ECE471: Embedded Systems

University of Maine ECE

Fall 2023

Instructor: Vincent Weaver
The class meeting time is Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 1:00pm-1:50pm.
The meeting place is Barrows 131.

Office hours:

Notes on Required Hardware

Required Raspberry Pi Hardware



Course Listing

Application of micro-processors to the solution of design problems, including hardware characteristics, peripheral control techniques and system development. Lec 3. (Fall.)

What We'll Do this Semester

We will investigate modern embedded systems, with a focus on ARM processors.

Class Schedule

Week 1 28 August
Introduction to Embedded Systems
Lecture 1 Notes
30 August
Embedded Hardware, 8 vs 32-bit
Lecture 2 Notes
1 September
Embedded Tradeoffs, ARM History
Lecture 3 Notes
Week 2 4 September
No class, Labor day
6 September
Single Board Computers, Raspberry Pi
Lecture 4 Notes
8 September
C, Running Linux on a Pi
Lecture 5 Notes
Week 3 11 September
Pi Setup, Linux Commandline Demo
Lecture 6 Notes
13 September
C Pitfalls
Lecture 7 Notes
15 September
Compiling, ABIs and Assembly Overview
Lecture 8 Notes
Week 4 18 September
ARM32 assembly Overview
Lecture 9 Notes
Lecture 9 sample code
20 September
THUMB/Thumb2/AARCH64, Code Density
Lecture 10 Notes
22 September
Linux GPIO Interface
Lecture 11 Notes
Week 5 25 September
ELF Executables, Virtual Memory
Lecture 12 Notes
27 September
HW3 Review, Operating Systems
Lecture 13 Notes
29 September
Lecture 14 Notes
Week 6 2 October
Booting, Device Detection
Lecture 15 Notes
4 October
HW4 Review, Processes
6 October
Firmware, Trusted Firmware
Week 7 9 October
No Class, Fall Break
11 October
Midterm Review
13 October
Midterm Exam
Week 8 16 October
Real Time Systems
18 October
No class -- Engineering Career Fair
20 October
Real Time OS Issues
Week 9 23 October
Real Time OS Examples
25 October
Real Time Linux
27 October
Week 10 30 October
Computer Security
1 November
More Computer Security
3 November
1-wire bus
Week 11 6 November
C I/O and String Manipulation
8 November
Buggy Software Case Studies
10 November
No class, Veterans' Day
Week 12 13 November
More Case Studies, Homework Review
15 November
Writing Good Code / Review for Midterm
17 November
Midterm #2
Week 13 20 November
Other busses
22 November
24 November
Week 14 27 November
Energy / Power Concerns
29 November
Final Exam Review / Project Example
1 December
Project Presentations
Week 15 4 December
Project Presentations
6 December
Project Presentations
8 December
Project Presentations

Homework Assignments

Final Project

Old Lecture Videos

Old lecture videos from 2020 can be found here let me know if you need the password.

Optional Useful Textbooks

ARM Assembly Language Links

Useful Links

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