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Issue 2 • Date May 1989

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  • A novel course on microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) theory and characterization

    Page(s): 73 - 84
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    A graduate-level course is described that addresses the theory of microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMICs). Passive and active devices, as well as integrated functions, are theoretically and experimentally analyzed. Monolithic technology aspects are treated and laboratory experiments are developed for a better understanding of MMIC devices. The course is also combined with term projects dealing with specific monolithic design and measurement aspects. Its aim is to create a generation of electronic engineers with strong experience in monolithic devices and circuits View full abstract»

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  • A simple introduction to finite element analysis of electromagnetic problems

    Page(s): 85 - 93
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    An elementary tutorial introduction in finite-element numerical analysis is presented. The finite-element method is applied to Laplacian electrostatic field problems. Suggestions are offered on how the basic concepts developed can be extended to finite-element analysis of problems involving Poisson's or the wave equation. A step-by-step procedure for coding the numerical method is presented; a useful, working FORTRAN program is also included View full abstract»

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  • Computer algorithms for plagiarism detection

    Page(s): 94 - 99
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    A survey of computer algorithms used for the detection of student plagiarism is presented. A summary of several algorithms is provided. Common features of the different plagiarism detection algorithms are described. Ethical and administrative issues involving detected plagiarism are discussed View full abstract»

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  • The induction machine operation demonstrated by Arago's disc

    Page(s): 160 - 162
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    An Arago disc that can be used to demonstrate the operation principle of the induction machine as well as to illustrate readily the characteristic shape of the torque-slip curve of this machine is described. A brief biography of D.F.J. Arago is included. A demonstration with Arago's disc is described View full abstract»

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  • A senior project course in digital signal processing with the TMS320

    Page(s): 139 - 145
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    A senior project course on applications in digital signal processing (DSP) with the TMS320 digital signal processor is described. All experiments and projects are performed using Texas Instruments' TMS320 digital signal processor. The laboratory emphasis in the senior project course reinforces the concepts of DSP covered in the lecture course. Applications in DSP are in areas such as communications, controls, speech, graphics, etc. The DSP projects presented and demonstrated by the students in the spring of 1987 are discussed. These projects can provide a guide to individuals who may incorporate a hands-on approach to DSP in courses such as senior project, senior lab, or DSP lab using the versatile TMS 320 digital signal processor View full abstract»

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  • A laboratory exercise on nonlinear compensation using a microprocessor

    Page(s): 146 - 152
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    A laboratory exercise on a compensation technique using flexible digital tools is presented. The method for the generation of a special kind of switching-type double-valued characteristic using a microprocessor is described. This characteristic is used to stabilize and improve the system performance of a linear control system. A mathematical analysis leads to conclusions about the determination of the nonlinear element characteristics to improve the system response. An approach based on the describing function (DF) method leads to a compensation technique in the complex plane. The circuit, the theoretical analysis, and experimental results for the compensation of a double integrator plant are presented View full abstract»

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  • Noise figures [linear transducers]

    Page(s): 66 - 72
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    A short tutorial description of noise figures for two-port linear transducers and entire receiver systems is presented. Due to the long history and of the use of noise figures to specify noise performance, numerous definitions have evolved. The relationship between the various noise-figure definitions found in the literature are specified and tables are provided as cross reference to the notation and naming conventions used in the references View full abstract»

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  • The educational role of personal computers in power system laboratories

    Page(s): 118 - 123
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    A set of power-system laboratory exercises performed on a microcomputer system is described. The interactive graphics environment is provided by a 16 bit microcomputer with 1 MB of main memory coupled to a color-graphics terminal. Three laboratory exercises are analytically described, involving economic generation scheduling, load flow studies, and fault calculations. The student reaction to the computerized laboratory exercises is commented on, and the potential problems are pointed out. The effect of these exercises in developing the engineering intuition and integrating the power-system analysis education of the electrical engineering student is outlined View full abstract»

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  • A microcomputer implementation of PLA function and its use in a laboratory dealing with arithmetic algorithms

    Page(s): 129 - 138
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    The function of a programmable logic array (PLA) was implemented using a microcomputer. The equipment is suitable for use in laboratories because it is electrically programmable, easy to be realized and maintained, and has sufficient capacity. It has been used for implementing fixed-point arithmetic algorithms, a subject of a laboratory course given to computer science majors of the University of Electro-Communications. The PLA program is created on a personal computer using a text editor and transmitted to the PLA through a serial communication line. Parallel interface circuits between the personal computer and the arithmetic unit to be implemented by the students were also prepared. The arrangements enable them to write and execute Pascal programs to test whether the implementation meets given specifications View full abstract»

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  • Graphics robot simulator for teaching introductory robotics

    Page(s): 153 - 159
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    The design and features of microcomputer software developed for teaching robot motion concepts are presented. The experience acquired in the first semester of use in an introductory robotics course is also reported View full abstract»

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  • An advanced laboratory for microprocessor interfacing and communication

    Page(s): 124 - 128
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    An advanced microprocessor laboratory is presented, along with the corresponding set of experiments used for teaching a microprocessor interfacing and communication course in electrical and computer engineering. Six experiments are described, consisting of both hardware and software designs. Particular attention is given to the integrating of programmable peripheral components (such as parallel, serial, analog, and human interfaces) to microprocessors View full abstract»

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  • Floppy disk controllers for a computer architecture course

    Page(s): 112 - 117
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    A set of laboratory experiments interfacing floppy disk drives with 8 bit and 16 bit microprocessors is presented. The experiments have been carried out with the aim of improving the student's understanding of the internal working of drives and local input-output communication methods. Enough detail is provided to duplicate parts of the experiments View full abstract»

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  • An interface for three-dimensional displays on a laboratory oscilloscope

    Page(s): 100 - 111
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    A simple circuit which enables a classroom demonstration of any three-dimensional pattern to be shown on a laboratory cathode-ray oscilloscope is presented. After interfacing this circuit to any microprocessor kit or a small personal computer, programs are entered to show the patterns on the oscilloscope. Even fairly involved demonstration patterns, such as crystal planes, helix structures, and electromagnetic (EM) wave propagation require only simple machine-code programs of about a single page. Not only is the program generation for such patterns simple enough, it is easily understood and enables modifications to combine or vary the patterns. Methods of showing two-dimensional views, three-dimensional isometric views as well as alphanumerics are presented for implementing with a simple microprocessor kit, like the SDK 85 View full abstract»

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