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)

This website uses cookies. There are two types of cookies: The first type supports the basic functionality of our website. The second allows us to improve our content for you by saving and analyzing pseudonymised user data. Since this second type is technically not required to run the website, you can withdraw your consent to those cookies at any time. For more information please visit our pages on data protection.


These cookies are needed for a smooth operation of our website.


For statistical reasons, we use the platform Matomo to analyse the user flow with the help of website users‘ pseudonymised data. This allows us to optimize website content.

Name Purpose Lifetime Type Provider
_pk_id Used to store a few details about the user such as the unique visitor ID. 13 months HTML Matomo
_pk_ref Used to store the attribution information, the referrer initially used to visit the website. 6 months HTML Matomo
_pk_ses Short lived cookie used to temporarily store data for the visit. 30 minutes HTML Matomo