Embedded Systems (ES)

About The Course es

Almost all Electronics, Electrical and Mechanical systems are now controlled by a controller, which is embedded as a part of the complete system. Such a system is called an Embedded System. Examples are tele-communication systems, chemical-processing plants, transportation systems such as aircrafts and automobiles, bio-medical instruments and home appliances like microwave ovens and washing machines. The characteristics of embedded systems are that they are designed to do some specific tasks often in real time satisfying certain performance requirements. It is achieved through the controllers and software called firmware stored in read only memory of the controller.

The vast majority of control systems built today are embedded, that is, they rely on builtin, special-purpose microcontrollers (digital computers) to close their feedback loops. Some systems may contain large number of controllers. In such settings, controllers often use shared networks to communicate with each other and with large numbers of sensors and actuators scattered throughout the system. The design of embedded controllers and the intricate, automated communication networks that support them raises many new problems- theoretical and practical about network protocols, compatibility of operating systems, and ways to maximize the effectiveness of the embedded hardware. This course will address many such questions and aspects of embedded and networked control.

Eligibility

B.E./B.Tech./AMIE in ECE / EEE / CSE / Electronics & Computers Engg / ETE/ IT/CSIT/  Electronics & Control Engg./Instrumentation Engg./ Instrumentation Technology / EIE / Electronics Engg.,/Bio-Medical Engg./ AMIETE and Electronics and Telematics Engg. (OR) equivalent / Electronics

Career Opportunities

Many students are not aware of the lucrative opportunities available in the field of Embedded Systems. Most graduates go after the popular “IT” industry to seek a good career. I think there are 2 reasons for this1) lack of awareness 2) entry barrier. While studying most students may come across the name “Embedded Systems”. Apart from that they may not be aware of -”what is an embedded system”, how do they work, what knowledge and skills should be acquired to build a great career in the field of embedded systems, which companies are working in this field etc etc. If it is in the case of computer science – the industry is readily known – the lucrative IT industry. The leading companies are Microsoft, Google, Adobe (product based) and there are many smaller and medium ones. There are service based IT firms like Wipro, Infosys, Accenture,Cognizant etc. Knowledge and skills required is mainly about programming languages and technologies – like Java, Asp.net, C & C++, Python, Php etc etc.. the list goes on. Entry barrier to the IT industry is very low. Any fresher with a basic skill and knowledge can get a job in this IT industry and that too with a decent entry level salary (well, that’s not the case always!!)

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