PCB Assignment

Video Lecture

Video , PDF Tutorial
Submission may be in either KiCAD or Eagle. (KiCAD support is completely new this semester. Eagle Is the more traditional route.)

Eagle

Description

This assignment introduces you to the Eagle PCB layout software. You will use the Eagle software to design the PCB of a predefined circuit, including the design of custom packages. Please see the assignment sheet for details on the circuit that must be created and the Eagle Tutorial for help with using Eagle.

Note that although other PCB layout software exists, Eagle is quite popular and creates files that the ECE electronics shop can utilize to create the boards for you. Feel free to use another software package, but realize that this may limit your ability to have your board fabricated in house, requiring you to contract to an outside shop. More information on this can be found on the Order a PCB page.

Requirements and Grading

Grading will follow the rubric found at the end of the assignment sheet. Please note that students are required to complete this assignment individually.

Submission and Deadlines

Students will upload their Eagle files to compass by the deadline listed on the Course Calendar.

KiCAD

There are many ways to create a PCB. Many companies and researchers use varying software depending on applications. Eagle is one software tool to design PCBs but there are many more. One widely used open source platform is KiCad (pronounced KEE-cad). Because of KiCads wide acceptance, 445 is starting to shift towards using it as the main PCB design platform that we use. Below is new content that we have created to transfer the Eagle Assignment to the KiCad assignment. As a student, you are free to turn in this assignment in Eagle or KiCad. However, this is a disclaimer that the KiCad assignment materials are still untested as this is the first semester we are making them available. Nevertheless this is also very exciting because the students of Spring 2020 will help to shape this assignment for future semesters! So here it is...

KiCad Assignment

Description

This assignment introduces you to the KiCad PCB layout software. You will use the KiCad software to design the PCB of a predefined circuit, including the design of custom packages. Please see the assignment sheet for details on the circuit that must be created and the KiCad Tutorial for help with using KiCad.

Start your assignment from the provided KiCad project template so that you have the all the necessary libraries included.

Requirements and Grading

Grading will follow the rubric found at the end of the assignment sheet. Please note that students are required to complete this assignment individually.

Submission and Deadlines

Students will submit their KiCad files on compass by the deadline listed on the Course Calendar.

Environmental Sensing for Firefighters

Andri Teneqexhi, Lauren White, Hyun Yi

Environmental Sensing for Firefighters

Featured Project

Hyun Yi, Lauren White, and Andri Teneqexhi earned the Instructor's Award in the Fall of 2013 for their work on the Environmental Sensing for Firefighters.

"Engineering is all about solving real life problems and using the solutions to improve the lives of others. ECE 445 allows you to actually delve deeper into what this really means by providing students the chance to undergo the engineering design process. This requires taking all of the theoretical knowledge, lab experiences, and ultimately, everything that you have ever learned in life, and applying it to your project. Though, there is structure to the course and deadlines in place to measure your team's progress, the actual design, implementation, and success of your project is all determined by you. Unlike any other course that I have taken, I've gained an appreciation for the utilization and benefits of external resources, unforeseen scheduling delays, delegating tasks, and most importantly, teamwork. I consider ECE 445 to be a crash course into real life engineering and a guide to become a successful engineer." -- Lauren White