Course detail

Hardware and Microprocessor Technique

FSI-VHT-KAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course is aimed to adoption of basic knowledge of computer hardware. Further the course both in theory and practical use aims to working with 8 bits microprocessors ATmega. Students learns on practical examples using development kits how to solve basic tasks of uP technology.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be able to design a basic PC configuration and create simple programs controlling a 8b microprocessor ATmega.


Basic knowledge from mathematics and physics and C programming are required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Minasi M.: PC - velký průvodce Hardwarem, Grada 1996
Ošmera P.: Počítače - CD, 2004
Minasi M.: The complete PC Upgrade an Maintanance Guide, Sybex Inc., 1995

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Active participation and the development of a simple microprocessor programs. Final project.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Acquirement of overview of PC hardware and peripheries. Adoption of practical knowledge and skill in programming of 8 bit microprocessors ATmega (ATmega,Xmega).

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

Solving an extra assignment can compensate absence.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-K Bachelor's

    branch B-AIŘ , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit


Guided consultation in combined form of studies

17 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. PC hardware and it's architecture
2. PC hardware and peripheries I (processors, principles of increasing power, assembler)
3. PC hardware and peripheries II (memory, bus, GPU)
4. PC hardware and peripheries III (recording devices, printers and imaging devices)
5. PC hardware and peripheries IV (I/O communication, I/O devices)
6. Microprocessor HW and it's architecture
7. Microprocessors I (platforms: Arduino, RaspberryPi)
8. Microprocessors II (bus, signals, timing circuits, RTC, A/D converters)
9. Microprocessors III (interrupt subsystem, communication interface, peripheries)
10. Communication interface UART, I2C, SPI, CANopen
11. Communication interface ZigBee
12. Signal processors (DSP5603) and filed-programmable gate array (Xilinx)
13. Modern trends in hardware and microprocessor technology

Guided consultation

35 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Explanation of work with computer technology, electronics and relevant laboratory background (multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.). Description of PC and its peripherals. Description of Arduino and RaspebrryPi platforms.
2. ASM Programming Language (Assembler).
3. Programming language ANSI C and Python.
4. Interrupt system (external and internal interrupt, masked unmasked). Counters, RTC.
5. Communication RS232, 485, serial bus I2C.
6. Wireless communication.
7. A / D converters and data collection for IoT.
8. LCD Display and HD44780 Display Controller.
9. RealTime application with Matlab / Simulink.
10. Control of modeling servos. Pulse Width Modulation (PWM).
11. Stepper motor control.
12. DC motor control.
13. Project defense and presentation of new technologies.


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