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 CSE 370: Introduction to Digital Design, Spring 2009
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Computers

We will be using the Dell PCs located in the Baxter Computer Engineering Laboratory, CSE 003. For all pertinent information regarding resources, usage, and policies, click here. Please do not eat or drink in the laboratory, and respect both the equipment and your fellow students.

These machines were donated to the department by Dell and by Intel Corporation of Hillsboro, OR

The MSOffice software was donated to the department by Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, WA.

The test equipment was donated by Tektronix, Inc.

Logic Design Tools

We will be using Active-HDL from Aldec Inc. This tool combines schematics, the Verilog harware description language and simulation into one package. This tool will allow us to design at different levels of abstraction and interfaces to a variety of implementation tools for FPGAs and ASICs. We will be using the Aldec tools for CSE467 and CSE477, so learning it in CSE370 will be valuable for future classes.
 
Active-HDL from Aldec is installed in the Baxter Laboratory. We will be giving you tutorials for learning Active-HDL. These will be sufficient for this class, but you may want to check out the online documentation as well.

Remote Access

Active-HDL and Quartus are available outside of the 003 laboratory only for students currently enrolled in CSE370.  It utilizes a license server on campus so your machine will require reasonable Internet access when you are using the tool. However, we have a limited number of concurrent licenses for this software.  It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that if you use Active-HDL at home you completely shut down the applications when you are not actively using it so that the license is released for others to use.  If you do not, and we have difficulty getting everyone access to the tool because of this, then we will have to limit home use.

If you understand this usage model and are willing to cooperate in making sure that the most students possible can make effective use of the tool, then you can find download instructions HERE (use this link).


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