Course detail

Microprocessor Technics for Drives

FEKT-BKC-MTPAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course familiarizes students with applications of microprocessors used for measurements and process control. They are expected to have basic knowledge of digital circuits and elementary level of English. The students will widen their knowledge of digital circuits and their use. They will work individually with development systems for the Freescale DSP56F800E microprocessors, develop programs in the C language and uses measurement instrumentation for microprocessor circuits analysis. The course is focused on applications of the one-chip microcontrollers, measurement of electric and nonelectric quantities and digital control.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student which passes the course is able
- explain microprocessor principles at the level necessary for programing in assembler
- explain related terms: register, memory, program, CPU, program counter, linker, compiler, debugger, interrupt, interrupt service, interrupt vector, interrupt flag, periphery, stack, stack pointer, status register, conditional jump
- explain principles of peripheries for electric drives control (GPIO, PWM, ADC, Timer, SPI, SCI)
- use C language in microprocessors
- use assembler in microprocessors
- use development tools for application creation and debugging
- use and set peripheries for analogue measurement, pulse frequency measurement, generating PWM, data transfer using serial lines


Student which entre the course should be able - explain logic circuits principles - design algorithms and realize them in arbitrary programing language - read English texts for development tools user’s manuals study Regarding course orientation on electric drives control student should be able describe principle and mathematical model of DC motor - explain principle of transistor 4Q DC/DC innverer - Explain operation of DC drive in individual operating quadrants - Explain cascade control of DC drive


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Klíma B., Stupka R.;Mikroprocesorová technika v elektrických pohonech; Elektronický text FEKT VUT v Brně (CS)
Freescale; 56F802x and 56F803x Peripheral Reference Manual (EN)
Freescale Semiconductor; DSP56800E 16-Bit DSP Core Reference Manual, (EN)
Freescale Semiconductor; 56F8000 16-bit Digital Signal Controllers Data Sheet, (EN)
Freescale Semiconductor; DSP56800E_Quick_Start_Users_Manual, (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures and computer laboratories. Students do individual projects in computer laboratories

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Requirements for completion of a course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every. Evaluated are particular projects in laboratories and writen test as exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction, basic terms, microprocesor principle
2. C program in sigle chip microprocesor, compiler, linker.
3. Number systems, data types, bitwise logic operations, logic operation on expresions.
4. Stack, subroutine calling, local variables vs. globale variables.
5. Control structures in C, its relation to assembler, status register
6. Interrupts, interrupt vector, interrupt sources, interrupt service routine
7. Fractional arithmetics, programing functions for fractional arithmetics
8. Peripherials - GPIO, Timer
9. Introduction into microprocessor control of electric drives. Peripherial - PWM
10. Peripherial A/D converter
11. A/D converter - PWM synchronization. Electric quantities sensing.
12. Speed and position sensors in electric drives. Processing of position sensors signals
13. Serial interfaces SPI, SCI. Simple Huma Machine Interfaces - keypads, character LCD displays

Laboratory exercises:
1. Laboratory workplace, development tools, measuremet instrumentation. Simple C program
2. Development environment, debugging, simple expample with GPIO, peripherial drivers usage.
3. Data in memory, data types, bit operations, data fields, structures, constant variables in FLASH - examples.
4. Subroutine calling, writing of assembler function
5. Control structures in assembler function
6. Timer, its interrupt, LED blinking
7. Subroutine in fractional arithmetics
8. GPIO input, output mode, interrupt
9. PWM generator settings, PWM output signal analysis
10. A/D converter, conversion of signal from a generator
11. PWM, Timer, and A/D converter in synchronization mode
12. Pulse signal processring by counter
13. Simple SPI, SCI two node communication


Basic principles of digital control by microcontrollers, basic knowledges of programming.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year. Laboratories are compulsory.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKC-SEE Bachelor's, 3. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer