Eagle Assignment

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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 submit their eagle files to their TA via email by the deadline listed on the Course Calendar.

S.I.P. (Smart Irrigation Project)

Jackson Lenz, James McMahon

S.I.P. (Smart Irrigation Project)

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Jackson Lenz

James McMahon

Our project is to be a reliable, robust, and intelligent irrigation controller for use in areas where reliable weather prediction, water supply, and power supply are not found.

Upon completion of the project, our device will be able to determine the moisture level of the soil, the water level in a water tank, and the temperature, humidity, insolation, and barometric pressure of the environment. It will perform some processing on the observed environmental factors to determine if rain can be expected soon, Comparing this knowledge to the dampness of the soil and the amount of water in reserves will either trigger a command to begin irrigation or maintain a command to not irrigate the fields. This device will allow farmers to make much more efficient use of precious water and also avoid dehydrating crops to death.

In developing nations, power is also of concern because it is not as readily available as power here in the United States. For that reason, our device will incorporate several amp-hours of energy storage in the form of rechargeable, maintenance-free, lead acid batteries. These batteries will charge while power is available from the grid and discharge when power is no longer available. This will allow for uninterrupted control of irrigation. When power is available from the grid, our device will be powered by the grid. At other times, the batteries will supply the required power.

The project is titled S.I.P. because it will reduce water wasted and will be very power efficient (by extremely conservative estimates, able to run for 70 hours without input from the grid), thus sipping on both power and water.

We welcome all questions and comments regarding our project in its current form.

Thank you all very much for you time and consideration!