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In this program, you will embark on a comprehensive exploration of Embedded Systems Essentials, focusing on Digital Output Devices and Analog Signals, Voltage, ADCs and Signal Processing, as well as Embedded Systems Design and Debugging. Through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on exercises, you will gain a deep understanding of the fundamental concepts in embedded systems. You will learn how to interface with digital output devices, work with analog signals, and process voltage and data using ADCs.

In this program, you will embark on a comprehensive exploration of Embedded Systems Essentials, focusing on Digital Output Devices and Analog Signals, Voltage, ADCs and Signal Processing, as well as Embedded Systems Design and Debugging. Through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on exercises, you will gain a deep understanding of the fundamental concepts in embedded systems. You will learn how to interface with digital output devices, work with analog signals, and process voltage and data using ADCs.

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4 weeks

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Last Updated April 30, 2024

Prerequisites:

No experience required

Courses In This Program

Course 1 45 minutes

Welcome to the Nanodegree Program!

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Lesson 1

Welcome!

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Lesson 2

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Course 2 8 hours

Embedded Systems Essentials: Digital Output Devices and Analog Signals

This course covers the essentials of digital output devices. Different types of digital displays are examined before taking a closer look at seven-segment displays. Next up are analog signals, followed by an introduction to Ohm's Law, which will help you understand the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance.

Lesson 1

Digital Output Devices

This lesson explores the wide range of digital output devices and play technologies, each designed for particular applications, from basic bar LEDs to dynamic, full-colour displays.

Lesson 2

Seven-Segment Displays

Learn about the seven-segment displays' evolution and applications, covering common anode/cathode configurations and scanning techniques.

Lesson 3

Analog Signals

In this lesson, you will learn analog signals in embedded systems, their conversion to digital via ADCs, the maths behind it and put that into practice through a sensor exercise.

Lesson 4

Introduction to Ohm’s Law

The Ohm's Law is a fundamental subject in electronics. To lay the foundation, this lesson covers the concepts of voltage, current and resistance before explaining their relationship.

Course 3 8 hours

Voltage, ADCs and Signal Processing

In this course, you will explore the essentials of voltage dividers, variable resistors, analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), and signal processing. You will gain a solid understanding of voltage division principles and how to design and implement voltage dividers effectively. You will also learn how variable resistors can be utilized to control electrical circuits and adjust signal levels.

Lesson 1

Voltage Dividers

This lesson covers voltage dividers. In it, you will learn Conservation of Charge, Kirchhoff's Laws, and design dividers, as well as their usage and limitations in embedded systems.

Lesson 2

Variable Resistors

Explore the dynamic world of variable resistors, covering potentiometers, resistive sensors like thermistors and photoresistors, and their roles in electronic systems.

Lesson 3

Analog to Digital Converters

Discover ADC fundamentals, operation, types (Flash, SAR), key parameters (resolution, sampling frequency), ratiometric values, and application in embedded systems.

Lesson 4

Signal Processing

Processing signals is essential to handling signals in real embedded systems. This lesson will explore different methods of processing, dive into filtering and apply signal processing to real systems.

Course 4 6 hours

Embedded Systems Design and Debugging

This course will cover processing that is triggered by interrupts, as well as the basics of how to design and debug an embedded system. You will finish with a project to create an embedded voltmeter.

Lesson 1

Interrupt Triggered Processing

This lesson provides a deeper understanding of how interrupts function in embedded systems as well as how they can be used to process events.

Lesson 2

Embedded System Design

Good design always precedes good implementation. In this lesson some fundamental guidelines of design will be discussed and applied to system and subsystem design.

Lesson 3

Debugging Embedded Systems

This lesson discusses several different ways engineers commonly approach discovering and resolving issues in embedded systems, including LED debugging, logging, and the use of a debugger.

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Adam St. Amand

Senior Software Engineer at Amazon

Adam St. Amand is a senior software engineer at Amazon working on Project Kuiper, where he's helped develop satellite flight software, terrestrial terminals, as well as mobile receivers for aeronautical applications. Previously he worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab as a flight software engineer for the Europa Clipper mission. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Ozgur Cagdas

Embedded Systems Consultant

Ozgur has a 20+ years experience in the embedded systems field with exposure to products in different domains from home entertainment to industrial control, healthcare and automotive. As well as developing professional systems, he is also passionate about learning and explaining complex concepts in simple ways.

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