Priority One:


Due to this increased enrollment in EECS20 and EECS40, we have carved out valuable space in Cory Hall for these new labs.  We are undertaking a holistic approach in designing and building these labs, in that there will be a full set of regularly scheduled labs, drop-in open labs, discussion sections, and office hours, a meeting area with a document camera and data projector, all scheduled in one room.   The purpose of the evening and weekend drop-in labs is primarily to provide students with space and equipment to build and debug their group projects.

In EECS40 we plan to make use of web-based tutorials, developed by others as well as by us.  These tutorials will not only include the lab manual, but also cover a variety of useful information and instructions and videos including basic robot construction, Kirchhoff's laws, how to use the equipment,  and a Java version of Prof. Neureuther's SIMPL T-CAD tool for visualization of IC processes,  .

EECS20, see , will require significant computing for simulation and signal and image processing, as well as a hands on component that is still being worked out.  EECS40, an introduction to electronics, will cover analog and digital electronics, and needs test and measurement equipment that is reliable, and easy to use.  The EECS40 lab also has a significant project component that was partially addressed in last year's grant.  A new lab kit is also being developed, to include embedded controllers, and a wide selection of sensors and actuators.  As in our other labs, the lab kits get recycled at the end of each semester.


EECS40, 40I, 41I, 43: Introduction to Microelectronic Circuits

Faculty in charge: Profs.  Howe, Wujek, White

Enrollment/year: 500/year

Description: This revised four unit course provides a foundation in circuit modeling in the context of digital electronic systems that complements CS 61C's introduction to machine structures. Kirchhoff's laws, passive circuit elements, and basic circuit analysis techniques are discussed. Integrated-circuit devices and technology are introduced to provide a physical context for the circuit models. Basic CMOS logic gates are described and their propagation delays are found by modeling the transistors as switches. The course concludes with trends in microelectronics technology and design. The laboratory is a part of the course.  Students will derive hands-on experience in electronic hardware through constructing and operating a mobile robot. The prerequisites are Math 1B and Phys 7B, and the revised course is first offered in Fall 1998.

Equipment Requested:

Qty. Model Description Cost each Cost total
19  54645D   18 Channel MSO $4,746 $90,174
   opt. ABA   US - English $0 $0
19  54657A   HP-IB M/S module $470 $8,930
  opt ABA   US - English $0 $0
1   54825A   Infinium Scope $18,995   $18,995
   opt. ABA   US - English $0 $0
20  E3631A   Triple output DC power supply $945 $18,900
 opt. ABA   US - English $0 $0
20  33120A   15 MHz ARB Generator $1,705 $34,100
20  34401A   Digital multimeter $945 $18,900
 opt. ABA   US - English $0 $0



EECS20: Introduction to Systems

Faculty in charge: Profs.  Lee, Varaiya

Enrollment/year: 500/year

Description:  This course is an introduction to mathematical modeling techniques used in the design of electronic systems. Signals are defined as functions on a set. Examples include continuous time signals (audio, radio, voltages), discrete time signals (digital audio, synchronous circuits), images (discrete and continuous), discrete event signals, and sequences. Frequency domain models for signals are introduced, and sampling of continuous signals is discussed. Systems are defined as mappings on signals. Linearity and time invariance are introduced, and frequency response is considered. The notion of state is introduced in a general way, and feedback systems and automata illustrate alternative approaches to modeling state in systems. Automata theory is introduced, using Moore or Mealy machines with input and output. Simple, synchronous concurrent composition of automata is introduced. Notions of equivalence of automata are also introduced. Finally, asynchronous, timed interactions of automata are considered. Applications that are discussed include communications systems, audio, video, and image processing systems, communication networks, and robotics and control systems. A Matlab-based laboratory is an integral part of the course.

Equipment Requested:

Qty. Model Description Cost each Total cost
6  D5684N   Kayak XU 6/400 PC $5,519 $33,114
6  C4380A   HP SureStore CD-Writer Plus $465 $2,790
   opt. ABA   US-English $0 $0
6  D2846A   HP P1100 Monitor $1,749 $10,494
   opt. ABA   US - English $0 $0
6  D6522A   HP 64MB SDRAM $272 $1,632
6  D6651A   HP 100MB ATAPI 1 Zip Drive $1,188 $7,128
2   D2880A   HP 5.25" & CD-ROM Mount Trays 5pk $12 $24




Priority Two:

In order to expand needed student exposure and access to Test and Measurement equipment, we are planning on expanding the 18 stations currently set up in 204B Cory, into 204A (UCSEE lab) and 123 Cory (PC lab).


EECS150: Components and Design Techniques for Digital Systems

Faculty in charge: Profs. Katz, Wawrzynek, and Newton

Enrollment/year: 440

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.


EECS99/199/299:  Student Research/Independent Study

UCSEE Lab:  EECS IEEE Student Chapter Lab

Faculty in charge: Profs. C. Hu, Wujek

Enrollment/year: var.

The UCSEE lab is requesting equipment that will be used by our students for their undergraduate research, as well as for the space constrained EECS150 lab.  One major project that is showing student interest is the IEEE sponsored Micromouse Design contest, open to all of our students.  Students will work in small teams and design, build, and operate a stand-alone smart robot.   RULES for the contest may be viewed at:

Equipment Requested:

Qty. Model Description Cost Each Total Cost
10   54645D   18 Channel MSO $4,746 $47,460
    opt. ABA   US - English $0 $0
10   opt. 1CM   Rackmount kit #5062-7345 $253 $2,530
10   54657A   HP-IB M/S Module $470 $4,700
  opt. ABA   US - English $0 $0
10   E3631A   Triple output DC power supply $945 $9,450
10   opt. 1CM   Rackmount kit #5062-3957 $68 $680
10   33120A   15MHz ARB Generators $1,705 $17,050
    opt. ABA   US - English $0 $0
10   opt. 1CM   Rackmount kit #5062-9240 $50 $500
10   34401A   Digital Multimeter $945 $9,450
    opt. ABA   US - English $0 $0
10   opt. 908    Rackmount kit #5063-9240  $50 $500
10   E3660A   1100mm EIA 19" rack $1,000 $10,000
10   opt. AW3   Power Distribution unit $185 $1,850



EECS128: Feedback Control

Faculty in charge: Profs. Sastry, Sanders

Enrollment/year: 26

Description: This lab is an introduction to ananlysis and synthesis of continuous and sampled data linear feedback control systems.  It covers basic feedback theory, design by root locus, frequency response, and state space methods, with a comparison of techniques. We have two custom two-link robot arms in the lab, and have added a Magnetic Bearing and Air Turbine experiments.  In order to accomodate additional enrollment, we are planning to replace the rather large two-link robot arms with four sets of smaller experiments with analog and computer control.  One set of 4 stations will be a Peltier temperature controller, and the second set of  four will be a VXI based PID controller of magnetically suspended ball bearings.  We have already designed and built one set and are requesting equipment for the remaining three stations.

Equipment Requested:

Qty. Model Description Cost Each Total Cost
3   E1415A   Algorithmic Closed Loop Controller $6,630 $19,890
3   E1421B   6-slot C-size VXI mainframe $3,395 $10,185
3   opt. 500   VXI Module Installation $185 $555
3   opt. 918   VXI Backplane connector shield $291 $873
3   E1501A   8 - channel direct input SCP $212 $636
3   E1531A   8 - channel voltage output SCP $1,000 $3,000
3   82350A   PCI HP-IB card $495 $1,485
3   E8491A   IEEE-1394 PC link to VXI $1,195 $3,585
3   E3631A   Triple output DC power supply $945 $2,835
3   54551   Scope View PC software $780 $2,340



Priority Three:


Our approach to the upper division circuits classes is similar to the holistic approach we are taking with the lower division introduction to electronics course, EECS40.  In 353 Cory, we currently have 12 assigned and 6 drop-in stations, each with a networked PC.  We need HPIB cards to make better utilization of the PCs and the HPIB instruments using HPVEE for data acquisiton and control.  This year we purchased one Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer and are requesting four more in order to reduce bottlenecks in the labs.

EECS105: Microelectronic Devices and circuits

Faculty in charge: Prof. Howe

Enrollment/year: 280

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

Enrollment/year: 80

Description: This clean room lab is very unique in the undergraduate curriculum. The students design, lay out, build and characterize simple semiconductor circuits, including a ring oscillator.

Currently, the above courses time share the use of a limited number of Hewlett Packard Semiconductor Parameter Analyzers. We have recently automated the characterization process in EECS143 to increase the efficiency of use of the SPAs, but still fall short in the larger EECS105 labs. EECS105, 140, and 141 share the same lab space, and the two labs are undergoing a major revision.

 Equipment requested:

Qty. Model Description Cost each Total cost
16   82350A   PCI HP-IB card $495 $7,920
  4155B   Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer $36,850 $73,700
    opt. 060   60Hz. line frequency $0 $0
  opt. ABA   US - English $0 $0
  opt. 16442A   Test fixture $5,600 $11,200
2   opt. 801   Socket  module $160 $320