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ENEE408L Capstone Design Project: Electric Guitar Design

Course Description: Modern electric guitars contain both EE and CE components; the fundamentals are EE-based, but an increasing number of current designs incorporate CE-based concepts such as active digital control circuits, digital signal processors, and many embedded digital effects units. This class will teach the skills necessary for good product design and development in the real world, using as a motivating example the electric guitar, and integrating computer-engineering skills and concepts.

Prerequisite(s): ENEE205, ENEE245, ENEE303, ENEE307. Electrical or Computer Engineering majors in their final year of their program


Course Objectives:

  • Apply key concepts in physics, basic analog & digital circuit design, E&M, and FPGA implementation, introduced earlier in the undergraduate electrical engineering curricula.
  • Perform design analysis of alternatives, based on desired outcomes and implementation constraints. Characterize and evaluate alternatives, rank them, and identify one target implementation for the group project. Indicate the desired design requirements of the chosen implementation.
  • After selecting an appropriate design solution/implementation, partition and distribute design tasks within each team.
  • Analyze, design and optimize designs using theory presented in class. Use computer-aided design tools such as Eagle and Xilinx to implement designs; use lab equipment to characterize and optimize implementations.
  • Student groups will communicate to the class both mid-semester preliminary design problems as well as final project results.
Topics Covered:
  • Build upon previous discipline/development skills such as
    • circuit design and test, analog and digital circuit components and their uses,
    • FPGA-based design and implementation,
    • interaction between magnetic fields and electric currents.
  • Brief introduction to PCB design, fabrication, and assembly.
  • Students will design circuits and circuit boards.