Title

Teaching Digital Systems Design Through Computer EDA Tools and Breadboard Techniques

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2006

Publication Source

Computers in Education Journal

Volume

16

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

22-29

Publisher

American Society for Engineering Education * Computers in Education Division

Place of Publication

United States

ISBN/ISSN

10693769

Abstract

Digital Systems Design is a very important course in electrical and computer engineering programs. Integration of hardware description language such as Verilog or VHDL in the teaching has been proposed in the past. This paper describes the author's experience in integrating Xilinx ISE tools and FPGA/CPLD logic devices together with traditional breadboard techniques into the teaching of digital logic systems in Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. The author's experience indicates that integrating EDA (Electronic Design Automation) tools and FPGA/CPLD devices together with breadboard lab sessions, instead of the early introduction of HDL, can better facilitate the learning of digital systems design.

Keywords

digital systems design

Disciplines

Engineering

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