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The Development Of A Course In Programmable Digital Devices

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.452.1 - 1.452.11

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Rosida Coowar

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Session 2648

The Development of a Course in Programmable Digital Devices

Rosida Coowar

University of Central Florida


In industry the requirement of short-time-to-market is playing an increasingly important role in product design.

In the case of electronic equipment and devices this can be achieved by the use of programmable devices. It is

therefore important for students, upon entry into the industry, to be conversant with the various architectures,

development tools, trade offs and limitations of these devices. To this end a course in programmable digital

devices (PDDs), a senior technical elective for electrical engineering technology majors was developed by the

author at the University of Central Florida.

1. Introduction

The course in Programmable Digital Devices covers devices from simple PALs TM (programmable array

logic)/GALs TM structures to CPLDs(complex PLDs) and FPGAs(field programmable gate arrays). The course

outline is found in Appendix A. The architecture of the most commonly used chips in each category is covered

so that the student can have a good understanding of the resources available inside of those chips, their

limitations, and the need for a more complex architecture as the design to be implemented grows in complexity.

The prerequisites to the PDD course are:(1) Digital Fundamentals

(2) Digital Systems

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