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Lab Projects

There are five graded lab projects in ECE354 plus one (ungraded) introduction lab. The topics of the labs are:

bulletIntroduction Lab: Familiarization with Equipment and Software
bulletLab 1: Serial Interface to Terminal
bulletLab 2: Bus Interface with PLD
bulletLab 3: SRAM Memory Test System
bulletLab 4: Analog Communication
bulletLab 5: Compilation and DSPs

Instructions for each lab can be found on the respective lab pages.


The teaching assistants for ECE354 are there to help you in the lab. If you have any problems or questions, do not hesitate to ask them. TAs will answer your questions and help you along, but of course they will not implement the lab for you.

bulletHead TA: Ramaswamy Ramaswamy
bulletTAs: Avi Herscovici, Matt Neffinger, Barron Shurn
bulletLab Monitor: Sean McKenna

Lab Hours

The Marston 228 Lab is open:

bulletMondays 2:30 - 7:00 (TAs: Avi (2:30 - 4:00), Barron (4:00 - 7:00))
bulletTuesdays 4:00 - 9:00 (TA: Avi (4:00 - 7:00), monitor: Sean (7:00-9:00))
bulletWednesdays 2:30 - 9:00 (TAs: Avi (2:30 - 4:00), Barron (4:00 - 7:00), monitor: Sean (7:00 - 9:00))
bulletThursdays 3:30 - 6:30 (TA: Matt)
bulletFridays 1:00 - 4:00 (TA: Matt)

If nobody is present in the lab, the TAs have the right to close 30 minutes before the official end of lab hours.

Lab Equipment

You are given all the equipment (Microchip ICD kit, breadboard, PLDs, SRAM, etc.) that is necessary for the lab projects. It is expected that you return all the equipment at the end of the semester or pay for replacements if lost. You can store the equipment in a lockable drawer in your lab bench. Please note that you are ultimately responsible for the equipment that you have signed out. Smaller components (resistors, wires, etc.) are available in the lab. Please use only what you need and return the components when you are done.

If you have any problems with the equipment, please contact Keith Shimeld (Marcus 218).

Note that the MPLAB kits are given to you as a courtesy of the department. Normally, students would be required to purchase these kits.

No food or drink allowed in the lab.

Computer Use

Computers are available on each lab bench. Since there are multiple groups that share a lab bench, please make sure you create a directory for your group that contains the name of your group (e.g., "C:\A3" for group A3). Store all files that you create in that directory. It is recommended that you have a subdirectory for each lab (e.g., "C:\A3\lab1", "C:\A3\lab2" etc.). The lab computers are not backed up. Please save your work onto diskettes or upload to your ECS account.

Please note that it is considered academic dishonesty if you open any file in a folder that belongs to another group!

There is a printer available in the lab. Please DO NOT PRINT PIC MANUALS. These manuals contain hundreds of pages, most of which you will not need. If you need a hardcopy, please print only the few pages that are necessary for a particular lab.

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