Learn fundamentals of embedded systems
Learn how to build your own real-time operating system
Learn how to design, develop and debug C code
Learn about modular design while creating a personal fitness device
Learn about Bluetooth communication
The increased demand by consumers and businesses for more utility, connectivity and smarter and more efficient electronic technology not only creates a need for more embedded systems but also for engineers in the embedded systems field.
In this lab-based computer science course, explore the complexities of embedded systems and learn how to develop your own real-time operating system (RTOS) by building a personal fitness device with Bluetooth connectivity (BLE). An operating system (OS) is a software system that computers use to manage the resources of a computer. The OS decides which tasks are performed when and decides how resources are utilized. Simple embedded systems, which are a combination of electrical, mechanical, chemical, and computer components designed to perform a dedicated function, originally did not need an OS. However, as embedded systems have evolved, so have their complexities. To manage this, an RTOS is now required.
Embedded systems are often deployed in safety-critical situations such as automotive, military, industrial, and medical applications. In applications such as communications and consumer electronics, response time and processing speed are important. A real-time system not only needs to arrive at the correct answer, but must also get the correct answer at the correct time. A RTOS manages a computer’s resources so that tasks are performed in a timely mannner.
In this computer science course, students will learn the design fundamentals of an RTOS from the bottom up and use these fundamentals to build practical real-time applications. We will provide a board support package (BSP), so students will be able to focus on the RTOS and Bluetooth network without needing prior experience in circuits and I/O device driver software. This is a hands-on project-based lab course, where you will incrementally build a personal fitness device with Bluetooth connectivity.
This course is intended for students and professional engineers wishing to improve their skills in the fields of embedded systems, product development, computer architecture, operating systems, and Bluetooth networks.
To complete this course, you will need to purchase a lab kit including a microcontroller board, an I/O board, and a Bluetooth module. Instructions about purchasing the kit and installing required software are at http://edx-org-utaustinx.s3.amazonaws.com/UT601x/RTOS.html .
Lab 1) Introduction to I/O using the BSP and debugging
Learn about Keil compiler and debugger
Understand what the MK-II boosterpack measures
Learn how to perform timing profiles of the software system
Lab 2) Thread management for a personal fitness device
Real-time periodic threads
Round robin scheduler
Lab 3) Thread synchronication and scheduling for a personal fitness device
Timer-based real-time threads
Blocking semaphoresr with first come, first serve scheduler
Lab 4) Real-time operating system for a hand-held video game
Edge triggered interrupts
Blocking semaphores with priority scheduler
Lab 5) File system using the flash ROM of the microcontroller
Logging data onto flash/playback of data
Lab 6) Bluetooth personal area network
Interacting with the device from a smart phone
Proficient in C programming (loops, structures, arrays, functions and pointers)
Interest in embedded systems