Teaching mixed-signal testing concepts using low-cost test equipment and LabVIEW™ Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • As the number of transistors on an integrated circuit continues to grow, both analog and digital electronic systems are being built on a single chip. As the complexity of these chips increases, a firm grasp of mixed-signal test concepts is essential for the successful entry-level test or product engineer. This paper discusses a set of laboratory experiments being developed at Texas A&M University that introduces these concepts to students prior to graduation. The curriculum emphasizes the use of standard electronics bench equipment combined with additional low-cost personal computer technology to ensure that all interested academic institutions can afford to offer these labs. To demonstrate the type of experiments discussed, an example of one of the labs and its implementation using LabVIEW is also presented.

author list (cited authors)

  • Porter, J. R., & Warren, M. R.

publication date

  • February 2005