Course Description

In this course students learn the key concepts of embedded systems hardware design. Gaining an inside look at some of the most common embedded systems and the functional blocks within those systems, students in this course examine hardware components and their interfaces as well as important design considerations. They learn embedded systems design considerations and several approaches to system building common in the industry. Other key concepts in embedded hardware design include memories used in embedded systems and their interfaces, basic concepts in microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processors (DSP), and the typical buses used at the system level.
After completing the course, you will see how the key concepts in embedded hardware design fit together, including the interaction of these hardware components as well as important design considerations.

Course Outline

Functional blocks and tear-down analysis

Hardware design considerations

Design methodology (ASIC, FPGA, COTS)

Memory subsystem and hierarchy, types (SRAM, PSRAM, DRAM, Non-volatile memories)

Microprocessors, microcontrollers

Inter-IC communications overview (SPI, 12C, Parallel Bus)


Learner Outcomes

Describe how microprocessors, memory subsystems and other hardware components interact

Discuss key concepts in hardware design

Identify bottlenecks in choice of hardware in order to make more effective decisions


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Embedded System Hardware Architecture Essentials
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Time (Central Time)
5:00PM to 8:00PM
Oct 11, 2022 to Oct 27, 2022
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Course Fee(s)
Rate non-credit $2,295.00
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