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Wired and Wireless Port Communication

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Information and Network Security

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Computing & Information Technology

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22.1690.1 - 22.1690.17



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Iem Heng New York City College of Technology

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Professor Iem Heng earned his bachelor’s degree from Providence College (Providence, RI) with double majors in Pre-Engineering Program and mathematics. In addition, he earned another bachelor’s degree from Columbia University (New York, NY) in mechanical engineering and master’s in applied mathematics from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI); his Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA). Before joining the EMT/CET department at City Tech in fall of 2007, he was a faculty member and chair of the CET department at DeVry Institute of Technology (Long Island City, NY). He worked as a researcher for NASA – Langley Base in Hampton, VA, for two years. His research activities include embedded systems, software development for embedded systems with real time simulation, real time gaming simulation programming, and web application programming.

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Farrukh Zia New York City College of Technology, CUNY


Andy Zhang New York City College of Technology

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Professor Andy S. Zhang earned his master's in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York in 1987 and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1995. Prior joining the Mechanical Engineering Technology department at City Tech in 2000, he served as an engineering instructor for the JUMP, an engineering training program sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation. Professor Zhang’s research area includes materials testing, composite materials, CAD/CAE, robotics and mechatronics, and engineering technology education.

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Wired and Wireless Port CommunicationAbstractIn today’s society, technology influences our daily lives in a variety of ways. We are constantlydependent on the use of technology to achieve everyday tasks. Computer technology, forinstance, has become an integral part of our task oriented society. How is the computer able toperform and achieve such a wide variety of tasks? The keyword is communication (with wiredor wireless). A computer can be considered as a device that provides communication betweensystem software and hardware. It also communicates with wired or wireless external deviceswith the help of standard communication ports such as parallel, serial and Universal Serial Bus(USB) ports. The external device could be in the form of a printer, scanner, embedded systemwith micro-controller, or a custom designed system, etc. This approach, whereby a computercommunicates with wired or wireless external device through a standard communication port,has provided the vital transformational change in today’s technology.The concepts of parallel, serial and USB ports are explored, in depth, as part of the trend incomputer communication technology. In particular, emphasis is placed on the discussion of howto communicate and interface, with wired or wireless, between user-designed software and acustom designed system which may incorporate an embedded micro-controller. In the past,parallel and serial ports were the standard communication interface available on most personal aswell as industrial computers. However, their limitation of the speed of communication andinflexibility in communicating with multiple devices prompted the introduction of USB interfaceport. The modern personal computers have mostly eliminated the parallel and serial ports, infavor of more flexible (and more complex) USB port. However, the serial port to a greater extentand the parallel port to a lesser extent, continue to enjoy significant application in industrial andembedded computer systems, in situations where low cost, low speed and single devicecommunication is needed.

Heng, I., & Zia, F., & Zhang, A. (2011, June), Wired and Wireless Port Communication Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18739

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