Cannot be taken with: PHY31002
Pre-requisites: PHY235, PHY241

PHY225, PHY235, PHY241

Aims/Description: This module involves programming of embedded microprocessors for real-time data acquisition (ensuring that all the measurements coming in from your apparatus end up stored on computers without missing a single data sample) and digital control (implementation of control signals to adjust the state of your apparatus). You will learn to program single-board computers and programmable logic devices called FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays), using a variety of programming architectures and techniques including state machine architectures, hardware interrupts, semaphores and hardware development languages. The computing skills acquired (referred to as SCADA for supervisory control and data acquisition) are highly transferable.

Staff Contact: Julie Milner
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Lab work

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