Basics of microprocessor technology

Lab practice

In order to familiarize you with the use of microprocessors in practice, extensive practical laboratory exercises will take place parallel to the lecture in addition to exercises and seminars.

You will get to know a typical development system for microcontrollers of type STM8. It consists of:

  • an Integrated Development Environment (ST Visual Develop)
  • a demo board (type STM8S103F3PU) as well as
  • a hardware debugger (ST-Link/V2).

In order to be able to communicate with a µC, you have to master its language. With the STM8 family assembler instruction set we get to know a very user-friendly typical µC instruction set. We practice using the integrated development environment and the source code debugger.

The individual exercises cover the most important peripheral modules of a modern microcontroller. In detail are programmed:

  • - general input/output ports
  • - basic timer modules
  • - complex timer modules with capture/compare/PWM channels
  • - Analog signal processing via ADC module
  • - Data exchange via serial interfaces

In order to underline the practical orientation of the laboratory exercises, the hardware of the respective applications is built up on so-called prototype boards ("breadboards";) from various individual components and assembly modules.