Wireless Embedded Systems

CSE190 A00 - Winter 2019

Lectures are M/W from 9:00am to 9:50am in EBU3B (CSE) 2154.
Lab is F from 9:00am to 9:50am in EBU3B (CSE) 2154.
The instructor is Aaron Schulman (aka Aaron Shalev). Office hours: M/F from 10:00am to 11:50am in CSE 3120.
The teaching assistant is Sneh Shah. Office hours: 5pm-6:45pm EBU3B (CSE) 3219

Wireless embedded systems bridge our physical world with powerful digital control systems and cloud data analytics. Applications range from medical devices such as Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose meters, to payment systems such as Near-Field Communication-based credit cards. In this class, students will learn about how an embedded system works from the ground up. The lectures will focus on the key enabling components of embedded systems, including: Clocks, GPIO, Interrupts, Busses, Amplifiers, Regulators, Power supplies, ADC/DAC, DMA, Storage, and Wireless communication. The goal of the class is to familiarize the students with these components so that they feel comfortable working on a team that is building a device that incorporates a wireless embedded system.


This is the first iteration of this course; as such, students that would like to enroll need to submit an application. Applications will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.



We will be supplementing the lectures with material from the following freely available sources:

Course management

We will manage discussions, grading, and announcements for this course with TritonEd.

Grading Criteria and Late Policy

  • 30% - Midterm Exam
  • 70% - Four assignments
The late policy for the course is as follows: you are permitted three total days that you can submit any of the projects late. For example, you can be late one day (24 hours) on three of the projects, or late three days on one project.



Day Topic Preparation for class
Week 1: Introduction to emdedded systems
Mon Jan 7 Introduction Lecture 1 Slides (ppt)
Wed Jan 9 MCUs Lecture 2 Slides (ppt)
Week 2: IO and Time
Mon Jan 14 MMIO and GPIO Lecture 2 Slides (ppt) (continued)
Wed Jan 16 Timers Lecture 3 Slides (ppt)
Week 3: Interrupts and asynchronous behavior
Mon Jan 21 MLK Holiday No class
Wed Jan 23 Interrupts Lecture 3 Slides (ppt) (continued)
Week 4: Serial communication between the MCU and peripherals
Mon Jan 28 Introduction to serial busses (UART) Lecture 4 Slides (ppt)
Wed Jan 30 Introduction to serial busses (SPI) Lecture 4 Slides (ppt) (continued)
Fri Feb 1 Introduction to serial busses (I2C) Lecture 4 Slides (ppt) (continued)
Week 5: DMA
Mon Feb 4 Introduction to DMA Lecture 5 Slides (ppt)
Wed Feb 6 How to use DMA Lecture 5 Slides (ppt) (continued)
Fri Feb 8 Project 2 implementation discussion (I2C)
Week 6: Debugging hardware and wireless
Mon Feb 11 Debugging hardware Lecture 6 Slides (ppt)
Wed Feb 13 Introduction to Wireless Lecture 7 Slides (ppt)
Fri Feb 15 Introduction to Wireless (continued) Lecture 7 Slides (ppt)
Week 7: Midterm week
Mon Feb 15 Presidents day holiday No class
Wed Feb 17 Midterm Exam Exam
Fri Feb 17 Introduction to Bluetooth Low Energy Reviewed NRF8001 datasheet and GATT Services