Basics of microprocessor technology

Lecture topics

The students get knowledge of the basic structure and operation of a microprocessor as well as its hardware and software architecture. They know important components of the processor periphery as well as the structure of simple microprocessor systems and microcontrollers. They master the process of software creation with an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). They can realize basic programming tasks in assembler language for typical microcontroller applications.

  1. Number representation, codes and basic circuits in microprocessor technology
  2. Basic architectural features of microprocessors (von-Neumann & Harvard)
  3. Structure, components and operation of a microprocessor (µP)
  4. Instruction set and instruction processing in the µP
  5. Peripheral components of a microprocessor; typical memory and interface IC
  6. System design and structure of a complete MPS or a microcontroller (µC)
  7. Assembler instruction set and basics of programming a µC of type STM8
  8. Development of applications; the debugging process using IDE and demo board; practical exercises for developing programs for the µC STM8S103F3; use of typical peripheral modules (GPIO ports, timer, ADC and interfaces)