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An Embedded Systems Design Course Sequence

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Curriculum Development in EM ET

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8.190.1 - 8.190.5



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James Ochoa

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Microcontroller technology continues to move forward. As these systems continue to grow in complexity, engineering as well as engineering technology faculty should consider the following factors: 1) What computer architectures should be taught/used in labs: CISC, RISC, both? 2) What programming languages should be taught: C, assembly, other? 3) What manufactures should be considered mainstream: Motorola, Intel, Texas Instruments, other? 4) What software tools are important: compilers, assemblers, simulators, other? 5) What interfacing and peripheral technologies will be significant in the near future: USB, IEEE 802.11, Bluetooth, RIO?

While much of this decision process is still underway, the Electronics and Telecommunications Programs have recently established strategic partnerships with Motorola, Texas Instruments, and Metrowerks. These key relationships form a basis of support to facilitate insight into the current and future directions of embedded system technologies. Of particular interest is the integration of wireless data technologies into the courses discussed in this paper. To this end, two additional industry partners have recently been identified and contacted. It is clear to the authors that the next generation of microcontrollers to be used in the courses will be based on an RISC architecture. However, much work is still needed to identify a particular device that provides the key capabilities now being defined. It is anticipated that more details will be available in the near future and will be presented in a follow paper.

VI. References 1. T. Caceras, Z. Combs, J. Ochoa, “An Advanced Microcontroller Systems Course for Upper-Level Undergraduate Curriculum,” 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Proceedings, Montreal, Canada, June 16-19, 2002. 2. J.R. Porter, R. Fink, J. Ochoa, “Enhancing Core Curriculum Concepts Through Industry Collaborations,” 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration, Proceedings, San Diego, CA, Jan. 30, 2001. 3. R. Fink, J. Porter, J. Ochoa, R. Alexander, “Synergy of Applied Research and Education in Engineering Technology,” 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Proceedings, Albuquerque, NM, June 2001. 4. J. Ochoa, M. Landrum, “An Approach to Advanced Digital Design for Undergraduate Students,” 1999 American Society for Engineering Education Gulf Southwest Region Annual Conference, Proceedings, Dallas, Texas, March 1999.

VII. Bibliography JAMES A. OCHOA James Ochoa received a BS degree in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University – Kingsville in 1990 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University in 1998. After completing his Ph.D., he joined the faculty in the Department of Engineering Technology at Texas A&M University. His research activities include digital electronics and circuit testing, system-on-a-programmable-chip, and micro-controller based control systems. Dr. Ochoa can be contacted via email at

GEORGE B. WRIGHT George Wright received a BS degree in electronics engineering technology at the University of Houston in 1971 and a M.Ed. in 1975. He currently teaches in the Engineering Technology Program at Texas A&M University. His recent research work has focused on the development of in-vehicle networks for law enforcement vehicles. His work was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. He holds two patents for his work in this area.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Ochoa, J. (2003, June), An Embedded Systems Design Course Sequence Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12243

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