Embedded Systems Lab

Location: 20-132
Coordinator: Dr. John Oliver
Facilities: CPE 169, CPE 259, CPE 316, CPE 329, CPE 446, EE 522, EE 523
Size: 1175
Average Number of Students a Year: 480
Utilization Ratio: 0.12

Picture of Embedded Systems Lab

Description

Room 132 is one of two digital systems design labs.  We teach our digital design curriculum (CPE 133 – Introduction to Digital Design, CPE 233 – Computer Design and Assembly Language Programming, and CPE 329 – Microprocessor System Design) in these labs which are required courses for both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering majors.  These labs also support our graduate courses in computer systems (EE 521, 522, and 523) and our technical electives in the computers technical area (EE 428 (computer vision) and EE 439 (real-time operating systems)) making these labs some of the most heavily utilized for the department’s teaching needs each quarter.  The open layout of these labs promotes teaching in a ‘studio’ format where lecture and lab are combined in a common meeting time.  The ‘studio’ format augments Cal Poly’s Learn By Doing philosophy as the courses are structured to allow students to spend more time doing experiments and problem sets rather than passively listening to lectures.  The labs are not equipped with any development boards (such as the Digilent Nexys board for CPE 133 and CPE 233, or the Arduino Uno or TI MSP430 for CPE 329) as the students are required to purchase this equipment for themselves.  

Current Equipment

Each instructional lab station is equipped with:

Hardware:

(1)   Computer                                         Dell Optiplex 760, Intel Core Duo 3 GHZ, 4 GB,                                                                          RAM, 2TB HD

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     Agilent MSO-X 3012A, 2 channel, 100MHz, USB

(1)   Logic Analyzer                                HP 1651A or 1663CS

(1)   Power Supply                                   6V/2.5A 20V/0.5A Agilent E3630A

(1)   Handheld Multimeter                      Extech EX330

Operating System:

 

Software:

 

Additional equipment available in the laboratory:

 (1)  Computer                                         Dell Optiplex 760, Intel Core Duo 3 GHZ, 4 GB,                                                                          RAM, 2TB HD

(1)   Printer                                              HP Laserjet 4200N