Digilent and Analog Devices Unveil Portable Analog Design Kits
March 23, 2012 Press Release
-- All-in-one design kits support classroom curriculum and include downloadable teaching materials,
online support, 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:
Complete Analog Design Kits for the Price of a Textbook
For 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.
For More Information and Samples
“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
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 are below. Worldwide Availability and
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
Innovation, performance, 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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Date Posted 3/23/2012