Embedded Systems
Certificate Program

Embedded Systems

Building the internet of things

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certificate Description

Build your knowledge of universal connectivity

The UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Embedded Systems professional certificate program prepares students with the core design skills needed to work at some of the top companies in the Valley.

Our hardware professional students learn to design function-specific computer and communication systems, including:

  • mobile devices,
  • the Internet of Things,
  • networking equipment,
  • industrial controllers, and
  • consumer and automotive electronics.

Learn on industry-standard hardware

Students get invaluable hands-on experience with quick prototyping using FGPAs from Xilinx. Learn to design and test hardware and software innovations of the future as you prepare for high-paying jobs in the industry.

Embedded Systems certificate program objectives

  • Design, debug, and synthesize digital logic for ASICs, PGAs, and IP cores
  • Understand the basics of embedded software and hardware design
  • Decode IO technologies, including PCI Express, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel
  • Design and implement prototypes using FPGA

Program Overview

Estimated Cost: Starts at $3,810. (You pay only for courses you enroll in.) | International Tuition Cost
Program Requirements: 5–6 courses (14 quarter units). Take 3 required courses (8 quarter units) and 2–3 elective credit courses (6 quarter units). End with Certificate Review.
Minimum Hours of Instruction: Minimum 140 hours of instruction.
Estimated Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.
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Courses


1. Required Course(s):

Quarter Units: 2.0
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07-31-2024 to 09-18-2024
$740.00
EMBD.X403.(10)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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07-12-2024 to 09-20-2024
$750.00
LINX.X409.(16)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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2. Electives: Embedded Software

CMPR.X401
Quarter Units: 3.0
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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06-25-2024 to 08-27-2024
$750.00
LINX.X413.(8)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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07-11-2024 to 09-12-2024
$910.00
EMBD.X410.(10)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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04-02-2024 to 06-04-2024
$910.00
EMBD.X412.(14)
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3. Electives: Embedded Hardware

Quarter Units: 3.0
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06-21-2024 to 08-30-2024
$980.00
EMBD.X400.(13)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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04-17-2024 to 06-26-2024
$980.00
VLSI.X404.(14)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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06-26-2024 to 08-28-2024
$910.00
EMBD.X408.(13)
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Quarter Units: 1.5
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04-19-2024 to 05-17-2024
$580.00
EMBD.X409.(11)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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07-10-2024 to 09-11-2024
$980.00
VLSI.X411.(14)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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06-18-2024 to 08-20-2024
$910.00
EMBD.X413.(15)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
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06-20-2024 to 08-29-2024
$775.00
EMBD.X419.(8)
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5. Completion Review:

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Meet Our Instructors

Ajit A Natarajan
Sr. Software Engineer, Google
Ashkan Hashemi
Signal/Power Integrity Engineer, Amazon Lab126
Edison Fong
RF Engineer and Analog Engineer, Consultant
Edward T Ong
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Power Integrations
Gary Wallichs
Sr. Principal Eng/FPGA Product Architect, Intel
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Independent Contractor
Hinkmond Wong
Principal Software Engineer
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FPGA Engineer
Juergen Kienhoefer
Managing Partner, AIRcable LLC
Kalyan Rapolu
Principal Engineer, DuPont Silicon Valley Tech
Mandar M Munishwar
Formal Verification Engineer, Google
Marilson B Campos
Senior Staff Engineer - ML Platform, Apixio
Michael A. Wang
Director of Business Development, ISSI Integrated Silicon Solution Inc.
Oswald A Campesato
Founder, iQuarkt and AI Adjunct Professor
Radhika S Grover
Founder, Trainer & Consultant, SPEL Technologies
Raghav Vinjamuri
Independent Computer Software Professional | Linux Program Chair
Sam D Huynh
Principal Member of Technical Staff, AMD
Xi "Bill" Chen
Senior Software Engineer, Meta
Yuchung M Wang
Director, Global Academic Program at Digi-Key Electronics

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Requisite Knowledge

Technical aptitude

You need a degree in a technical field or equivalent knowledge acquired through training and experience in system design and development. We recommended you have experience in C programming.

Please review course descriptions

Make sure you have taken the necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education before registering for a course.

Advisory Board

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Certificate Program Chair 

SAM HUYNH, Ph.D., is a principal member of the technical staff and a senior manager at AMD. He has over 22 years of experience in the field of VLSI design including memory, IO, physical design implementation, and full chip integration. He has three patents and 10 publications. He has served as chair of the VLSI and Embedded Systems programs since 2020.

Certificate Program Advisory Board

ALFREDO ALBA, MS
Senior Technical Staff Member, Intelligence Augmentation Department, IBM Almaden Research Center

ABDO BABUKR, MSEE
Consultant, Embedded Computing, Wave Spectrum, Inc.

SAM HUYNH, Ph.D.
Principal member of technical staff and a senior manager, AMD
Chair and Instructor, Embedded Systems Certificate Program, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Y.C. WANG, BSEE
Director, Global Academic Program at Digi-Key Electronics
Instructor, Embedded Systems Certificate Program, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

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