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This is an introductory module to ELEC226: Microcontroler and Embedded Systems Laboratory.

Course overview

Some of the terms in this module may have no meaning for you now. That is fine. By the end of the course, you will understand them all.
This is a course about microcontrollers and embedded systems, specifically the Texas Instruments MSP430F169 microcontroller. This course is a hands-on laboratory experience, and is primarily intended for an audience freshman and sophomore undergraduate students, though anyone who is interested in knowing about this subject matter is encouraged to take it. No prerequisites are required, and a best effort is made to teach you (the student) as much as possible about microcontroller systems. Therefore, I try to make no assumptions about your previous experience with digital logic, programming computing systems of any sort, and detailed understanding of hardware.

By the end of this course, you will have learned many things related to designing a system with a microcontroller. The emphasis is primarily on the design of software for microcontroller systems, and as such, this is not a hardware design course. However, following this course you will have enough detailed understanding of microcontroller architecture and operation such that a follow-on hardware design course would allow you to sucessfully produce your own hardware/software system. Among the main concepts you will learn in this course are:

    Elec226 course concepts

  • What a microcontroller is, what type of applications they are used for, and how to use one.
  • The basics of structured programming using the C language and, to a lesser extent, assembly language.
  • How to compile, execute and debug your programs on a microcontroller.
  • Understand the architecture of microcontrollers in general and the specific architecture of the MSP430F169, including how to interface with the on-chip peripherals such as the ADC and DAC.
  • Interfacing with off-chip peripheral hardware, such as expansion memory.
  • Microcontroller programming techniques: using timers, clock and power management, task scheduling, etc...
  • Simple digital signal processing.

Course structure

The course structure will consist of one weekly lecture to discuss topics in microcontroller architecture and embedded systems design. In addition, there will be weekly hands-on lab sessions. At the end of the semester, the students will have to complete a project which will combine many of the skills they have learned during the course. There will be occasional in-class quizzes to reinforce the material learned in lab.


The grading system is shown in the table below. Most of the grade is determined byt the sucessful completion of the lab work and by the end-of-semester project.

Elec226 grading
Item Percentage
Weekly Labs 50%
Final Project 30%
Quizes 20%

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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