Digital Systems Concentration

For those that choose Electrical Engineering as a major but still have a strong interest in digital and embedded systems, LSSU provides the Digital Systems Concentration.

Potential Jobs

  • Designing the next smartphone.
  • Designing and testing the communication systems in an automobile.
  • Designing and testing the tracking system for a solar photovoltaic energy conversion system.
  • Designing and testing the next Intel chip or supercomputer.

Courses

This concentration consists of the following courses:

  • EGEE320: Digital Design
    • At the heart of most digital systems is a microcontroller, Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), and/or Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).
      • This course enables students to understand how FPGAs function and how to program them using a Hardware Descriptor Language (HDL) and schematics. HDL simulations are also examined in depth.
      • The course also enables students to design more advanced circuits using ASICs and/or interface individual IC chips with other circuitry.
    • It extends the information from the digital fundamentals course (EGEE125) and focuses on more complex design issues using FPGAs as the primary tool to implement designs.
  • EGEE355: Microcontroller System Design
    • This course extends the information from the first microcontrollers course (EGEE250) such that a student will have comprehensive understanding of how microcontrollers are utilized. Specifically, students learn:
      • Programming in a higher-level language (C) in addition to the previously learned assembly language.
      • Many of the remaining peripherals common to most microcontrollers and some specific to the 9S12s used in lab.
      • Interfacing techniques to enable the microcontroller to communicate with users and its environment.
  • EGEE425: Digital Signal Processing
    • This course explores how digital signals are processed in both analog and digital systems. This includes mathematical theory behind:
      • The acquisition of the signals.
      • The processing of the signals.

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