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Covers basic embedded-system concepts and technologies.
Intended for readers considering a career in embedded engineering, and for professionals looking to fill in some gaps.

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Learning about Embedded Systems
Introduction to Electronic Circuits

The electronic devices we encounter all around us are driven and controlled by the flow of electrical current through electronic circuits. Each circuit is an arrangement of electrical elements designed to perform specific functions. Circuits can be engineered to carry out a wide variety of operations, from simple actions to complex tasks, according to the job(s) the system must perform.
Let's begin by looking at how the key passive elements found in most electronic circuits work.

  1. Passive Elements
  2. Diodes, Transistors, and FETs
  3. Op-amps/Comparator Circuit

Revisiting Beginners' Class
Introduction to Digital Circuits

we’ll review the concept of digital, and look at the design of some fundamental digital circuits.

  1. Elemental Digital Circuits
  2. Digital ICs/Combinational Logic
  3. Sequential Logic

Let’s Try! Embedded Systems Programming
Introduction to Microcontrollers

We start with an introduction to the MCU’s basic structure and operation. In the next session we will look at the MCU’s peripheral circuitry. And finally we will try using an MCU in an actual system.

  1. MCU Basic Structure/Operation
  2. Peripheral Circuitry
  3. Programming Language/Software Development Environment
  4. Peripheral Circuitry Control
  5. Interrupt Processing

The Build-Your-Own Challenge
Introductory Gadget Building

We will build a heartbeat fan that will wave in synch with your heartbeat. We will learn as we go. So…let’s begin.

  1. What Does It Have to Do?
  2. A Closer Look at the GR-SAKURA Board, and Getting Ready
  3. Assembling the Hardware
  4. Creating the Software, and Completing the Project!

MCU Programming: Basics
Essentials of Microcontroller Use
Learning about Peripherals

In this six-part series, we look at on-chip peripheral functions for the effective use of MCUs. In particular, we will look at some core peripherals common on a wide variety of MCUs.

  1. GPIO
  2. Timers
  3. Serial Communication
  4. Interrupts
  5. Programming [1 of 2]
  6. Programming [2 of 2]

Take Advantage of Simulator Functions New

“This is not what I expected!” In order to avoid such situation at the end of development, it is important to use simulator and evaluate power consumption at each stage.

  1. Current Consumption Simulator for RL78 MCU