10-12 hours, Agora 110A Starting 3.9.2018
  • Exercises (5) - Mondays 13.00 - 17, in Agora 307A-C, Starting 10.9.2018
  • Small Project in Group
  • Optional Exam (for grading 0-5)

In order to pass the course, the following requirements must be fulfilled
  • Accepted exercises
  • Project work
  • Learning Journal written

The course is graded according to 2 options:

A. Passed / failed. no exam, but all exercises and final project performed. A learning journal is required !
B. Graded 0-5, requires a exam (additional to all exercises and final project)

In case B, either of the 2 following exams should be attended:

Exam 1:
Exam 2:

Learning Journal
During the course, you should keep a learning journal. The learning journal should include what was done in the course, i.e.
* lectures (main points / what did I learn? / what was new? / did I agree with what was said? / feedback)
* exercises (the lab reports from the labs made)
* final project (report)
* feedback , i.e. what is good/bad with course lectures labs etc...


3.9.2018Introduction / Hello embedded world
10.9.2018 10-12Structure of code / real-time / Simple embedded OS
17.9.2018 10-12Serial programming / Flexible scheduler / Analog IO using ADC / PWM
24.9.2018--NO LECTURE--
24.9.2018 10-12Co-operative task scheduling / watchdog timers
1.10.2018 10-12Sensors and interfacing to sensors / Can-bus
8.10.2018 10-12Shared clock scheduling /
22.10.2018 10-12Project Vision presentations
28.11.2018 13.30 ->Project presentations, 307A-C

Excercises start Mon 10.9.2018 13.00, in room 307A-C in Agora
Following lab times are available, each week, select from one of the available lab groups.
  • Group 1: Monday, 13-15
1. Super loopIntroduction to MSP430
Introduction to environment
Room 307 A-C
Monday 10.9.2018
2. Task based software architectureCreate a task-based mini OS
Defining tasks / O-O like code
Programmable timers and interrupts
Room 307 A-C
Monday 17.9.2018
3. I/O and schedulingInterrupt based scheduling
State machine
Reading switches
Low power operation
Room 307 A-C
Monday 1.10.2018
4. Reading the temperatureUsing AD-converter, interfacing to internal/ external NTC, interrupt base scheduling of multiple tasksRoom 307 A-C
Monday 8.10.2018
5. Shared clock scheduling / multiprocessorShared clock scheduling on MSP430NOTE. Exercise postponed one week
Room 307 A-C
Monday 22.10.2018
Each exercise should be documented and electronically submitted on the web address
Exercises will be performed mainly on your own in a small group, but each exercise will be started up by a short introduction and there will be a lecturer (Jerker) present in the lab.

Do a small scale project in groups of 2-4 persons. You can yourself choose the topic, but it has to be accepted by the lecturer. The environments provided by the lab: (but you can also suggest your own environment).
The projects are presented (in a seminar, orally)
A. Before the project start: A short introduction to the project
B. After the project (the results)

Example of projects
Modtronix / MicrochipInternet based home surveillance
Internet radio
AirstationTemperature display
Particle IO
Lear how to to use a small wrist computer / sensors
Raspberry PiThe sky is the limit....
TivaC development platformEmbedded solution
Beagle bordEmbedded solution

Equipment for projects:
There are some new equipment: presence sensor, IR transmitter/receiver attachable to SBC65EC, 3-button version of daughtercard.
Please read the this document for more information:


Exercises / evaluation

Code: 453502.0

Research capability test
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