Course details

Microprocessors and Embedded Systems (in English)

IMPe Acad. year 2023/2024 Summer semester 6 credits

Embedded systems, introduction, applications. Microcontroller architecture. Memory subsystem. Programmers model, programming of the ARM core. Stack. Interrupt subsystem and its programming. On chip peripheral devices and their programming: system clock generator, timer, communication interface UART, IIC and SPI, analogue and digital input and output, RTC module. Programming techniques for embedded systems in C language.


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Examination (written)

Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures
  • 6 hrs seminar
  • 8 hrs laboratories
  • 12 hrs projects

Assessment points

  • 55 pts final exam (written part)
  • 15 pts mid-term test (written part)
  • 16 pts labs
  • 14 pts projects




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Learning objectives

To give the students the knowledge of architecture of different microcontrollers. To acquaint with performance of individual subsystems namely CPU- programming model, flash memory, timer, interrupt subsystem, communication interface, AD converter. Make students familiar with basic rules and programming techniques in a  high-level language C as well as with embedded system design.

  • Students are familiar with general structure of microcontrollers and with the techniques of embedded systems design.
  • Students are capable to design and debug the routines and initialization routine for each peripheral device. They are skilled in utilizing of basic debugging techniques for the application programs written in C language.
  • Understanding of design specificity of embedded systems using microcontrollers and techniques of application debugging.

Recommended prerequisites

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

To be familiar with the structure of CPU  and other computer components, basics of electronics and machine-level programming. The basic knowledge of programming in C language.

Study literature

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction into Embedded systems.
  2. ARM Core for microcontrollers.
  3. Memory subsystem and interrupts.
  4. Programming in C.
  5. Communication intefraces.
  6. FITkit programming.
  7. Digital inputs and outputs, ports.
  8. Timers, counters.
  9. Analogue input and output.
  10. System clock and clock generation.
  11. Power supply and power consmption of embedded systems.
  12. Practical aspects of embedded systems design.
  13. Real-time systems.

Syllabus of laboratory exercises

  1. Introduction to lab kit, serial communication.
  2. Digital input/output.
  3. Timer, PWM.
  4. Analogue input.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

  1. Individual twelve-hour project.

Progress assessment

  • Completion of 4 laboratory tasks (16 points max in total),
  • completion of the mid-term written test (15 points max),
  • completion of the project, its defense and due-date submission to IS (14 points max).
  • Each of the above-mentioned activivities must be completed by its deadline known in advance; late completion will be evaluated by 0 points.
  • To pass the final exam, it is necessary to obtain at least 15 points from the exam; otherwise, the final exam will be evaluated by 0 points.
  • Following activities are monitored: the attendance and activity during lectures, laboratories and the progress of project-related works.
  • A prospective reimbursement of absences caused by an obstacle in the study is going to be realized according to the nature of the obstacle and lessons involved, e.g. by setting a substitute term or assigning a separate (homework) task. A solution to other kind of absence is not arranged herein, i.e., it is neither excluded nor guaranteed.

Exam prerequisites

  • No conditions apply.


Mon exam 2024-03-11 L306.1 12:0013:30 Půlsemestrální test
Mon lecture 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7., 8., 10., 11., 12., 13. of lectures L306.1 12:0013:5015 INTE xx Strnadel
Mon laboratory 5., 7., 8., 10. of lectures L306.1 14:0015:5015 INTE xx Šimek
Mon seminar 3., 4., 6., 9., 11. of lectures L306.1 14:0014:5015 INTE xx Strnadel
Tue exam 2024-04-30 L314 12:0013:40 Předtermín zkoušky
Tue exam 2024-05-07 L314 12:0013:40 Řádná zkouška
Tue exam 2024-05-21 L314 12:0013:40 1. opravná zkouška
Tue exam 2024-06-04 L314 12:0013:40 2. opravná zkouška
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