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Digital Systems Design Lab

Location: 20-100
Coordinator: John Oliver
Facilitates: EE/CPE 133, EE/CPE 233, EE/CPE 329, EE521, EE522, EE523, EE428, EE439, EE431




Room 100 is one of three digital systems design labs in the Electrical Engineering Department. We teach our digital design curriculum (EE/CPE133 – Introduction to Digital Design, EE/CPE233 – Computer Design and Assembly Language Programming, and EE/CPE 329 – Microprocessor System Design) in these labs which are required courses for both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering majors. These labs also support our graduate courses in computer systems (EE 521, EE522, and EE523) and our technical electives in the computers technical area (EE 428- Computer Vision and EE 439- Real-Time Operating Systems and VLSI Design EE431), making these labs some of the most utilized for the department’s teaching needs each quarter. The open layout of these labs promotes teaching in a ‘studio’ format where lectures and labs are combined in a common meeting time. The ‘studio’ format augments Cal Poly’s "Learn By Doing" philosophy as the courses are structured to allow students to spend more time doing experiments and problem sets rather than passively listening to lectures. The labs are equipped with Digilent Basys 3 FPGA boards for EE/CPE 133 and 233, but students will need to purchase TI MSP 432 boards for EE/CPE 329.  A full set of Electronic Test and Measurement equipment is available at each station.

In 2013-2014, Room 100 was equipped with keypad entry and security cameras to allow students 24-hour access to the lab. Twenty-four hour access has promoted camaraderie among the students and has enabled some students to have more timely completion of course projects due to increased access to lab equipment.

In 2018, the lab was renovated to include collaborative group tables and power strip poles in the front, and fully equipped lab stations in the back. This renovation removed obstructive columns in the room and promotes a more collaborative environment, while still providing necessary lab equipment.

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