||Orientation, goals, policy. Discuss laboratory
systems. Discuss organization and possible projects.
Access keys. Form groups.
||Discuss technology. ROMs, EPLDs, Xilinx, others.
Presentations for Motorola and Xilinx families.
Design Review. The PDR will be a presentation
to the class of type of project to be undertaken.
The primary goal is to convince the audience that
the project is feasible and roughly comparable to
the others in complexity. The presentation is
expected to be formal, professional, and
rehearsed. All members of the team are expected
to take an active role in the presentation.
The Preliminary Design Review will include a
hard copy of the presentation material for the
instructors' use. A preliminary version of the
User's Manual is required.
||Additional technologies available; construction
realities. PDR post mortem. The students' and
instructors' critiques of the PDR will be discussed
with each group.
Documentation: Criteria and Tools
Weekly Progress Reports: Every Wednesday beginning
February 11, a half-page progress report from
each student will be mailed to the instructor on
the email system by 5:00 p.m. The reports should
list what the student was supposed to have done
that week, what was actually accomplished, the
reason for any discrepancies, any potential
delays, and any design modifications. Note: the
report "the construction went on as scheduled,
and no delays are expected" is NOT an acceptable
report. These weekly progress reports should
continue until the end of the semester.
Review. This is the second of the design reviews;
like the first it should be rehearsed, professional,
and illuminating. The design must be complete at this
point, with circuit diagrams complete with pin-outs.
Be sure to include readable timing diagrams. List
signal names, show logic diagrams, and carefully
define interfaces. Initial parts lists are due.
||Serial communication, download, boot monitor,
||Hardware/software Analysis and Debug Tools:
state, timing, emulation, simulation, etc. CDR post
Expo: donuts, coffee, juice, etc. The machines
will be graded at their status at the Expo. By the
end of the Expo, you must have scheduled a checkout
time with the TA and an exit interview time with the
instructors. All documentation is due by the end of