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Developing Custom Hardware to Teach Digital Design Courses: Added Value or Added Headache?

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 11

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Electrical and Computer

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Kevin P. Pintong Oregon Institute of Technology

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Kevin Pintong is an assistant professor at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

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Alexander Hogen Oregon Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Alexander Hogen is a Firmware Engineer. He has been a user, tester, and creator of hardware platforms for education at Oregon Institute of Technology.

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Instructors for digital logic and design courses have a wide variety of FPGA development kits to choose from. Should the instructor choose a commercial product or develop their own system? Is there added value to custom hardware? Two programmable logic device based development kits were designed, manufactured, and used in the instruction of Digital Logic I, Digital Logic II, and Digital System Design I at Oregon Institute of Technology. In this paper, we review commercial based offerings versus our custom hardware from both the pedagogical and value perspectives. Three use cases are evaluated- commercially available, student built, and custom contract manufactured development kits. We also outline problems that an instructor may come across in developing their own programmable logic development kit.

Pintong, K. P., & Hogen, A. (2017, June), Developing Custom Hardware to Teach Digital Design Courses: Added Value or Added Headache? Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28144

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