Credits: 3


Prerequisite: ENEE440.

This course provides a team-based experience in the design and implementation of a microprocessor-based system to solve a real-world problem. A product specification or client requirement forms the basis for the student teams development of an initial technical design specification. The team then divides into smaller groups for the parallel development of hardware and software subsystems of the product device. Upon completion and test of the various subsystems, software and hardware components are integrated into the system prototype and the system is tested and documented.

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024, Spring 2024

Learning Objectives

  • Transform a general problem description in microprocessor-based systems into a design specification
  • Partition a design specification into a set of design tasks
  • Formulate a project schedule and a set of work assignments
  • Work in a team to implement the design tasks
  • Construct a prototype/working demonstration
  • Document the final design

Topics Covered

  • Transforming problem descriptions into design specifications
  • Economic and feasibility constraints
  • Partitioning design specifications into design tasks
  • Project scheduling
  • Prototyping methods
  • Proof-of-concept requirements
  • Review of digital logic design and digital logic design tools
  • LSI component selection
  • Hardware standards
  • Software standards
  • Driver software design
  • Operating system interface
  • Hardware fabrication methods
  • Hardware integration
  • Software integration
  • Hardware test methods
  • Software test methods
  • Design documentation requirements, engineer's responsibility to deliver a safe and usable product