Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-644: Special Topics in Computer Systems: Mobile Hardware for Software Engineers




This course enables students to analyze the implications of mobile hardware capabilities and restrictions in order to plan and develop mobile applications. Students will be able to devise and interface simple hardware additions to mobile platforms such as cell-phones, internet tablets and wireless sensors. The course covers the elements of embedded systems development, such as hardware interface fundamentals, operating systems fundamentals, interrupts, and cross-development, as well mobile topics such as power management, machine- to-machine communication, radio/RF subsystems and wireless protocols. Topics typically include: USB, GPIO, blue-tooth, cellular networks, 802.11, Zigbee, RFID, NFC, CCD cameras, audio, etc. Student teams will undertake small HW/SW interfacing projects to sharpen their experience. Unlike a conventional hardware course, the course would instead focus on the software and its hardware implications, rather than the CPU and radio.

Prerequisites: Some understanding of basic electronic terminology and Java programming required; C programming desired

Last Modified: 2018-05-03 4:01PM

Semesters offered:

  • Fall 2014
  • Fall 2013
  • Fall 2012
  • Fall 2011
  • Fall 2010
  • Spring 2010
  • Spring 2009