Academic Laboratories


Hattrick Laboratory

This Hattrick Laboratory (Burchard 126) was established by the School of Engineering in cooperation with the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. It supports the core Engineering courses in electronics taken during the sophomore year.

The Hattrick Laboratory provides 18 student project stations, each equipped with a set of measurement instrumentation interfaced to a PC. The PCs of the lab access a server associated with the lab, with a variety of support software - e.g., LabView and Circuit Maker (a version of PSpice with enhanced graphical interface).

Each project station's instrument cluster consists of a two-channel digital oscilloscope, a multimeter, a function generator, and a programmable power supply. These HP instruments are interfaced to a PC via GPIB cables, allowing the instrument settings to be programmed from the computer and allowing the measurements of the instruments to be read into the computer. The National Instrument's LabView software tool suite is available to provide development of programs to control and read the instruments. In addition, each project station includes a manual power supply for general use.

Microelectronic Systems Laboratory

The Microelectronic Systems Laboratory (Burchard 123) was developed to support the ECE required course on microprocessor systems. The laboratory provides Motorola HC12 microprocessor project development systems and supporting software. Twelve student workstations are provided.

This laboratory also supports laboratory projects implementing digital systems using FPGAs. The Xilinx FPGA software tools and Xess FPGA project development boards are used to allow students to implement significant digital systems using FPGAs.

A Cisco network system is also in this laboratory, used to support undergraduate experiences in networked systems as well as Cisco certification (the latter provided by personnel from Structured Networks, Inc.). Several routers and switches are combined with firewalls and network management software tools.

The Microelectronics Systems Laboratory is managed by Profs. Yan Meng and Hong Man.

Francis T. Boesch Electronics Laboratory

The Francis T. Boesch Electronics Laboratory (Burchard 213) has been established as an "open" laboratory with a broad collection of instrumentation that can be used by students to explore projects of their own choosing.

The laboratory is managed by Profs. Stu Tewksbury and Bruce McNair.

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Systems Prototyping Laboratory

The Systems Prototying Laboratory (Burchard 125) provides students with opportunities to create multi-layer printed circuit boards, to attach contemporary high pin-out circuit packages (from BGA through surface mount), and to perform testing of the resulting systems.

This Laboratory also provides students with opportunities to experiment with advanced digital signal processing algorithms, using, for example, Pentak VME-based DSP systems. Applications include advanced topics in wireless network systems.

The laboratory is open to both undergraduate and graduate students with appropriate permissions from the Lab manager (Prof. B. McNair)

Advanced Digital Systems Laboratory

The Advanced Digital Systems Laboratory (Burchard 315) provides the Mentor Graphics microelectronics systems development software suite, running on a Sun Cluster computer. For access to this laboratory, approval by the lab manager is required.

The laboratory is managed by Prof. Haibo He.

Networked Systems Laboratory

This laboratory, a joint undertaking by the Depts of ECE, Computer Science, and Telecommunications Management, will provide a significant physical network infrastructure through which students (undergraduate and graduate) can become familiar with contemporary themes in advanced digital networked systems. The laboratory is under development, expected to become operational for the Fall 08 semester.