ECE 447: Single-chip Microcomputers

Spring 2014

Course Information

Time: Monday / Wednesday, 12:00 - 1:15pm
Location: Music/Theater Building, Room 1004
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ECE 445 and in either CS 222 or CS 367.
Required Textbook: "MSP430 Microcontroller Basics".
by John Davies.
ISBN-13: 978-0-7506-8276-3
Suggested Textbook: "Microcontroller Programming and Interfacing - Texas Instruments MSP430".
by Steven Barrett and Daniel Pack.
ISBN-13: 978-1-60845-713-7
Instructor: Dr. Craig Lorie (Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 3221)
Email: clorie [at]
Office Hours: Tuesday, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday, 5:00 - 6:00pm
TA: Bilal Habib
TA Email: bhabib [at]
TA Office Hours: Tuesday, 12:00 - 2:00pm
Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 3204
TA: Umar Sharif
TA Email: msharif2 [at]
TA Office Hours: Monday, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 3208

Course Description

Explores designing with single-chip microcomputers and microcomputer interfacing. Topics include role of microcomputers compared with microprocessors and other computers, microcomputer architecture and organization, real-time control issues, assembly language programming for control, design of control software, input/output methods, design tools, and available single-chip microcomputers. Students select project and design, and construct system including single-chip microcomputer and ancillary hardware to implement control system.