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Electronics MA, Physical Modelling of Embedded Systems, 7.5 credits

General data

Code: EL044A
Subject/Main field: Elektronik
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Electronics Design
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 9/29/2017
Date of change: 11/20/2017
Version valid from: 1/1/2018


The objective of this course is to provide a deeper understanding of the physical parameters effecting the embedded systems. The acquired knowledge should enable the students to design robust embedded systems by considering the physical effects surrounding them. It should also provide basic knowledge of the selected tools for performing FEM based modelling and coupled physical phenomena in spice based simulations.

Course objectives

Upon the completion of the course the students should be able to:

- Demonstrate a general understanding of the physical effects surrounding embedded systems
- Perform calculations of thermal and EMI effects on embedded systems
- Set up and perform FEM based simulation related to embedded systems
- Set up and perform coupled physical effects in spice based softwares
- Design a package for the embedded system considering the physical effects.


The course focuses on the physical effects involving the embedded system design, and covers:
- A general overview of the physical effects relevant for embedded systems
- Theoretical foundation of thermal modelling including heat sources and laminar flow.
- Theoretical foundation of electromagnetic interference.
- FEM and spice based modelling and simulations
- Design considerations and packing

Entry requirements

Electrical Engineering BA (AB), 60 credits, including digital electronics, micro controllers and analogue electronics.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The teaching will consist of lectures complemented by lab sessions.

The lab sessions will consist of tasks based on the practical physical effects and will introduce tools for analyzing them in context of embedded systems.

Examination form

2.0 Credits, L101: FEM labs
Grades: Pass or Fail.

2.0 Credits, L201: SPICE labs
Grades: Pass or Fail.

3.5 Credits, R101: Assignments with written and oral presentation
Grades: A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. A-E are passed and Fx and F are failed.

The final grade is based on the grades on the individual modules.

Grading criteria for the subject can be found at

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Research articles

Book chapters

Complementary material, if needed.