1. Course Details

  • Level: Seniors
  • Course Reference: EECE 221 Microprocessor Systems
  • Lecture Times:  Sun - Tue 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Room:  Q 207
  • Office Hours: TBA
  • Student Study Hours Per Week: 9
  • Contact Hours Per Week: 3
  • Private Study Hours Per Week: 6
  • AY / Semester:  2008– 2009 / Spring
  • Professor:  Dr. I. Damaj
  • Contact Details: i_damaj@du.edu.om
  • Professor's Website: http://www.idamaj.net
  • Summary of Assessment Method:  Quizzes, pop quizzes, assignments, project and presentation, and a final exam
  • Software Packages: Altera Max+II, VHDLSimili, Xilinx ISE 4.2i
  • Hardware Devices: DSP chips
  • Textbook: Embedded System Design: A Unified Hardware/Software Introduction, Frank Vahid and Tony Givargis John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471386782. Copyright (c) 2002.
  • Reference: Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals, 3rd edition updated, M. Morris Mano and Charles R. Kime, Prentice Hall, 2004.

2. Aims of the Course:

Embedded computing systems have grown tremendously in recent years, not only in their popularity, but also in their complexity. This complexity demands a new type of designer that can easily cross the border between hardware design and software design. This course aims to portray hardware and software not as different domains, but rather as two implementation options along continuum of options varying in their design metrics, like cost, performance, power, size, and flexibility. Three important trends have made such a unified view possible. First, the availability of large ICs enabled the integration of a software processor and custom hardware on a single chip. Second, the availability of high quality compilers that aid embedded systems design. Finally, modern synthesis technology that become a commonplace in the design of digital hardware.

3. Short Description:

This course is of 7 chapters divided into 15 weeks. The student should be aware of the importance of revising the material synchronously with the lectures.

Details Topic Chapter No. Assessment
Week 1 - 3 Embedded systems overview 1
Weeks 4- 8 Custom Single-purpose processors: Hardware 2 Assignment
Weeks 9 - 13 General-purpose processors: Software 3 Quiz I
Project Proposal
Week 14 Computer Interfacing 4 Quiz II
Week 15 Memory 5 Term Project Due

5. Assessment of the Course

Attendance 5%
Pop quiz , and Assignment 10%
Project 20%
Quiz I 25%
Quiz II 10%
Final 30%
  • Homework and assignments should be submitted on time; no late submissions will be accepted.
  • No make up exams will be given, make sure not to miss any exam.

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[April 7, 2008] Chapters 4 and 5 are posted.

[May 11, 2009] Chapters 3 is posted.

[March 26, 2008] An Assignment is posted, submission due date is on the20th of April 2008 class time.

[March 16, 2008] Chapters 2 is posted.

[Feb 22, 2008] Chapters 1 is posted.

[Feb 22, 2008] Welcome to course website.

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