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INL1000751, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0529, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MICROCONTROLLERS AND DSP
Department of reference Department of Management and Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO MATTAVELLI ING-INF/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-INF/01 Electronics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 MATTAVELLI PAOLO (Presidente)
MAGNONE PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ROBERTO (Supplente)
6 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 MAGNONE PAOLO (Presidente)
MATTAVELLI PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ROBERTO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: - Analog electronics: electronic circuits and operational amplifiers.
- Digital electronics: combinatorial (multiplexers, encoders, decoders, adders and comparators) and sequential (counters and registers) systems; semiconductor memory (SRAM, DRAM, FLASH).
- Introductory computer science: computer architecture; C programming language.
- Instrumentation and measurement for the automation: A/D converters.
- Control theory: analysis of discrete-time systems; feedback systems; Synthesis of the controllers.
Target skills and knowledge: - Knowledge of the architecture of a digital signal processor (DSP) and of a modern microcontroller, with emphasis on the real-time control systems and on industrial processes.
- Knowledge of the operation and of the structure of the main peripherals adopted in industrials applications;
- Capability of implementing algorithms for data processing and control of processes in discrete time and fixed-point arithmetic.
- Capability of programming a commercial microcontroller in Keil uVision environment.
Examination methods: The check of the expected knowledge and skills is carried out by means of an oral examination composed in two parts.
First part: the student must present and discuss the reports of the laboratory classes, to prove the correct understanding of the considered problems.
Second part: discussion of the theoretical subjects to verify the understood knowledges.
Assessment criteria: - Completeness of the theoretical knowledge, regarding the operation of microcontrollers and DSP and of main peripherals.
- Capability and strictness in the exposition of the subjects of the course.
- Capability to apply the theoretical knowledge to the programming of a commercial microcontroller.
- Designing capability, highlighted by discussing the technical reports on the laboratory classes.
- Capability of using the integrated development environment analysed during the course.
Course unit contents: - Basic structure of the hardware and software of a calculator: functional units; bus; performance evaluation.
- Elaboration unit: hardware and microprogrammed control units; fundamental blocks of the elaboration unit (ALU, multipliers, etc.); fixed-point and floating-point arithmetic.
- I/O units: interrutps and memory management.
- Structure and operation of main I/O peripherals: serial communication (UART, USRT, bus I2C, Bus CAN); capture and compare units; timers and PWM modulators.
- Implementation of filters and regulators in discrete time.
- Analysis of a commercial microcontroller and its application in laboratory classes.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Lectures, by adopting slides, aimed at explaining the operation of microcontrollers and DSP and the I/O peripherals.
- Laboratory classes aimed at programming in C language (Keil uVision development environment) a modern microcontroller, in order to apply the knowledges on the operation of a microcontroller, on the data processing and on the control of processes.
- Technical reports on the laboratory classes.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The following teaching material will be available on moodle:
- slides of the lectures;
- technical documents of the microcontroller adopted in laboratory classes;
- detailed description of the laboratory activities.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Buso, Simone, Introduzione alle applicazioni industriali di microcontrollori e DSPSimone Buso. Bologna: Esculapio, 2018. Seconda edizione Cerca nel catalogo