Lab Facilities

College of Engineering and Computer Science students use the local area network of over two hundred Pentium PCs and Unix computers as well as the large Sun workstation network and the computer-aided design laboratories. Students have remote access to selected computer facilities 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. For additional laboratories used by students as part of their undergraduate CECS course work, please see the list below.

  • The computer architecture lab has ten workstations, four digital logic analyzers, 2 mixed logic analyzers, 10 Spartan 3A FPGA boards, ten System-On-Chip (SOC) Xilinx "Virtex" boards and four Soft scope tools. The workstations are loaded with Xilinx ISE 9.1i design software.

    The Spartan 3A boards support digital hardware design of 700K gates, have a variety of interfaces such as: VGA adapter, RS232 serial port, PS/2, Digital to analog converter DAC, Analog capture circuit, character LCD screen, 10/100 Ethernet  interface, and stereo/audio jack. In addition, each board has 512 Mbit DDR2 SDRAM memory, SPI serial flash, and parallel flash.

    Room: 136 ELB

  • This lab is used for formal instruction in such courses as ECE 300 Signals and Systems, ECE 311 Electronics I, ECE 460 Automatic Control. The lab is equipped with 24 Windows based desktop computers. Matlab, Pspice, Word, gcc, and VHDL software are loaded on these machines. The machines are networked and connected to the Internet. The lab is used very extensively by graduate and undergraduate students for their reports and assignments.

    Room: 201 ELB

  • This laboratory is used for courses in analog and digital control systems. Students also use this lab for senior design projects. The laboratory has been recently upgraded through a grant from National Science Foundation. This lab has 10 workstations all equipped with analog and digital control systems equipment. Labview and Matlab are used for data acquisition and analysis and design.

    Room: 227 ELB

  • This laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art software and hardware for digital systems design. The Digital Design Laboratory was made possible by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as internal funding from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the UM-Dearborn.

    Room: 215 ELB

  • This lab is used for both microprocessor instruction and DSP. The digital signal processing laboratory for real-time applications is located in room 235 ELB. The project is currently funded through an NSF grant. This lab will provide the senior undergraduate students with the necessary theoretical and practical skills in applying digital signal processing to practical problem solving. The lab will consist of 12 (or more) networked PC workstations where each workstation is equipped with the following hardware and software items: 

    Hardware components
    -A TMS 320C31 based boarded with A/Ds and D/As daughter module.
    -An interfacing module (designed and build in the department) to protect the board from accidental overloading. 
    -An oscilloscope, power supplies, and a signal generator. 

    Software packages:
    -Monitor for running and debugging the TMS board. 
    -Simulator for the TMS 320C31 processor 
    -Matlab, Simulink, DSP Tool Box, and other Matlab Tool Boxes Hypersignal 
    Other software packages (word processing, flow chart constructions, etc.) They will also be available for some graduate projects. 

    Room: 235 ELB

  • The newly established DTE Power Electronics Laboratory was developed through a grant of $190,000 from DTE Energy, a matching grant from NSF, and an internal matching grant. It is equipped with the-state-of-the-art power electronics facilities, including induction, PM and DC motors, universal power converter modules, DSPACE real-time control systems, power and spectrum analyzers, digital oscilloscopes, voltage and current probes, and accessory testing equipment. The lab allows the faculty and students to pursue power electronics for alternate sources of energy, including fuel cells and hybrid vehicles.

    Student enrollment in power electronics courses has grown significantly over the past five years, reflecting the increasing public interest in energy conservation and environment protection. The lab allows the electrical and computer engineering department to deepen its curriculum and strengthen it through additional educational and research projects. The faculty team has developed several research projects addressing electric motor control with industrial and automotive applications, power factor correction strategies for industrial and utility systems, regenerative braking, wind power generation systems, hybrid vehicle powertrain, DC-DC converter and inverter systems, and HEV prognostics.

    Room 137 and 144 ELB

  • This lab is used for circuits and electronics courses. The lab has 14 workstations equipped with power supplies, signal generators, voltmeters and oscilloscopes. All cables and connectors are provided at each station.

    Room: 221 ELB

  • The Embedded Systems Laboratory was founded in 2008 with the mission of providing tools and methodologies to support the embedded system courses at both undergraduate (ECE473) and graduate (ECE554) levels. The lab is equipped with the state of art equipment including the mixed logic scope, micro-controller MC912S32, Student Project Board, and the software tools (Code warrior from FreeScale).

    Room: 116 ELB