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Microprocessor and system buses; advanced I/O methods; priority interrupts; event/exception handling; serial I/O; computer networking; memory system design; interaction of hardware and software, microprocessor comparison, testability issues, safety critical systems. [3-2-0]
Microcomputer Ssystems come in all shapes and sizes with differing levels of speed and sophistication, ranging from simple devices such as those made by Microchip, through to more sophisticated 8/16 bit microcontrollers such as the 8051/ARM etc. right up to multi-processor systems based on 16/32 bit architectures communicating along networks and backplanes.
The range of applications for microcomputer based systems is huge and getting bigger each year. These days a microcomputer can be found in virtually all household electrical items such as microwave ovens, dishwashers and toasters to VCR's, DVD's and Wireless Network Base Stations. Even your average car has a dozen or more microcontroller/microcomputers within it. The top of the range BMW and Mercedes Benz models have 60+ computers on board, controlling such things as engine management, automatic transmission, alarm/immobilizer, satellite navigation, entertainment etc.
At the more sophisticated end of the market, highly parallel, multi-processor systems are used in manufacturing, telecoms, military installations and air-traffic control systems.
This course will give you the necessary background to become a Microcomputer systems designer. You will learn how to analyze the requirements for a system, how to chose a suitable architecture and learn about a range of design and interfacing techniques.
|CPEN 311 - Digital Systems Design|
|AND ONE of|
|CPEN 211 - Introduction to Microcomputers|
|CPEN 312 - Digital Systems and Microcomputers|