University of California,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hardware/Software Interfaces Embedded System Design
ECE 153a / ECE 253 - Fall 2013
Instructor: Prof. Forrest Brewer 729-1410
Office Hours: 1-2pm Mon, Wed. Drop in, or call.
TAs: Ethan Preble and Lucas Buckland
Note -- up to date labs and assignments on Gauchospace...
Contrary to several rumors -- every project needs to have a project report -- whether you are a graduate student or not.
Homework is to be hard copy to allow grading and return. (Homework box is available).
A brief description of what should be in lab write-ups posted
This year, as in the past, the course will use Digilent/Xilinx
Spartan 3e Starter Boards for labs and projects in lieu of a formal
Project teams will consist of 1-2 people and each team will need their
own board as well as a Digilent Microphone assembly (PMOD-MIC). Because
of software improvements, we no longer need serial converters.
These items can be purchased for less than $200. The card and microphone module are available from
http://www.digilent.com be sure to get the Spartan 3e starter kit and
the PMOD-MIC. (You can also use the more expensive card with larger
FPGA available from the same source, but you won't need the space
unless you plan a very extensive hardware expansion as a graduate
project.) Each team is responsible for their
hardware and project demonstrations. Please get your boards as soon as
possible since they are required for all class labs. (You may also get
a board from a student of last year's class -- but look it over for
"dings" and if possible run the self test. The boards have proven
fairly robust - the only known easy failure is the USB connector which
is surface mounted and can pop off if dropped.
course discusses metric approaches to software-based embedded
design and design representation.
Given the enormous scope of embedded applications, multiple models of
computation, performance and constraint analysis
exist. In addition, practical issues of software design within the
context of embedded systems will be addressed including those issues
related to real-time constraints. In particular, we will focus on
hierarchical automata techniques to organize behaviors from multiple
source interfaces as well as computation tricks and tradeoffs in highly
Reference Books: Miro Samek's: "Practical UML
Statecharts in C/C++, Second Edition: Event-Driven Programming for
Newnes 2nd edition is available. ISBN: 0750687061 -- We will use
the QP nano system in the labs, as well as his simple event management
representation for HSM. (about $45 new at amazon-- older versions and
editions are fine as we will not push the UML aspects in this class)
Bob's Lecture 1
MicroBlaze Overview (PDF)
Interrupts and Programmed IO (PDF)
Compiler Optimization (Synopsys) L1 (pdf) L2 (pdf) L3 (pdf) L4 (pdf)
is to be hard copy to allow grading and return.
Homework is due at or before classtime.
There is a homework box assigned for
this class. The homework
box will be checked on at noon on the day it is due, so if you turn in your
homework through the homework box, then it must be in there before
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