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Title Use of HP Mobile Technology to Enhance Teaching Reconfigurable Systems for Electrical and Computer Engineering Curricula
Reference 3182243
PI Valery Sklyarov
Participants Iouliia Skliarova, António Ferrari, Nuno Lau
Funded by HP
Global funding (€) 100,000 USD72,463.768 €
RU funding (€) 100,000 USD72,463.768 €
Starts 2009/01/01
Ends 2011/12/31

With the advent of reconfigurable devices, one became able to design and implement digital systems without the need for the technological steps dealing with silicon. Tremendous progress in this area has made it possible to advance configurable microchips to multi-platform FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) containing more than 10 million system gates and incorporating complex heterogeneous structures, such as PowerPC processors. The impact of FPGAs on electrical and computer engineering is growing continuously and it requires a large number of well-prepared engineers in the relevant areas. Thus, new trends must be reflected in the pedagogical activity demanding an ongoing review of the corresponding curricula to incorporate the recent advances in FPGA architectures, design methods, and computer-aided design tools. Note that at the moment reconfigurable systems education is extremely poor and does not correspond to continuously growing requirements from industry. Hence, a stimulating learning environment is strongly required to encourage collaborative and interactive learning. We believe that the network of HP mobile Tablet PCs and supporting tools will allow increasing significantly the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of education making it possible to reduce the gap between the industrial requirements and capabilities of undergraduate engineering training.