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This course presents a global view of the architecture of microprocessor-based systems. It is mandatory in the Smart Objects track. The main studied topics are: the types of microprocessors, from the simplest to the most powerful, their instruction sets, the interactions between hardware and software, the peripherals (memories, interconnects, inputs-outputs, graphics engines,...), the interfaces between peripherals and microprocessors, how the peripherals are seen and used by the different software layers... The lectures are complemented by lab sessions to illustrate the interactions between hardware and software (processor simulators, debugging, step by step execution...). One or several mini-conferences given by industrials bring face to face the theory and the reality of a specific domain (high performance computing, Internet of Things - IoT...)

A two hours written exam, with documents accounts for 100% of the overall mark. Connected devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets...) are not allowed. Example past exams:

Note: attending the lab sessions and the ARM conferences is mandatory.

Recommendations for the lab sessions

The lab sessions take place in the GNU/Linux lab room 52 and 53 and are mandatory. All labs are distributed and managed using git and GitLab.

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