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The use of low cost portable microcontrollers in teaching undergraduate Computer Architecture and Organization

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This paper presents our experiences in teaching undergraduate Computer Architecture and Organization using a low cost portable microcontroller, MSP 430 manufactured by Texas Instrument Inc. This microcontroller is hosted on a USB dongle along with necessary hardware interfaces for system configuration. The microcontroller, though simple, covers basic fundamentals of computer systems, and indeed is a great platform for beginners to start with. This low cost portable device makes it possible for students to conduct labs and projects at anytime and anywhere.

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Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC), 2012 IEEE 2nd

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9-9 March 2012