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The Embedded Development Tools YouDid Not Have When Growing UpIn this paper we give a broad overview of the embedded tools that electrical and computer engineeringtechnology students have available to work on courses, laboratories and especially in senior designprojects.A large number of current engineering technology program instructors grew up in an era whereembedded systems development was extremely expensive and inefficient. You were either working at amedium to large company which could afford tens of thousand dollars in equipment such asoscilloscopes, logic analyzers, emulators, compilers, assemblers, EPROM and microcontrollerprogrammers or you had access to similar equipment available at the university, and in the worst caseyou were in a small company where you were developing products and doing the best you could withvery basic tools that did not allowed thorough development or debugging.Today technology has changed where emulation and debugging capabilities are now embedded into $5platforms. Oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, protocol analyzers are now in the range of $100-$500, and theycan be used on a computer or on a tablet, so students and institutions can now afford to have access tothese. On the other hand, several years ago RF design was a considered more as a mystery and an art.To be able to incorporate wireless communications in embedded systems most likely added hundreds ofdollars to the price tag.The current plethora of applications and libraries available for embedded systems make it possible tohave systems connected through a mesh of wired and wireless networks that can display real time dataand control devices through the internet. A common theme for some time has been the internet ofthings and we have been promoting this in order to try to engage students in the engineeringtechnology career path.The smartphone is becoming a development platform that students can use to interface and controldevices, in the most recent IEEE spectrum the article “Generation Smartphone” gives us a glimpse onwhat students will be designing in the future and how the interconnected society will look like. Tabletsare headed the same way and we will see a really wide variety of devices controlled and interfaced tothese.The paper presents some tools that have already been integrated in the engineering technologyprogram as well as some other tools that the students have discovered and are using to develop theirprojects and applications. Of course this is not a comprehensive overview, but rather our personalexposure to these tools.
Mondragon, A. F., & Becker-Gomez, A., & Bovalino, C. A., & Jones, M. B., & Brazil, D., & Caldwell, M. R., & george, S. (2013, June), The Embedded Development Tools You Did Not Have When Growing Up Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22580
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