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Distance Computer Architecture Laboratory

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Curriculum Development in Computer ET

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10.483.1 - 10.483.7



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Saeid Moslehpour

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Session 2548

Distance Computer Architecture Laboratory

Saeid Moslehpour, Patrick Keene, Thomas Eppes and Peter Schuyler University of Hartford


Working in a laboratory environment is vital for students to master the technological concepts in science and engineering. Besides re-enforcing what is covered in lecture, lab time allows students to engage in experience-based learning. The educational community largely uses onsite experimentation for electronics/computer engineering laboratory experiments. How can we offer distance laboratory activities in computer engineering technology? The objective of this project was to investigate the use of the Freescale Semiconductor Microcontroller Student Learning Kit (MCUSLK) in combination with National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS). We used Code Warrior development studio.


This paper investigates the Freescale MCUSLK in a distance laboratory setting. The purpose of the project was to understand how to use the Freescale kit and the NI ELVIS system over the Internet. This would lead to a virtual lab environment where students could create, upload and test microcontroller programs remotely.

First, we wrote and simulated computer programs using the Code Warrior development studio. Next, we uploaded the program to the microcontroller and ran it. We then evaluated the results by connecting to the NI ELVIS instrument suite via LabVIEW and used the NI ELVIS system to perform additional debugging.

We also evaluated the effectiveness of the MCUSLK as a learning tool. Much of today’s curriculum is found on the web and is distributed on electronic blackboards or from faculty websites. The Freescale MCUSLK and NI ELVIS provide a useful educational environment for students who are not available for onsite laboratory.

Components Evaluated

Freescale Microcontroller Student Learning Kit – The Freescale Microcontroller Student Learning Kit is more than just a microcontroller trainer.[1] It consists of an MCU project board complete with a microcontroller development module and a Motorola MC68HC908QY4P 16-pin dual in- line package (DIP). The kit comes with all necessary hardware including a power supply, serial cable, CodeWarrior Development software and technical training materials.[2]

“Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, & Exposition Copyright, © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education”

Moslehpour, S. (2005, June), Distance Computer Architecture Laboratory Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14551

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