ECE Teaching Labs

In EE Lab 1, students build, test, and experiment with active analog circuits. The lab draws on material from EE 3313 Electronic Circuits 1 and introduces some material covered in EE 4313 Electronic Circuits 2.

Areas typically covered include:

  • Laboratory instrumentation such as oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, and LabVIEW
  • RC and RLC filters
  • Diode rectifiers and clamps
  • Bipolar junction transistor amps and current sources
  • Field-effect transistor amps and switches
  • Operations amplifier circuits
  • Comparators, Schmitt triggers, and oscillators
  • Voltage regulators, references, and silicon-controlled rectifiers
  • Construction of digital gates using transistors
  • Automatic data acquisition and display using LabVIEW
  • Technical communication

Group Work

Student groups also build and demonstrate a student-proposed project at the end of the semester. Students work in groups of 2 or 3 at one of a dozen lab stations each consisting of the following equipment:

  • National Instruments ELVIS workstation, providing a protoboard, power supplies, signal generator, and software-based instruments
  • Agilent 54622A dual-channel 100MHz oscilloscope
  • PC's loaded with NI ELVIS software for control of the ELVIS workstation, along with National Instruments LabVIEW, and Microsoft Word and Exce

In EE Lab 2, students build, test, and experiment with more advanced analog circuits. The lab draws on material covered in EE 4313 Electronic Circuits 2 along with a few ideas from EE 3213 Electromagnetic Engineering.

Areas typically covered include:

  • Active-filter design and implementation
  • Power-amp design and construction
  • Basic printed circuit board layout and construction
  • Circuit board parasitics
  • RF oscillator design and implementation
  • RF mixer design and implementation
  • RF filter design and implementation
  • More advanced use of common laboratory instrumentation, including oscilloscopes, function generators, and spectrum analyzers
  • Circuit simulation with OrCAD Capture and PSpice, and layout with OrCAD Layout
  • Technical communication

The course is based around the design and implementation of two printed circuit boards, one an audio power amp and the other an RF mixer. Students learn real-world skills when measuring and debugging these circuits.

Group Work

Students work in groups of 2 or 3 at one of eight lab stations each consisting of the following equipment:

  • Agilent 54615B dual-channel 500MHz oscilloscope
  • PC's loaded with OrCAD Capture and Layout, along with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Wavetek Model 395 arbitrary function generator
  • Agilent E4411B 1.5GHz spectrum analyzer

Courses in this Lab

  • EE 3223 C++ Data Structures
  • EE 3463 Microcomputer Systems I
  • EE 4583 Microcomputer Systems II

Description

The Computer Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio supports a complete academic learning experience of the computer engineering program starting at the freshman level and going all the way to the doctoral level courses. It houses 26 PCs, including one for an instructor. Each of these PCs is equipped with several development/evaluation kits and supporting software.

The development kits include:

  • Infinity kit for the Introduction to Electrical Engineering (freshman-level course)
  • Xilinx CPLD and Spartan series-based FPGA evaluation kits for the Logic Design laboratory course
  • Xilinx Spartan series-based FPGA development kits for Junior level Digital Systems Design course
  • Xilinx Virtex-II Pro based development kits for Senior, Graduate, and Doctoral level courses with advanced topics such as Embedded Systems, Real-time Operating Systems.

The Microprocessor-based courses use FreeScale microcontroller-based kits. The hardware is supplemented with the state-of-the-art integrated software development suits. The laboratory is partially supported by FreeScale and Xilinx through equipment and development kits donations.

Courses in this Lab

  • EE 3563 Digital Systems Design
  • EE 4513 VLSI Design
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