ECEN4618: Advanced Electronics Lab
Updated April 21, 1999.
(4/12) Find out why 10X scope probes are better than 1X scope probes...
lecture notes from April 9, 1999
(4/7) If your modem demo last Monday (4/5) was unsuccessful, you will get
another chance to demo next Monday (4/12). (Lab 5 report is also
due that day)
(3/12) Check out the FSK Modem Model
derived in lecture by Prof. Maksimovic on Friday, March 12th!
(2/10) DONOT CONNECT PRINTERS TO SCOPES IN ECEE 281 !!! The computers
in the EAST part of the lab are running Labview; hooking up a printer to
any of these machines causes the Labview program not to work, so PLEASE,
don't use those printers anymore!
(2/4) Waveform capture with Labview is permanent!!! Do not
change the bench setup in any way without explicit permission from Billy
(1/24) At the first lab session, you will need to purchase a lab
kit ($28 cash, one for each team of two students) from Mr. Billy Woods
in the Circuits lab. You can also purchase a proto-board if you do not
already have one.
(1/15) ***ROOM CHANGE*** Recitations will be
held in BUS 250 in the Business building, starting today at 11:00 AM (instead
of ECCR 116)
information (Spring 1999)
The course consists of the lectures and the lab. Students enroll for
both by registering for a particular lab section.
ECEN4618 Lecture section 010, 11:00-11:50 F, ECCR 116
Lab section L011 , 12:00-2:50 M, EE 281
Lab section L012 , 3:00-5:50 M, EE 281
About the lab
There is no required text for the lab. Most class materials can
be found on-line through this website, including important data sheets
and other design information. Textbooks from previous circuits classes
(such as a PSpice manual) often come in handy, but are not required.
There are 6 design experiments over the 14 lab sessions in the semester.
The experiments take 1 to 4 weeks. Since some experiments extend over one
week, the students are advised to purchase and keep their own proto-boards.
Students can purchase (for $28 cash) the set of components used in the
lab design experiments from the lab coordinator, Mr. Billy Woods in the
The students are expected to work in groups of 2. Any exception
to this rule is discouraged and should be discussed with the instructors.
Prelab assignments are due (one from each student) at the beginning
of the first lab session for each particular lab experiment. A written
lab report (one from each lab group) is required after each lab
experiment. See lab0 handout on what is expected
in the lab reports.
There will be quizzes given in certain (TBA) lab sessions. The
quizzes will be short and will cover concepts from the prelabs or from
the current lab experiment.
The main emphasis in the lab is on electronic circuit design where
you start from a set of design specifications and end with a working circuit
that meets the specs. The lab has several design exercises, ranging from
simple selection of component values, up to a small-scale design project
where the students choose circuit configuration and component values, build
the circuit, organize experiments to verify actual performance against
the specifications, and perform design iterations until all specs are met.
The main objective of the lab is to expose the students to several aspects
of real-life electronic circuit design: paper analysis and approximations,
computer simulations, data acquisition, experimental verification, and
design iterations, using relatively simple but instructive circuit examples.
The circuit examples are based on the material from prerequisite circuit/electronics
courses and some new material including various timing circuits, phase-locked
loops, D/A and A/D interface, and A/D techniques.
Syllabus (Fall 98)
ECEN4228 and ECEN4618 are two independent courses and one is not a
co-requisite for the other. The two courses share the same design orientation
and approach, and there is some overlap in the covered material. The emphasis
in the ECEN4618 Lab is more on IC applications and experiments, while the
emphasis in the ECEN4228 is more on analytical tools and concepts related
to internal IC design. You are encouraged to take both courses at the same
time, in order to cover more material, and to combine the benefits of both
aspects of electronic design.