San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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New digital systems technology: New challenges in teaching digital technology courses. Highly complex technologies like Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) have substituted thetraditional small and medium scale integration devices (SSI and MSI respectively) in the designof digital systems during the last two decades. Among the major advantages of this dramatictechnological change are a significant simplification of the design of products and reduction intheir delivery time and cost. Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools are now preferred fordesigning digital circuits over the traditional discrete gate based design. Most of the FPGAsuppliers offer academic institution low cost, or even free of charge, development tools whichare particularly suited for adoption by schools with limited resources. Specifically, schools in thedevelopment countries may benefit for having a powerful development and training platformwith reasonable low cost. This new technology demand a new approach in the way digitaltechnology is taught. In this study we discuss some key strategies that should be considered inthe development of curricula of undergraduate courses in the area of digital technology asrequired by the adoption of best practices in teaching.This is an exploratory study that looks at the experience gained with the teaching of courses inthe area of digital systems in the Department of Engineering Technology at University of CentralFlorida and Daytona State College in last six years. In the mentioned cases, the referredtechnological change has being gradually incorporated into courses of Digital Technology,Digital Systems and Digital Programmable Devices. Two different generations of FPGA’sboards and CAD tools were introduced in the mentioned courses during those years. Similarly,the changes in hardware and the use of CAD tools demanded the use of Hardware ProgrammingLanguage, in which case we adopted VHDL. As result we have available a significant trace ofassessments of the impact of the incorporation of the new technology, which is the base of ourstudy.
Koeneke-Ramirez, R. D. L. C., & Rahrooh, A., & Moore, K. P. (2012, June), New Digital Systems Technology: New Challenges in Teaching Digital Technology Courses Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21730
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