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Embedded Systems Essentials with Arm

Arm Education via edX Professional Certificate


Embedded systems engineers are in demand, thanks to the emergence of disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the 5G powered Internet of Things (IoT).  What’s more, embedded systems are the building blocks of our connected world and Arm-based technologies are the industry standard. Any aspiring engineer looking to unlock the limitless potential of the Fifth Wave of Computing will need to have a fundamental understanding of this important subject area.

The Arm EducationX Embedded Systems Essential Program will provide you with the foundational skills required to begin your embedded systems design and programming career. It is aimed at those familiar with computer or electrical engineering principles at an undergraduate level and with a basic understanding of a programming language such as C/C++.

With over 180 billion Arm-based chips shipped to date, and a record 6.7 billion Cortex-M processors shipped in the fourth quarter of 2020, Arm continues to play a leading role in the development and popularisation of embedded devices. If you’re looking to level-up your skills in this area, then this Program is the ideal place to begin your learning journey.

In Part 1 of the Program, we’ll give you an overview of the characteristics of an embedded system – its components, benefits and constraints. All of this will be supported by Arm’s Mbed API – you can download and use the Mbed simulator on your own computer to quickly get started with prototyping and building your microcontroller projects without the need for hardware.

You’ll then apply your new knowledge of digital and analog I/O, interrupts, low power features, timer and pulse width modulation to program an audio wave generator and audio player, and control peripherals along the way.

Part 2 of the Program will build upon the knowledge acquired in the first course and combine this with new foundational skills focusing on Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) and Serial Communication as they’re applied to Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers. During the course, we’ll introduce you to practical lab exercises using the popular and affordable ST Nucleo F401RE board, enabling you to obtain real-world experience in implementing these key concepts, We’ve partnered with ST Microelectronics to ensure you get easy access to all the materials you’ll need to build your hardware-based embedded systems applications. Visit our course page to find out more.

We’ll show you how to create applications including a user interface, temperature sensing system and a music player – with ideas to develop each further. By the end of the course, you’ll have an understanding of how to develop your own embedded systems application on industry-standard, Arm-based hardware.

The world of embedded systems is your door into IoT, and all the opportunities it has to offer. Kickstart your embedded systems career by enrolling in the Arm EducationX Embedded Systems Essential Program.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Embedded Systems Essentials with Arm: Getting Started

Get practical without hardware. Quickly prototype and build microcontroller projects using industry-standard APIs.

Course 2: Embedded Systems Essentials with Arm: Get Practical with Hardware

Spark your creativity with Arm. Level up your Embedded Systems skills by developing working embedded prototypes using the Mbed API and an Arm-based development board, and unlock the boundless opportunities of the Internet of Things.


Taught by

Mark Allen, Tim Wilmshurst, Khaled Benkrid and Shuojin Hang


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