The rapid development of the microprocessor has not been matched by the development of equipment to assist in the education of those who must use the devices. As a result several different methods, based upon equipment designed for other tasks, have become predominant. This dissertation examines each of the commonly employed approaches and compares their advantages and disadvantages. From this examination, a specification for a system designed primarily to support microprocessor users through both the stages of their own development, and those of the equipment they design. The Implementation of a system based upon this specification (the main feature of which is the use of several microprocessors to assist the user) is shown for several common microprocessor families. The thesis contains both an appraisal of the future viability of the concept and a bibliography of recent papers in the field of microprocessor education.
|Date of Award||1983|