DAY LDIEU KHIEN DEN NEON - the Technology Interface...

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the Technology Interface Journal /Spring 2010 Zhu Volume 10 No. 3 ISSN# 1523-9926 A Controller for Neon Lights – a Project for Learning Advanced Software Tools by Jinwen Zhu Department of Engineering Technology Missouri Western State University Saint Joseph, MO 64507, USA Abstract: Modern software packages, especially design and simulation software tools, are widely used by professionals and companies, thus the students exposing to the opportunity to learn the operation of these software tools are increasing important. More engineering technology curriculum now requires the use of advanced software application in their course projects and capstone senior design projects. This paper discusses the application of electronics design and simulation software, through a course project – the control of neon lights, in electronics/computer engineering technology program. The project is the design and realization of a special-purpose integrated circuit (IC) to control neon lights. Realization of the project requires the application of topics, such as combinational and sequential circuit designs, which are presented in the course. The project provides students with the opportunity to learn advanced custom IC design software tools, and a meaningful, practical application of the materials they learned as well. I. Introduction Modern design and simulation software tools play essential roles in accelerating innovation in today’s highly complex integrated circuits, printed circuit boards, and electronics systems. To keep pace with market demand for more performance and functionality in mobile phones, digital cameras, computers, automotive systems, and other electronics products, manufacturers pack more transistors onto a single chip by making the circuits ever smaller. Designing and manufacturing semiconductor devices with such phenomenal scale, complexity and technological challenges would not be possible without electronic design automation (EDA). EDA software and tools are extensively used to design, verify, and prepare advanced semiconductors and systems for manufacturing. The software enables designers of ICs for electronics products to speed their products to market using its hardware simulators to run software on a ‘virtual’ chip – long before the actual chip exists. It bridges the traditional gap between chip designers and fabrication facilities, so that manufacturing challenges can be addressed early in the design stage.
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the Technology Interface Journal /Spring 2010 Zhu Volume 10 No. 3 ISSN# 1523-9926 It is essential for students in electronics/computer engineering and technology program to familiarize themselves with this type of software during their classroom learning. The project discussed in this paper is to design a custom integrated circuit to control neon lights with EDA software commonly used in electronics industry; therefore students expose to modern software tools and learn the basic skills for their future job positions. In
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