Basic concepts of computer components and functions. Introduction to instruction set architectures. Introduction to practical aspects of embedded systems and mechatronics applications. Microcontroller types and applications. Microcontroller hardware and software features and implementation such as the use of timers and interrupts. Principles of programming and interfacing peripheral devices such as sensors and actuators to build a small embedded system. The use of methods such as Analogue to Digital Conversions and Pulse Width modulation (PWM) in embedded systems. Basic concepts of data communication such as serial communication. Case studies.

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