CS 145/145L ~ Embedded Software & Associated Lab

Prof. Tony Givargis

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: TuTh 8:00-9:20am (Virtual)
Labs: WebSoc & Follow TA Instructions
TA: Mason Nienaber (nienabem@uci.edu), Michael Demirev (mdemirev@uci.edu)
Reader: Igor De Oliveira Nunes (igord@uci.edu)
Grade: Homework 20%, Projects 60%, Final 20% (i.e., Project 5)
Final Exam: Tue, Mar 16, 8:00-10:00am


  • Must be enrolled in CS 145 & CS 145L
  • No mobile-phones during lecture (switch off or silent)
  • Late submissions not accepted
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  • For add/drop deadlines see campus policies
  • Submit homework via Canvas by deadline
  • Submit projects via Canvas by deadline


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 and sign this contract 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%, 1/15/21
  2. Read and Perform Activities of zyBook Chapters 3-5, 5%, 1/29/21
  3. Read and Perform Activities of zyBook Chapters 6-7, 5%, 2/12/21
  4. Read and Perform Activities of zyBook Chapters 8-9, 5%, 2/26/21
  5. Read and Perform Activities of zyBook Chapters 11-12, 5%, 3/12/21


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