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Unformatted text preview: Computer Engineering @ UAH Aleksandar Milenkovi The Laboratory for Advanced Computer Systems and Architectures (LaCASA) Electrical and Computer Engineering Department The University of Alabama in Huntsville Email: milenka@ece.uah.edu Web: http://www.ece.uah.edu/~milenka , http://www.ece.uah.edu/~lacasa September 18, 2009 Huntsville, AL A. Milenkovic 2 Outline PART I Introduction To Computer Engineering What Is Computer Engineering? What Do Computer Engineers Do? Why Computer Engineering? Computer Engineering @ UAH PART II LaCASA Laboratory A. Milenkovic 3 What Is Computer Engineering? The creative application of engineering principles and methods to the design and development of hardware and software systems Discipline that combines elements of both electrical engineering and computer science . Computer engineers are electrical engineers that have additional training in the areas of software design and hardware software integration A. Milenkovic 4 What Do Computer Engineers Do? Computer engineers are involved in all aspects of computing Design of computing devices (both Hardware and Software) Where are computing devices? Embedded computer systems (low end high end) In: cars, aircrafts, home appliances, missiles, medical devices,... Entering: clothes, shoes, pens, .... everything will go smart Mobile personal communicators/digital assistants Game consoles Personal computers High end servers Clusters, supercomputers A. Milenkovic 5 What Do Computer Engineers Do? (contd) Working with analog sensors Designing mixed signal circuits Designing integrated circuits Designing microprocessors (architecture , logic , circuit level) Designing storage devices (memory, flash, hard disks) Designing computer networks (wired and wireless) Writing embedded software for real time systems (automotive, avionics, military) Writing system software (operating systems, device drivers) Writing application software Testing and evaluating computer systems and networks Optimizing, fine tuning, recovering, deploying, and securing computer systems and networks Hardware Software Services A. Milenkovic 6 Why Computer Engineering? CHANGE! It is exciting. It has never been more exciting! It impacts every aspect of human life. Eniac, 1946 (first stored program computer) Occupied 50x30 feet room, weighed 30 tones, contained 18000 electronic valves, consumed 25KW of electrical power; capable to perform 100K calc. per second PlayStation Portable (PSP) Approx. 170 mm (L) x 74 mm (W) x 23 mm (D) Weight: Approx. 260 g (including battery) CPU: PSP CPU (clock frequency 1~333MHz) Main Memory: 32MB Embedded DRAM: 4MB Profile: PSP Game, UMD Audio, UMD Video A. Milenkovic 7 Why Computer Engineering?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course EE 1001 taught by Professor Hite during the Fall '11 term at University of Alabama - Huntsville.

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