Embedded Electronics System Design

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 17.1 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
201–250 place StudyQA ranking:4227 Duration:24 months

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This programme educates engineers who can conceive complex embedded systems specifications, design such systems at the electronics systems level (ESL) and implement and verify the systems using state-of-the-art integrated circuits and packaging technologies and design tools. The programme provides in-depth coverage of the methodologies critical to the process.

Embedded systems combine hardware and software components to achieve certain functionalities. A well-known example is the mobile phone of today – a handheld low-power device that carries out signal processing at the same time it is able to entertain its user with computer games, Internet sessions, and/or streaming audio/video.
Device functionality must be implemented within challenging constraints such as computer performance, real-time demands, reliability, power consumption and design factors.

To meet the requirements within the constraints, designers must not only understand the technology of commodity hardware components such as microprocessors, they must also master the design of application-specific electronic systems.

Who should apply

The programme naturally finds its participants among bachelor degree holders in electrical engineering or computer engineering, as well among students of physics engineering or from the field of control and automation.

Why apply

Graduates are qualified to work as productive engineers on industrial teams that design and build state-of-the-art electronics products. They are also qualified to pursue graduate studies leading to a doctorate in the field of electronic system design and packaging. Specifically, this means that our graduates are:

  • proficient in the basic area of conceiving, designing, implementing and verifying complex embedded electronic systems; the area ranges from software for embedded electronic systems to analogy transistor circuits,
  • proficient in the use of various state-of-the-art computer-aided design tools used in industry,
  • aware of the fundamental limitations of both the design tools and methodologies, and the technology platforms that represent current best practice,
  • able to analyse new technical challenges and generate technical advancements at either the embedded electronic systems level or at the device, circuit and packaging level,
  • able to carry out qualified industrial tasks within given constraints by applying suitable methods; this also applies when, in an industrial context, technical aspects might be secondary to constraints associated with finances and the environment,
  • able, critically, independently and creatively, to identify, formulate and solve complex problems in the field of embedded electronic system design and to make software/hardware trade-offs,
  • able, critically and systematically, to integrate knowledge to model, simulate, predict and evaluate behaviour and events, even with limited or incomplete information,
  • able, clearly and unambiguously, to communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these conclusions.

Research connections

Research opportunities in this field are excellent worldwide. At Chalmers, we have a strong research environment and the programme is solidly based on the research performed within the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Microtechnology and Nanoscience and Signals and Systems. The programme is also one of the cornerstone programmes within the field of information and communication technology, which is one of Chalmers’ main research areas.

Career opportunities

The Swedish electronics industry is a heavily systems-oriented industry; there is a strong need for design engineers with a systems perspective. Our graduates will typically find jobs in companies such as Ericsson, Sony-Ericsson, ST-Ericsson, Saab Electronic Defence Systems, RUAG Space, Atmel Corporation, NXP, etc. or work as consultants at these and other companies.

The opportunities for international students graduating from this programme are excellent given the expansion of the industry worldwide in general and in Asia in particular.

Most young electronic system designers focus on embedded processors, microprocessors, radio frequency power amplifiers, power supplies or microwave receivers. The programme is designed to allow for these strategic specialisations.

Experienced designers may continue their career in a system architect position, where detailed insight into design methods and technology platforms makes it possible to compare different solutions at a higher level. Since an increasing number of products contain electronics – and the larger production counts of a global economy favour more specialised designs – talented electronic system designers have a bright future.

Year 1
AUTUMN TERM
Study period 1
Compulsory courses
  • Introduction to electronic system design, Laboratory
  • Introduction to electronic system design, Examination
  • Introduction to integrated circuit design, Examination
  • Introduction to integrated circuit design, Laboratory
  • Introduction to integrated circuit design, Written and oral assignments
Elective courses
  • Fault-tolerant computer systems, Examination
  • Fault-tolerant computer systems, Laboratory
  • Parallel computer organization and design, Laboratory
AUTUMN TERM Study period 2 Compulsory courses D
  • Methods for electronic system design and verification, Written and oral assignments
Elective courses
  • Computer architecture, Project
  • Computer architecture, Examination
  • Mixed-signal system design, Laboratory
  • Introduction to microsystems packaging, Examination
SPRING TERM Study period 3 Compulsory courses
  • Embedded system design project, Project
Elective courses
  • Real time systems, Examination
  • Real time systems, Laboratory
  • Fundamentals of photonics, Examination
  • Managerial economics, Examination
SPRING TERM Study period 4 Compulsory courses
  • Embedded system design project, Project
Elective courses
  • Energy aware computing, Laboratory
  • Energy aware computing, Written and oral assignments
  • Energy aware computing, Examination
  • Laser engineering, Examination
  • Laser engineering, Laboratory
  • Laser engineering, Project
  • Compiler construction, Examination
  • Compiler construction, Laboratory
  • Industrial management, Examination
Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Digital Design profile and a Major in: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Engineering Physics or the equivalent. Prerequisites: Electronic and computer fundamentals (including Electric circuit theory, Electronics, Digital Fundamentals, Digital system design using VHDL/Verilog and Computer Organization), Basic Engineering Mathematics fundamentals (including Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations and Transform theory), Basic Programming and Signals and Systems (including control and filter fundamentals).Preferable course experience: Advanced computer organization, Electrical measurements, Semiconductor devices or Microelectronics and C/C++ programming. English Language ProficiencyThe most common and important scores that are accepted are IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
All Scholarships administered by Chalmers have now been awarded and all applicants have been notified of their selection results.

Important: Applications for scholarships should be made along with the application for Master's studies. Students should not wait until they receive an admission to do so.

  • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.

  • The IPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and available to nearly all fee-paying students, with the exception of 12 countries.

  • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master's thesis project.

  • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.

  • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student with US citizenship.

  • The Volvo Car Corporation Scholarships are 100% tuition fee waivers awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Car Corporation.

  • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.

Scholarships that will not be offered in 2014

  • The Chalmers MasterCard Scholarship (will be offered again in 2015) Available biennialy for a Master's student from Central America, South America or Mexico. The scholarship comprises a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).

  • The FlexLink Scholarship (not available in 2014) for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.

Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

Scholarships for current students

Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships - Will be offered for the first time during 2014 to fee paying Master's Programme students who were admitted Autumn 2013, including scholarship holders whose scholarships do not include costs of living coverage. This means that, for instance, holders of Swedish Institute scholarships and Sievert Larsson, version 2 scholarships will not be eligible to apply. In order to be eligible the applicant must have passed at least 60 credits during the first year of studies. The scholarships, which amount to 60 000 SEK each, will be awarded based on the applicants' cumulative grade point average . Around 10 to 20 scholarships will be offered in 2014. More information about how to apply, etc., will be published soon.

Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

Scholarships administered by the Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute, a government agency, administers over 500 scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university. Use their online guide in order to find out if any of the Swedish Institute scholarships are available for citizens of your country at your intended level of study.

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