Year of Publication

2014

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Zhi D. Chen

Second Advisor

Dr. YuMing Zhang

Abstract

A humidity sensor can be used to measure the moisture content of the environment. The physical change of the sensor expresses as the change of electrical property like capacitance, resistance, voltage, current, frequency, etc. In order to process these analog signals digitally, microprocessor is involved in the measurement. This thesis presents design of a circuit to measure low moisture levels. The 16-bit RISC mixed signal microcontroller MSP430F249 from Texas Instruments will be used. The circuit has good performance at extremely low humidity levels.

Meanwhile, a small real time operating system kernel FreeRTOS, a market leading RTOS from Real Time Engineer Ltd is ported to the microcontroller. The basic concept about FreeRTOS and how to port this RTOS to MSP430F249 microcontrollers will be the topics of this thesis as well.

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