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UW EE and Agilent Partner to Build Embedded Systems Teaching Laboratories

In today’s sophisticated and complex embedded systems, the sheer nature and quantity of signals that must be recognized and understood frequently challenges the equipment used to measure them. UW EE and Agilent Technologies Inc. are partnering to build a state-of-the-art facility for electrical engineering students which will incorporate all of the industry’s latest cutting-edge electronic test equipment.

Through the generous support of Agilent Technologies, UW EE’s Embedded Systems Teaching Laboratory will receive a dozen 350-MHz touch-screen digital oscilloscopes, with four analog and 16 digital channels. “This collaboration will provide students the opportunity to develop and greatly enhance the skills they will need for designing, analyzing and debugging complex systems that span both the analog and digital domains,” says Jim Peckol, principal lecturer of the Electrical Engineering Department.

Courses taught in the Embedded Systems Laboratories provide an environment for students to learn about and to practice solving the challenging design, debug and test problems that have become routine in industry. The new equipment will help support senior level design courses and embedded systems capstone courses.

The Agilent InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series oscilloscopes are tools for advanced teaching and instructional laboratories. Students will experience how Agilent’s industry-leading 1-million-waveforms/sec update rate, segmented memory and MegaZoom IV smart memory technology provide faster insight into signal behavior. They will experience better usability of the industry’s largest capacitive touch display (12.1 inches) and innovative InfiniiScan Zone touch trigger capability. Additionally, these students can take advantage of the unique integration of five instruments in one box: oscilloscope, logic analyzer, serial protocol analyzer, WaveGen 20-MHz dual-channel function/arbitrary waveform generator and three-digit DVM.

“Agilent is delighted to work with the faculty at University of Washington’s Electrical Engineering Department to help establish advanced learning opportunities for future engineers,” said Bill Wallace, director of university development at Agilent.

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