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A Low-Cost Programmable Arbitrary Function Generator for Educational Environment

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Challenges in Engineering, Models in Professional Programs, Capstone Design and Function Generator for Educational Environment

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23.20.1 - 23.20.13



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Mani Dargahi Fadaei Azad University

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Mani Dargahi Fadaei received B.S. in electrical engineering from Azad University of Kermanshah, Kurdistan in 2010. Currently, he is pursuing M.S. in electrical engineering in Azad university of Iran, Tehran Markazi branch. His research interests include wireless network, ultra low power and ultra low voltage amplifier design.

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A Low-Cost Programmable Arbitrary Function Generator for Educational EnvironmentAbstractThis paper presents the design, implementation, and operation of a low-cost programmablearbitrary function generator intended for use as a plug-in board in a personal computer. Since adigital computer is used, capabilities such as programmability and signal recording are availablewith this system. Therefore, this instrument can generate any function of time that can berepresented mathematically. The ability to generate arbitrary waveforms makes this instrumentmore versatile that an ordinary function generator that can produce only a few differentwaveforms. This design offers a significant advantage to educators in underdeveloped countrieswith limited resources to obtain a low-cost instrument that can be used in undergraduatelaboratories where more expensive commercially arbitrary function generators are not available.One interesting application of this instrument is the synthesis of sound. If the equation for aparticular sound is known, the sound can be produced when this function generator is connectedto an audio amplifier and a speaker.

Dargahi Fadaei, M. (2013, June), A Low-Cost Programmable Arbitrary Function Generator for Educational Environment Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19034

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