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Beyond The Initial Nsf Ili Grant Planning For The Subsequent Development

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.125.1 - 5.125.6



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Nizar Al-Holou

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Lisa Anneberg

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Ece Yaprak

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Session 1526

Beyond the Initial NSF-ILI Grant - Planning for the Subsequent Development Ece Yaprak Wayne State University

Lisa Anneberg Lawrence Technological University

Nizar Al-Holou University of Detroit-Mercy


In 1996, Wayne State University’s Division of Engineering Technology was awarded NSF ILI grant for improving the digital design laboratory environment [1,2]. The objective of this laboratory development was to incorporate the computer-aided digital design methodology along with sophisticated PLDs [programmable logic devices] into a seamless design environment that will keep pace with the rapid technological advances. Presently, we are expanding the initial funded grant to encompass additional institutions and technologies. This paper explains the planning steps, the initial contacts, and the future enhancements that are underway. The paper will explain the laboratory enhancements and map out the plans for the expansion to other institutions including community colleges.


NSF ILI grant provided a wonderful opportunity for the WSU engineering technology students to study and work with advanced state of the art programmable chip simulation and chip programming using Altera software and hardware development packages. Additionally, the grant was a unique collaboration between academia (Wayne State University), government (the National Science Foundation), and industry (Altera Corporation). The engineering technology students presently utilize two types of PLDS in the 7000 series in conjunction with Altera Corporation’s MAX + PLUS II design software package. This package combines text, graphics, and waveform entry methods for digital design. In addition, the WSU laboratory has a web-site for this funded project: Students access this web-site for software and hardware development information, and an initial lab example, the full adder, is included. A summer class for middle school students and middle school teachers also utilized the laboratory environment, and introduced the students with their teachers to digital design [6].

Al-Holou, N., & Anneberg, L., & Yaprak, E. (2000, June), Beyond The Initial Nsf Ili Grant Planning For The Subsequent Development Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8184

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