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Use of Student Experiments for Teaching Embedded Software Development Including HW/SW Co-Design

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3 Author(s)
Mitsui, H. ; Sch. of Sci. & Eng., Tokyo Denki Univ., Hatoyama, Japan ; Kambe, H. ; Koizumi, H.

Embedded systems have been applied widely, not only to consumer products and industrial machines, but also to new applications such as ubiquitous or sensor networking. The increasing role of software (SW) in embedded system development has caused a great demand for embedded SW engineers, and university education for embedded SW engineering has become important. The embedded software engineers should learn system architecture design and hardware (HW) technologies as well as SW technologies. However, only a few universities offer education courses for embedded software engineering that include system architecture design and HW technologies. This paper proposes a student experiment method that is designed to nurture embedded SW engineers by teaching these technologies. The proposed method includes an experiment for embedded SW development, an experiment for embedded HW development and a HW/SW co-design experiment, which help students learn system architecture design skills such as system modeling, HW/SW tradeoff design, and SW and HW module design. A model of each experiment was developed and evaluated.

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Aug. 2009

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