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An introductory digital design course using a low-cost autonomous robot

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3 Author(s)
Newman, K.E. ; Sch. of Eng. & Comput. Sci., Denver Univ., CO, USA ; Hamblen, J.O. ; Hall, T.S.

This paper describes a new digital design laboratory developed for undergraduate students in this electrical and computer engineering curriculum. A top-down rapid prototyping approach with commercial computer-aided design tools and field-programmable logic devices (FPLDs) is used for laboratory projects. Students begin with traditional transistor-transistor logic-based projects containing a few gates and progress to designing a simple 16-bit computer, using very high-speed integrated circuits hardware description language (VHDL) synthesis tools and an FPLD. To help motivate students, the simple computer design is programmed to control a small autonomous robot with two servo drive motors and several sensors. The laboratory concludes with a team-based design project using the robot.

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 3 )