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Laboratory Curriculum Development Using Renesas Technology

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



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Laboratory Development in ECE Education

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Electrical and Computer

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14.829.1 - 14.829.16



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Mukul Shirvaikar University of Texas, Tyler

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Dr. Mukul Shirvaikar is the Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler, where he develops curriculum and laboratories in computer engineering. Prior to this he worked at Texas Instruments specializing in real time imaging systems. Dr. Shirvaikar graduated with his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He also has a M.S. degree from the University of Maine, and a B.Tech. from Banaras Hindu University, India. His current research interests include real time imaging and engineering education.

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Karthik Somaraju University of Texas, Tyler

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Karthik Somaraju graduated with a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Tyler in December 2008. He received his B.Tech. in Electronics and Communications from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. His other interests include microprocessors systems and software development.

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Laboratory Curriculum Development using Renesas Technology


This paper describes the laboratory curriculum developed for a junior-level introductory course in microprocessors for electrical engineering majors. The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) curriculum has a required course in microprocessors and the prerequisites are courses in structured programming and digital systems. The laboratory procedures developed for this course are aimed at meeting the learning objectives of this course including assembly language programming, program debugging, serial communication, input/output devices, interrupts, interfacing, and direct memory access (DMA). The laboratory projects introduce students to the host–target environment using an integrated development environment (IDE). The platform currently utilized is a Freescale Semiconductor 68HC11 board produced by Axiom Manufacturing. The 68HC11 is a dated 8-bit architecture and has proved to be a robust platform to teach an introductory course.

A new platform is currently being investigated for the microprocessor course partly enabled by an equipment grant from Renesas Inc. The lab projects were developed on the M16C/26A Quick Start Kit (QSK26A) supplied by Renesas Technology. The QSK26A board features on-board-in circuit debugging (ICD) and programming support, eliminating the use for an external ICD unit. The High-performance Embedded Workshop (HEW4) is a powerful real-time source-level debug environment supplied with the QSK26A. Apart from this, the Flash-over USB (FoUSB) programmer software allows in-system programming of the QSK26A board’s M16C/26A Flash MCU. An extensive set of manuals and technical literature is also available for the board. Some of the lab applications implemented in this project were: introduction to the M16C/26A, arithmetic operations, looping, subroutines, logical operations, LCD interface and application development (traffic signals). The lab projects are intended to give students a quick understanding of the instruction set, programming and operation of a microprocessor. A pilot lab is planned in the upcoming academic year.

Shirvaikar, M., & Somaraju, K. (2009, June), Laboratory Curriculum Development Using Renesas Technology Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4818

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