Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Electronic systems for mechatronics
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Mechatronic Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Chiaberge Marcello ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-INF/01 40 0 40 40 11
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/01 8 C - Affini o integrative Attivitą formative affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
The course is taught in English.
This course is mandatory for the Master of Science in Mechatronics Engineering. The program includes topics of general electronics, with particular attention to all the aspects related with the acquisition and processing systems architectures for embedded systems, analyzing the most important aspects of analog, digital and mixed signal circuits and subsystems typical of electronic applications in the automotive and industrial sectors.
Expected learning outcomes
- Knowledge of various types of amplifier stages and their applications; capacity for analysis and design of related circuits; selection of components considering the effects of various design choices.
- Ability to analyze and design amplifiers and other circuits (active filters, circuits with positive reaction, etc...) based on operational amplifiers; knowledge and use of the choice parameters and criteria for operational amplifiers and other functional integrated modules and circuits.
- Quantitative assessment of the effect of sampling and quantization in the conversion architectures from analog to digital and backward; design of A to D circuits with errors distribution between the various modules. Knowledge of various types of A to D and D to A converters, of their characteristics and related circuits; ability to choose analog integrated components parts and their use in complex circuits. Operation of A to D and D to A converters and differential assessment of the oversampling effects.
- Knowledge and use of the latest generation of programmable digital devices such as FPGAs and DSPs and criteria for the selection of these embedded systems for mechatronic applications in the industrial and automotive field
- Programming techniques and code generation for FPGA and DSP from simulation environments and high-level design
- Knowledge of issues related with interfacing electronic components at board and system-level
- Ability of analysis of the main serial protocols used in automotive and industrial applications.
- Elements of system design and drafting of specific projects in complex electronic systems.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Elements of basic electronics corresponding to the end of the three-year degree (BSc) in Electronics Engineering.
Models of operational amplifiers (ideal and real) and their use in feedback circuits.
Basic knowledge and analytical skills applied to basic electronics (basic filters and circuits with AO reaction).
Topics covered during lessons and practical laboratory activities and relative weight in credits (cr).
- Amplification circuits, models and elementary stages (1cr)
- Amplifiers and active filters; choice of components and practical applications (1cr)
- Conversion systems A to D to A, parameters, errors, advanced circuits for ADC and DAC (2cr)
- FPGA and DSP (1cr)
- Programming FPGA and DSP (1cr)
- Interfacing circuits (1cr)
- Electronic system design (1cr)
Delivery modes
The classroom exercises are normally small projects and designs related with topics covered in the previous lessons.
The experimental laboratories (mandatory) include the practical verification of the circuits designed during exercises and lessons, with measurements and behavior analysis. There are 8 different experimental exercises, with the possibility of repetition. The laboratory exercises are carried out by teams of 3/4 students, who have to prepare a report for each exercise to be delivered as weekly homework. The reports are evaluated and contribute to the final score.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The reference text, which covers most of the topics is: J. Millman, A. Grabel, P. Land: Electronics Millman, McGraw-Hill, 2008.
Copies of the presentations used in lectures, examples of written examination and exercises, as well as text and datasheets of the components used for the laboratory exercises are available.
All course material is available for download through the didactic website.
Assessment and grading criteria
The final exam consists of two distinct written parts that are carried out together in the same day: one part related with exercises / project analysis (such as those seen during the course and in the laboratory exercises) and a second part related with theory (three or four open questions, 5 minutes time for each question).
The first part has a typical duration of about 60 minutes, while the second depends on the number of questions. The exam lasts less than two hours.
During the first part (exercises), you can use notes, forms, educational materials, etc... but is NOT allowed the use of personal computers (only classic calculators). During the second part (theory), you can refer to anything and you do not need calculators.

The two parts are evaluated separately and average between them: to be considered valid, both scores must be at least greater than 14 /30. The score so obtained is added with the evaluation of laboratory exercises (delta max. between -3 and +3). The resulting score can be registered as is or further integrated (positive or negative) with a possible optional oral session.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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