Beyond Arduino: Electronics for Developers & Makers - (GPIO)
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Beyond Arduino: Electronics for Developers & Makers - (GPIO)

Learn beyond the basics of electronics and hardware design for your embedded hardware or IoT projects.
4.5 (81 ratings)
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What Will I Learn?
  • Design the hardware around your IoT applications
  • Design add-on circuitry for popular development boards such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
  • Understand how a microcontroller interacts with its supporting hardware
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  • A development platform is recommended to get the most out of this course. Anything from Arduino to Raspberry Pi to the BASIC Stamp, TI Launchpad or NXP Freedom board will do. Even stand alone microcontrollers such as NXP s08, microchip PIC or TI MSP430 will do.
  • Some actuators and sensors, not necessarily designed to work with your development platform. Anything you'd like to experiment with, such as RC servos, LCD displays, temperature sensors, motors, accelerometers, optical encoders, potentiometers and so on.
  • Some basic knowledge of how to run your code in your development platform is assumed.
  • Some basic knowledge on electronics is assumed, such as Ohm's Law, Series and Parallel Circuits, Voltage, Current, and so on

In this course you will learn that there's more to life than the Arduino Uno and that there's probably a better way to do what you've been doing with microcontrollers. Yes, Arduino is an excellent platform to get you started, but you will learn that Arduino is not part of the day to day electronics you use like your TV, microwave oven or car dashboard. 

Do you know how the supporting hardware in a microcontroller work? Well, you will learn that here. Also as a bonus you will learn how the functions in dumbed-down libraries work. 

This is not exactly a hands-on course, not if you don't want it to be. There are no promises on the projects you’ll make because I won’t force you to build something you didn’t choose to. However, I strongly recommend that you code along. Several microcontroller development platforms are showcased, but you should follow the examples with your own microcontroller.

You should know that most lectures have the following elements:

-Recommended Material

-“Recall” Slide

-Actual lecture content

-Live Demo

- and Quizzes

Who is the target audience?
  • Makers who have some experience with hardware and would like to learn how these circuits work with as few equations as possible.
  • Coders who were introduced to hardware through some development board popular in the Maker movement, such as the Raspberry Pi or Arduino (e.g. blinking an LED, reading push button input)
  • Beginners who would rather skip the boring theory and math, and dive into fun hands- on applications that move, light up and make sounds instead.
  • This course is not for advanced hardware designers or electrical engineers.
  • This is not an introductory Microcontroller course. You will not learn to use an Arduino board by taking this course.
  • This is not a theoretical electronics course. Some of the basics are covered but we won't study differential equations, transforms, or transfer functions.
  • This is not a programming introductory course. You won't learn C, python or Java by taking this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
110 Lectures
6 Lectures 07:02

The course content is roughly divided by the section topics.

Most sections have the following structure:

  • A Recommended Material lecture with the things you need to know before you start the section.
  • A dedicated slide to remind you of the key concepts we're about to use.
  • The actual content of the lesson.
  • A wrap up slide with the concepts you have learned in the lesson.
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Instructor Introduction

This video describes the recommended knowledge and material to take the most out of this course.

What You'll Need

What You'll Learn

Your Own Projects

Content Distribution
The Usual Microcontroller Architecture
5 Lectures 12:11
Recommended Material

What's inside

Some Real Block Diagrams

Some Kind of Parallelism

Test your undesrtanding of the basic microcontroller architecture.

3 questions
Pin Multiplexing
2 Lectures 09:20
Some Example Microcontrollers

Test your knowledge on Pin Multiplexing

Pin Multiplexing
2 questions
Development Tools
4 Lectures 14:13
Beginner vs Advanced Tools

Who the Target Audience is

Some Example Development Tools

Some Reasonable, Undeniable Remarks
LEDs 101
5 Lectures 24:01
Recommended Material

LEDs 101: How to Turn LEDs On and Off

LEDs 101: Calculating the Series Resistance

LEDs 101: Multicolor LEDs

LEDs 101: Not Exactly Building Blocks

Test your knowledge on LEDs

LED Series Resistance Calculations
3 questions
Pulse Width Modulation
7 Lectures 17:35
Recommended Material

PWM: Periodic Pulses

Rectangular Signals

PWM: Pulse Width Modulation

Power Control

Analog Signal Generation

Test your knowledge on PWM

Pulse Width Modulation
9 questions

Optional Project: Pulse Width Modulation
LED Display Scan Algorithm
8 Lectures 35:15
Recommended Material

LED Arrays

Controlling LED Arrays

The 7 Segment Hardware

The Algorithm

The Decode Function

Numbers with a Decimal Point
Live Demo: 7-Segment Scan Algorithm with the BASIC Stamp 2
6 Lectures 31:41
The BASIC Stamp 2: The Good

The BASIC Stamp 2: The Bad

The Hardware

The BASIC Stamp Software

The Scan Function in PBASIC

The Decode Subroutine and Live Demo
Live Demo: 7-Segment Scan Algorithm with the Tiva C Launchpad
6 Lectures 23:30
The Hardware

The Tiva C Launchpad

The Launchpad Development Software

The Scan Function

The Decode Function and Live Demo

Why is it missing counts?
What's Wrong with This Algorithm?
5 Lectures 19:30
What's Wrong with This Algorithm

The Original Scan Algorithm

A Better Scan Algorithm

What about Interrupts?

Can we do Better?
11 More Sections
About the Instructor
Eduardo Corpeño
4.4 Average rating
150 Reviews
1,781 Students
5 Courses
Electrical & Computer Engineer

I'm an Electrical and Computer Engineer. I've been teaching Electrical and Computer Engineering at undergraduate and graduate for over 10 years now. 

I love hardware, software and teaching.

I have 5 courses on Udemy so far, one on a technique to solve engineering problems easily, and a series of 4 courses (so far) on the electronics and algorithms behind microcontroller platforms.

Among the subjects in the classes I teach on campus, my strongest are Electrical Circuit Theory, Electronic Devices, Digital Design, Computer Architecture, Microcontrollers, Assembly and C Programming for Embedded Applications, Hardware Description Language, Field Programmable Gate Arrays, Artificial Intelligence, Printed Circuit Board Design and Real Time Operating Systems.

Along with two of my finest colleagues, I created one of the first MOOCs in spanish, an introduction to the Raspberry Pi. We wrote a conference paper on the outcome of this very successful course. 

I recently got a Master of Science in Computer Science at Georgia Tech and I loved every minute of it.

Marissa Siliezar
4.4 Average rating
150 Reviews
1,781 Students
5 Courses
Telecom Engineer

Telecom Engineer passionate about new technologies and my family. The general background I have revolves around value added services in mobile services and also product marketing for a major brand of mobile devices. When it comes to hardware design I came across various developer platforms when designing my bachelor's thesis. After 6+ years of experience I became a mommy to my dear Ignacio and a stay at home mommy.