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Computer Engineering Technology (CMPET)

CMPET 211 Embedded Processors and DSP (3) Introduction to micro-controllers and embedded controllers with applications, including concepts of digital signal processing.

CMPET 211 Embedded Processors and DSP (3)

CMPET 211 provides students with a basic understanding of microprocessors and microcontrollers with an emphasis on integrated embedded control of real world applications. The course provides a background in micro-processor/controller architecture, presents the operation and application of microcontroller peripherals, and introduces assembly language and higher level structured programming language. This can be a structured language such as C++ or PIC Basic. The intent is to introduce the students to a more powerful programming language capable of developing algorithms for embedded control of real world processes. Students will learn the analog to digital (ADC) and digital to analog (DAC) process and understand the resolution and aliasing consequences of these conversions.

With the ADC and DAC material mastered, the course will then introduce students to basic applications of Digital Signal Processing (DSP), such as digital filtering and noise reduction. Simple discrete Fourier transforms can be covered along with sampling theory and digital aliasing.

Although some of the mathematical theory underlying DSP techniques, such as Fourier and Hilbert Transforms, digital filter design and signal compression, can be fairly complex, the numerical operations required to actually implement these techniques are relatively simple and will be shown. DSP chips and applications will be covered to illustrate how to carry out such operations incredibly fast and efficiently.

Topics covered include:
- Microprocessor, microcontroller, and embedded system architecture
- Microcontroller peripherals
- Assembly Language Syntax and Programming
- Structured Programming and Algorithms
- Input and Output interfacing
- ADC and DAC conversions
- Sampling and DSP

The course will emphasize the concepts, principles, procedures, and programming models used by engineers and technologists to design, develop and implement digital control for real world instrumentation. Particular emphasis will be given to embedded controllers for process control.

Lectures will be supported by laboratory exercises in which the student will develop, assemble, download, and run programs on the target processor. Programming activities will focus on the development of algorithms for control of real world processes. Students will be required to prepare written laboratory reports outlining the program documentation. Reports will be graded based both on their technical quality and their grammatical and professionalism.

Students in CMPET 211 will be required to use computers in both class and laboratory exercises to develop and test their programs.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: CMPET 117, CMPET 120

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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