Final Exam Review Topics
Since the final is comprehensive, topics listed on the midterm reviews
will be covered. The following list is intended as a general guide of
additional topics to review (those covered since the second midterm).
The exam may cover topics not explicitly listed here. Read the book
- Book and lecture topics
- terminology: cross-compilers, cross-assemblers, linkers,
- address resolution: mapping variables and functions to addresses
- mechanisms to map code and data to ROM and RAM
- segments, what they are and why they are important
- assigning segments to memory address ranges
- special cases: initialized data, constant strings, executing out of RAM
- techniques of getting embedded software into the target system
- terminology: ROM emulators
- writing flash-resident code that can load new updates of itself
- organizing code to facilitate testing and debugging
- limitations and advantages of host-based testing
- terminology: test scaffold code, script file parsers
- limitations and advantages of instruction set simulators
- "assert" macros: usefulness, implementation
- useful tools: scopes, logic analyzers, in-circuit emulators,
- challenges in extracting the data you want: signal pins very
close together, ASICs, on-chip caches
- pair programming
- extreme programming
Final Exam: Recommended Preparation Strategy
- Reread the text. This is most important!
- Review the lecture slides.
- Review the midterms and study the posted solutions.
- Review YAK specifications and lab code.
- Review the additional papers that were assigned and discussed
- Make up your own practice questions from the list of review
topics from the midterms and final.
Last updated 8 December 2016
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