University of Colorado Boulder

Sensors and Sensor Circuit Design

This course is part of Embedding Sensors and Motors Specialization

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James Zweighaft
Jay Mendelson

Instructors: James Zweighaft

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What you'll learn

  • Use the core features of the Cypress PSOC development kit.

  • Choose the right temperature sensor, rotary sensor and amplifier for an application.

  • Interface sensors, LCD, and ADC to the PSOC development kit.

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

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Advanced level
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31 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
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There are 5 modules in this course

In module 1 you will learn how to specify and use temperature sensors in an embedded circuit. First, you will learn about common types of sensors and actuators found in common products such as smart phones and automobiles. Then you will get a high-level overview of analog and digital interfaces, followed by a deep dive into thermistors, RTD’s, and thermocouples. For each of these three types of thermal sensors, we define the core theory and formulae, give you examples of how commercial sensors are packaged, and explain what you need to know to purchase them on a web site.

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10 videos2 readings1 quiz

In module 2 you will learn how to design a complete temperature sensor system within a development kit environment. We will teach you how to assign internal components to the schematic. This includes pins, amplifiers, MUX’s, DAC’s, and ADC’s. Then you will learn how to wire in external parts: resistors, thermistors in particular, to the kit. Finally, you will take a deep dive into interfacing a thermistor and associated front end components to the development kit. This includes lessons on using the schematic portion of the kit, as well as writing application software in c code.

What's included

14 videos2 readings1 quiz

In module 3 you will learn how rotary sensors work and how to specify them for purchase. In our videos rotary sensors include both optical encoders and resolvers. You will also learn the design intricacies of flow sensors, along with their appropriate applications. The videos will discuss variable area, differential pressure, vortex, ultrasonic, turbine, thermal mass flow, and coriolis flow meters.

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15 videos3 readings1 quiz

In module 4 you will learn the theory and practical application of amplifiers and circuit noise. You will review how gain is calculated in inverting, non-inverting, summing, differential, and instrumentation amplifiers. We will then contrast theoretical vs. real-world amplifier performance, and give examples of how commercial chips specs are interpreted. Then we will discuss the causes of noise in sensor circuits, how the noise affects sensor accuracy, and some steps you can take to reduce noise in your sensor circuit designs.

What's included

10 videos2 readings1 quiz

This module contains the materials you need to complete the thermistor lab assignment.

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2 readings1 quiz

Instructors

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4.6 (301 ratings)
James Zweighaft
University of Colorado Boulder
4 Courses88,693 learners
Jay Mendelson
University of Colorado Boulder
6 Courses89,742 learners

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