ELECTRONICS FOR INTERNET OF THINGS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Ability to learn principles
The student will acquire knowledge on the main considerations and issues in designing and realizing IoT systems. In particular, topics on signal acquisition, conditioning, data transmission, power consumption, manufacturing, security and reliability will be discussed. With such introductory classes, the student will develop knowledge on base IoT architectures, the main standards for interoperability and main performance metrics.
Ability to apply learned principles
This course focuses on practical case studies, useful to demonstrate how to apply learned concept to the design, realization and test of an IoT device. The whole device development chain is discussed, from sensor interfacing to signal acquisition and processing, power management and manufacturing.
This course aims at presenting basic topics on IoT enabling technologies. It cannot fully and exhaustively cover all technological aspects of the field, which is recent and in continuous evolution. Therefore, the focus will be on common aspects and evaluation metrics, to give some foundations upon which the student will autonomously build future specific professional knowledge. Relevant technical and scientific references will be introduced, for continuous self-learning.
The student will learn how to effectively discuss the main design phases, choices and challenges.
Course contents summary
This course aims at introducing electronic design techniques for “Internet of Things (IoT)” applications by means of specific case studies. Course contents are as follows:
- Introduction to IoT
- Power supply and power profiling of IoT devices
- Good practices in the design and manufacturing of IoT devices
- Signal acquisition and conditioning: the analog domain
- Signal and conditioning: the digital domain
- Basics of sensors data analysis
Introduction to IoT
Power supply and power profiling of IoT devices:
- Summary of power supply architectures for IoT devices
- Power supply stabilization
- Typical instantaneous and quiescent power profiles of IoT modules
Good practices in the design and manufacturing of IoT devices:
- Specifications analysis
- IoT device PCB manufacturing: components choice, layout, inter-IC communication protocols
Signal acquisition and conditioning: the analog domain:
- Case study_ typical IoT sensors
- Basics Signal conditioning and A/D conversion
Signal and conditioning: the digital domain. Filtering and signal enhancement
Basics of sensors data analysis: data driven methods
Scientific literature, technical manuals, course slides
The course is based on a series of lectures, focused on theorical topics as well as practical case studies.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final exam consists in a discussion about main concepts presented during classes.