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ENEE408A Capstone Design Project: Microprocessor-Based Design

ENEE408A Capstone Design Project: Microprocessor-Based Design, 3 credits

Course Description: ENEE 408A 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 team’s 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 or 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.

Prerequisite(s): ENEE 440

Corequisite(s): None

Course 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