Embedded Software

UC Irvine - Spring ‘22 - CS 145

Principles of embedded computing systems: embedded systems architecture, hardware/software components, system software and interfacing, real-time operating systems, hardware/software co-development, and communication issues. Examples of embedded computing in real-world application domains. Simple programming using an embedded systems development environment.


Lecture: T/Th 8:00-9:20am, In-person @ DBH 1100
Office Hours:   T/Th 10:00-11:00am, In-person @ ICS 415
Labs: WebSoc & Follow TA Instructions
Grade: Homework 20%, Projects 60%, Final 20% (i.e., Project 5)
Final Exam:   Tue, Jun 7, 8:00-10:00am

Rules & Guidelines

  • Must be enrolled in CS 145 & CS 145L
  • Please silence phones during lecture
  • Late submissions not accepted
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  • For add/drop deadlines see campus policies
  • Complete homework directly on zyBook by deadline
  • Complete projects as defined on Canvas by deadline
  • All assignment deadlines are 11:59PM PT


Programming Embedded Systems by Frank Vahid and Tony Givargis
Please note that all author royalties have been declined and applied toward reducing the cost of this book.
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Tools & Parts

You’ll need some stuff to build the projects for this course. These tools & parts will need to be purchased. The instructor will go over the possibility of working in teams of two. If you decide to work in teams of two, you can share one set of these tools & parts. Please complete, sign, and submit this contract via Canvas if you decide to work as a team.


  • Introduction
  • Embedded Programming
  • State Machines
  • Synchronous SMs
  • Concurrent synchSMs
  • I/O
  • Peripherals
  • Task Scheduler
  • Programming Issues
  • Control Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing



  1. Read and Perform Activities of zyBook Chapters 1-2, 5%, 2022-04-08
  2. Read and Perform Activities of zyBook Chapters 3-5, 5%, 2022-04-22
  3. Read and Perform Activities of zyBook Chapters 6-7, 5%, 2022-05-06
  4. Read and Perform Activities of zyBook Chapters 8-10, 5%, 2022-05-20
  5. Read and Perform Activities of zyBook Chapters 11-14, 5%, 2022-06-03
Your lowest homework grade is automatically dropped :)



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