Digilent and Analog Devices Unveil Portable Analog Design Kits
for Engineering Students
March 23, 2012 Press Release
-- All-in-one design kits support classroom curriculum and include
downloadable teaching materials,
textbook, reference designs and projects.
WIRE)-- Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) and Digilent Inc., unveiled today
at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association
(ECEDHA) in Austin, TX, two all-in-one
analog design kits that enhance engineering students’ educational
experience by allowing students to experiment quickly and easily with
advanced technologies and build and test real-world, functional analog
design circuits anytime – anywhere – right on their PCs. Watch an analog
design kit video:
Analog Design Kits for the Price of a Textbook
the price of a textbook, students can purchase a low-cost
analog hardware development platform and components, with access
to downloadable teaching materials, online support, textbook, reference
designs and lab projects to design and implement analog circuits as
a supplement to their core engineering curriculum.
Digilent Analog Discovery Design Kit ($99 USD) and the more advanced
Digilent Analog Explorer Design Kit ($199 USD) allow students to build
and test a wide range of analog and digital circuits using their own
PC without the need for any other equipment. This approach eliminates
the time and space limitations of traditional university lab settings
and allows students more flexibility to experiment with real circuits
through direct hands-on experience. Digilent is the leading supplier
of academic electrical engineering design kits with kits in use at over
1,500 universities in 70 countries. ADI is one of the world’s leading
analog semiconductor companies.
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“Active learning – learning by doing – helps engineering students understand
the process of breaking down larger problems into smaller, more easily
solved parts without losing the overall understanding of the complete
system,” said John Robertson, professor, Department of Engineering Technology,
College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University. “The
two new analog design kits from Digilent and Analog Devices set-up quickly
and generate lots of data making any PC a 24/7 design studio for engineering
students. I believe that students who own design kits and build circuits
frequently learn better, retain more and enjoy the experience.”
Digilent Analog Design Kits Contents and Educational Material
Each design kit is powered by ADI components and includes:
design kits connect via USB to a PC, run Digilent’s Waveforms software
and are based on earlier, field-tested designs currently in use at colleges
and universities worldwide.
“I like the flexibility of Digilent’s
analog design kits. The department doesn’t need to maintain and staff
the traditional large laboratory classrooms for my engineering students,”
said Kathleen Meehan, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. “Students instead
complete experiments after class where and when they want with the analog
design kit they purchased at the beginning of the semester. We provide
help in the traditional way as well as online videos that give students
assistance when they need it – no matter what time of day or night.”
Studies Show Engineering Students Perform Better With More Design
Recent studies presented at American Society for Engineering
Education Annual Conferences show that students with unlimited access
to design tools and hardware, like the Analog Discovery and Explorer
Design Kits, consistently perform better academically than their peers
using the traditional approach of two to three hours of lab sessions
per week. Mean test scores improved approximately 18 percent in some
studies and surveyed students showed more interest, creativity, practical
knowledge and, more often than their peers, extended their designs beyond
the initial requirements according to the studies. Links to the studies
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About Digilent Inc.
Digilent Inc. is a leading
electrical engineering products company serving students, universities,
and OEM's worldwide with technology-based educational design tools.
Based in Pullman Washington USA, Digilent designs, manufactures, and
distributes its electronic design tools on a worldwide basis. Since
its founding in 2000, Digilent products can now be found in over 1500
universities in more than 70 countries throughout the world. As a multinational
company with offices in the US, Taiwan, China and Romania, Digilent
is able to provide low-cost, expert quality solutions for a variety
of customer needs. In addition to its own products, Digilent has OEM
design and manufacturing services for leading technology companies including
Xilinx, Analog Devices, and Cypress Semiconductor.
About Analog Devices
and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has
built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the
technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in
data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves
over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic
equipment. Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts,
with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog
Devices is included in the S&P 500 Index.
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