Hwang, Kao-Shing, Hsiao, Wen-Hsu, Shing, Gaung-Ting, and Chen, Kim-Joan
IEEE Transactions on Education. May 2011, Vol. 54 Issue 2, p236, 11 p.
Electrical engineering, Embedded system, System on a chip, College students -- Education, Computer engineering -- Study and teaching, Electrical engineering -- Study and teaching, and Embedded systems -- Usage
COMPUTER-aided engineering, COMPUTER-aided design, ENGINEERING design, ELECTRICAL engineering, CURRICULA (Courses of study), and COLLEGE students
This paper describes the authors' experiences using a system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) approach to support the development of design projects for upper-level undergraduate students in their electrical and computer engineering curriculum. Commercial field-programmable gate-array (FPGA)-based SOPC development boards with reduced instruction set computer (RISC) processor cores are used to support a wide variety of student design projects. A top-down rapid prototyping approach with commercial FPGA computer-aided design tools, a C compiler targeted for the RISC soft-processor core, and a large FPGA with memory is used and reused to support a wide variety of student projects. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]