Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member

Shahram Latifi

Number of Pages



Embedded computer systems target on different tasks and serve in various environments. This thesis relates to the design of Panther, an embedded computer system for real-time applications. Panther, a product of Mobinetix System Company, is a transaction and signature capture terminal which is aimed at a paperless environment. This product possesses a variety of functions from electronically capturing signature for receipts, contracts or identification, to touch-screen communication for PIN entry, advertising and customer survey. The emphasis of the thesis is on design of the firmware module of Panther. Instead of using the traditional flow chart and state machine approaches, an Object Orientation (OO) modeling approach is taken, which improves problem domain abstraction as well as system's stability in the presence of changes. The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is used throughout the design to express the constructs and relationships among them. This work contributes, mostly to the Panther firmware architecture design, firmware implementation of communication processor, interpreter, and command applications.


Application; Computer; Embedded; Panther; Penware; Real; System; Time

Controlled Subject

Electrical engineering; Computer science

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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