Asee peer logo

Pocket Pcs As Tools In Digital Circuit Laboratories

Download Paper |


2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Laptop/Handheld Computing in Education

Page Count


Page Numbers

8.929.1 - 8.929.5



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Christopher Carroll

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Session 1420

Pocket PCs as Tools in Digital Circuit Laboratories

Christopher R. Carroll Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Minnesota Duluth


Digital circuit laboratories are notoriously brimming with high-technology instrumentation and all sorts of gadgets that can boggle the mind of students entering any electrical or computer engineering program. These labs are generally the first electrical or computer laboratories encountered by students, since introductory digital topics do not require the math or physics prerequisites needed by electronics or systems courses that come later in the program. Because these are the first labs encountered by students still adjusting to their chosen major, it is important to dazzle the students with plenty of high-tech gadgetry in order to entice them to continue in the program, but it is also important not to intimidate them with too much daunting complexity.

The latest high-tech wrinkle in the world of personal computers is the hand-held, or “pocket” PC. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth has required each freshman student entering the program since Fall, 2001, to purchase such a pocket PC, in particular the Compaq(HP) iPAQ device. This paper details some of the iPAQ application programs that have been developed for use in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program. These applications serve two purposes. First, they provide students with tools that are useful in completing their lab exercises in the program. Second, they give students an opportunity to apply the latest in PC technology while simultaneously learning material in lab exercises.

Using the iPAQ pocket PCs in digital circuit labs exposes students to the latest in high-tech mobile computing, while also providing them with tools that aid in lab experiments. Students are excited about applying the latest technology, while at the same time they benefit from an enhanced educational experience using the iPAQs as tools in the lab.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Carroll, C. (2003, June), Pocket Pcs As Tools In Digital Circuit Laboratories Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11432

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2003 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015