Our ongoing intent with instructional labs is to make the student experience a positive and productive one, exposing them to modern tools and modern measurement techniques. It is our hope that in addition to acquiring specific engineering skills, our students acquire learning skills to further develop their careers after graduation. To further achieve these goals, our department is undertaking a major change in instructional labs. For our long term curriculum changes, we are planning four mandatory undergraduate labs in lower division EE and CS. The enrollment in these courses will be around 300 students in each semester, which will further strain our limited instructional resources. Our continuing strategy ties well into our plan that we mentioned in last year's proposal for Hewlett Packard equipment. Much of the lab work will be either in simulation (Matlab, HP Vee, Spice, etc.), or in hands-on take home kits. In the coming two years we plan to further extend this to include upper division labs.
In addition to the above ongoing plans, we plan to focus on lab automation in all our our existing lab courses. We are spending a significant percentage of our funds in purchasing a Hewlett Packard 4155B Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer (SPA). With this purchase from our strapped budget, we are still 8 units short of having one per station. We are planning on putting these SPAs on the HPIB bus along with other equipment with an NT PC controller. This will help in making the use of T&M equipment easier and more efficient, and also help the students focus on the electronics principles and techniques that the particular lab is designed to demonstrate. Further, we believe it is very desirable for the students to gain some experience working with computer-controlled instruments.
Currently, two courses time share the use of a limited number of the SPAs, which adversely impacts curriculum. With the addition of up to 8 SPAs, this problem will be eliminated, and allow for some uniformity by using all the older 4145B units in EECS143. EECS143 also needs a networked laser printer. The HP-IB cables are to allow lab automation and printing.
EECS105: Microelectronic Devices and circuits
Faculty in charge: Prof. Howe
Description: This course covers the physics and modeling of semiconductor devices, including diodes, MOSFETs, and bipolar small-signal amplifiers are discussed in depth, including differential pairs, current-source biasing, and two-stage operational amplifiers. Frequency response and the analysis of feedback are also covered.
EECS143: Processing and Design of Integrated Circuits
Faculty in charge: Profs. Cheung and Spanos
Description: This clean room lab is very unique in the undergraduate curriculum. The students design, simulate, fabricate, and characterize a simple MOS chip including a ring oscillator. Courses 105 and 143 share the use of all available HP 41xx semiconductor parameter analyzers. This the universal modern instrument for device characterization. Industry uses this instrument to extract device parameters for the BSIM family of device models. These have been developed at Berkeley over the past 15 years and now are the industry standard.
|4||4155B||Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer||147,400|
|4||Option ABA||US - English localization|
|4||Option 060||60Hz line frequency|
|4||Option 16442A||Test fixture||22,400|
|4||Option 801||Socket module||640|
|1||C3917A||5M Laser printer||1,985|
|84||10833A||HP-IB cable, 1m||7,560|
One of the original lab automation courses we developed has a definite need for a fourth station. A fourth station will ease crowding and reduce the impact on our existing resources.
EECS120: Signals and Systems
Faculty in charge: Profs. Kahn and Fearing
Description: This junior level
lab has been well received in the Department. The course covers
frequency response, modulation, sampling, aliasing, and PID
controllers, using HPVEE.
|3||opt. 001||TCXO timebase||1,185|
The items on this list would greatly benefit our program, as well. We would like to have available a logic and prototype analyzer for our more advanced students. EECS instruction does not have a logic analyzer with a pattern generator. There are special projects that the students undertake that would benefit with an HP16505A Prototype Analyzer. Ideally, we'd like to have one on each lab bench, and some floaters in other labs, but propose to have one unit primarily for the use by EECS150, and available to other labs, on an occasional basis.
We have also purchased and evaluated the recently introduced Logic Dart, and see it as being useful to our students in that it allows them to work on their projects away from the lab, thereby increasing their exposure to new tools and reducing the impact on our impacted labs. We are proposing a few of these to use in a pilot study.
The lab in 204b is currently using an HPLJIII printer for 21 PCs, and needs a faster, networked printer, and needs to have instruments put on the bus in order to accomdate automation and printing.
EECS150: Components and Design Techniques for Digital Systems
Faculty in charge: Profs. Katz, Wawrzynek, Newton, and Pister
Description: This extremely popular course covers basic building blocks and design methods to construct synchronous digital systems, logic families, finite state machines, and a substantial design project. A major component of the lab is the final project, in which students work in small teams. The projects vary from semester from semester, and prove to be very beneficial in assimilating knowledge and skills learned in this and other engineering courses.
|1||16500C||Logic analysis mainframe||9,500|
|1||165550D||68 channel state/timing card||15,765|
|1||16522A||40 channel pattern generator card||6,450|
|1||B4600A||Software performance analysis toolset||2,000|
|1||B4620A||Software analysis toolset||2,000|
|1||Option ANT||64MB RAM|
|1||Option UF3||1-MB video RAM for local SVGA support|
|1||C3167A||5Si Laser Printer||3,079|
|90||10833A||HP-IB Cable, 1m||8,100|
EECS125: Introduction to Robotics
Faculty in charge: Profs. Sanders and Sastry
Description: This lab serves as an introduction to kinematics, dynamics and control of robot manipulators, robotics vision, sensing and the programming of robots. We have three robot arms in the lab, and are adding a Magnetic Bearing and Air Turbine experiments. The scopes in the lab are old Tektronix 5000 series scopes, and the mechanical switches have worn out, making measurements very unreliable.
Our very popular Introduction to Electronics laboratory, EECS1, is adding new experiments. This term they want to make a Photoshop and a PSpice experiment available, and for those we need to have a printout capability. Ideally, a laserwriter (for speed of outputting images) and a color inkjet (to output either color pictures or plots from simulation programs where there are several differently colored traces). Ideally, these printers would be networked.
EECS1: Introduction to Electronics
Faculty in charge: Richard White, Ljiljana Trajkovic
Description: This course offers an introduction to engineering concepts and techniques in general. It covers topics in electrical engineering and computer sciences in particular, involving hands-on experimentation, lectures, demonstrations, readings, and practice with written and oral communication. A new text has been written by Prof. White along with a lab manual. The course is intended to introduce first-year undergraduates to a variety of engineering principles.
|1||C3917A||5M Laser printer||1,985|
|1||C3541A||1600CM Inkjet printer||2,479|
We need to modernize the ECS117
and EECS135 lab experiments (we are still using a tube 12GHz RF
source that we fixed after HP disposed of it some 10+ years ago,
and maintenance is becoming an important issue). We also plan to
add new optics experiments. We are taking a closer look at the
experiments offered to our students in our Microwave courses, and
have a set of new experiments planned for EECS117, to include
antennas, modulation, and transmission.
EECS135: Microwave, Optics, and Plasma Laboratory
Faculty in charge: Profs. Smith and Lieberman
Description: This course includes
18 separate experiments ranging from optics, plasmas, vacuum
systems, and microwave design and analysis. The lab needs to be
updated, and the scopes will be used to make high frequency
measurements in fiber optic and MHD booster stage rocket
EECS117: Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
Faculty in charge: Profs. Smith and Spanos
Description: This introductory, upper division course describes and analyzes phenomena in electromagnetic fields and waves from both the engineering applications and theoretical points of view. Upon completion, the students have engineering intuition and analysis skills for treating pulses and sinusoidal signals on transmission lines, electrostatic and magnetostatic phenomena, plane wave scattering from surfaces, and simple radiating systems.
|1||Option 014||ST Connector Interface|
|1||1152A||2.5GHz 0.6pF active probe||2,450|
|1||Option 801||11576A 10:1 dividers/10216A isolators||645|
|1||11570||Accessory kit for 8508A||1,530|
|1||85054D||Mechanical calibration kit||6,250|