Introduction to C Programming for Embedded Systems — A 5 day course

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This course discusses C programming in the context of implementing C applications for 8 bit and 16 bit micro-controller architectures.

A distinction is made between pure ANSI C programming and use of pragmas and extensions as found with various embedded C compilers targeted at specific microcontrollers.

General ANSI C programming is taught using a PC oriented IDE such as Microsoft's Visual Studio or the GCC compiler under Eclipse. Embedded target specific aspects are illustrated using one or more C compilers for PIC16, PIC18 and PIC24 / dsPIC architectures.

You will also learn basic techniques for mixed C and Assembler programming. The hands on exercises also cover the use of simulation, debugging and In Circuit Debugging techniques, as well as techniques for In System Programming.

Each section of the material covered by the tutor is followed by hands-on practical exercises for which worked examples of the solutions are typically provided.


Students successfully completing this course will have a sound understanding of C programming.

You will understand the basic C data types, arrays and pointers.

You will have a good appreciation of data structures and their uses, and the use of pointers to data structures and arrays of data structures.

You'll learn how to use arrays to implement circular buffers and how to use them, and how to use arrays to implement stacks, and the uses of software stacks.

You will also be introduced to basic techniques of memory management and programming with dynamic data structures - being able to implement circular buffers and stacks using singly linked and doubly linked lists.

You'll also learn techniques for implementing interrupt handler code in C, multi-module programming including applications containing a mixture of C and assembly language modules, and techniques for manipulating hardware registers and special function registers.


An Introduction to C

C Basic data types

Programming constructs

Functions in C

Data Structures

Advanced topics

Overview of the C standard library

Embedded System Oriented Topics

Basics of event driven programming

Suitable For

Programmers and engineers who already have some understanding of programming and who now wish to gain a solid understanding of the use of C for embedded systems software development.


Attendees should have a basic knowledge of programming and computers. No previous knowledge of the C language is assumed.