Electronics Projects Lab #1 - BE111

  • Maximum Number of Students per Section: 16
  • Recommended Students per Section: 16 or less
  • Number of Lab Stations: 8
  • Lab Stations with Computers (Windows XP): 8

General Description

2010 Student working on project in JBEB111

This a special class laboratory used for investigation of electronic control systems, electronic communications and computer controlled (IEEE488 or GPIB) instrumentation. Lab is equipped with eight lab benches with nearly identical electronic equipment. Lab access is typically available 24/7 for lab students, unless problems develop with class at which time access becomes restricted to TA attended hours. Student access to lab is via "Jack's Lounge" doorway where the door has an electronic combination lock (Omnilock) installed. Each student is given their own keycode, which must be kept secure from others. Electronic lock tracks access by students. A second doorway leads to the outside and is only to be used for emergency exit or by lab staff to move materials.

Lab Rules

1. No Food or Drink is permitted in the lab. Exception are only for sealed water bottles and lunches kept within your backpacks. This rule is needed to protect expensive equipment and to protect people from ingesting hazardous materials. Often soldering, gluing and other fabrication may take place in the lab. These activities leave small amounts of materials behind which would not be good to ingest.

2. Enrolled students for course only allowed in lab. Do not let other students into lab. Lab is reserved for the exclusive use of students enrolled in the course and for students that have made prior arrangements with BELS and faculty for use of the lab.

3. Do not remove oscilloscope probe tips. Oscilloscope probes are very expensive, sensitive instruments and are not simply clips. Removal of tips often results in probe tip damage or loss. Replacement probes can cost $200 or more. Damages will result in canceling 24/7 lab access, revoking student codes and making lab only available during TA attended lab times.

Course List

Typical courses: CMPE173L, EE151, EE153, EE154; Various other Computer or Electrical Engineering Course as needed.

Lab Equipment & Facilities

Lab Stations (8 with the following equipment).

(1) Digital Oscilloscope, 500MHz, 4 Channel, IEEE488-GPIB interface, Tektronix Model 3054
(1) Digital Multimeters, IEEE488-GPIB interface, HP34401A
(1) Triple Output DC Power Supply, Digital Display, IEEE488-GPIB interface, HP3631A
(1) Arbitrary Function/Waveform Generator, 15MHz, IEEE488-GPIB interface, HP33120A
(1) Data Acquisition Switch Unit, IEEE488-GPIB interface, HP34970A
IEEE-488 GPIB Cables connecting above equipment to computer.
(2) Lab Stools with Castors
(1) 6x3ft lab bench with shelf

Computers (typically 1 per bench unless removed for other classes)
Dell Pentium 3 Computer with 17in CRT Display
450MHz, 256MB memory, 9.2GB Harddrive, 250MB Zip, 3.5" floppy, CDROM
1 National Instruments PCI-GPIB Card (IEEE-488.2 Interface)
Networked to SOELABS Windows 2000 domain via 100baseT connection.

Software Listing (1/2/03)
Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2
Cadence 14.1/OrCAD 9.2.3
ModelSim XE11 V5.6a
Matlab 6.1 (SOE network licensed)
SSH Secure Shell & SFTP Version 2.4.0
Adobe Acrobat 5.0.5
Windows Media Player 7.01
Internet Explorer 5
Winzip 8.0

Common Lab Equipment
(1) Laserprinter, HP Laserjet 4000N (BE-111 Print)
(2) Lockable cabinets for TA supplies
(2) white boards.

Optional Equipment (shared with other labs, not always available)
(4) Spectrum Analyzers, 9K-1.8GHz, IEEE488-GPIB interface, HP8591E
(4) Signal Generator, 350KHz - 1000MHz, IEEE488-GPIB interface, HP8647A
Solder Irons
Miniature Drill Press
(4) Microscopes
(2) Metcal Surface Mount Soldering Stations