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eSyst Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers here to what other faculty have asked at past eSyst webinars or conference workshops.
eSyst Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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eSyst Implementation Webinar Recordings

Home Media Animation
The eSyst Home Media Animation was created to enhance the teaching concepts of electronics systems. This animation covers the audio surround sound system, including the audio video receiver and 5.1 speaker arrangements; the cable/satellite receiver; the Blue Ray disc player; the home media remote; and the high definition television. Each system includes a review of the technology and provides front and back views of the system showing typical connections and control features. The animation also includes a typical wiring configuration with descriptions of the cables and connectors used to interface each of the home media subsystems.

Microprocessor Block Diagram Animation
Ever wonder how a computer works? Using the top=down approach, this block diagram takes you on a journey through the various stages of a microprocessor's architecture. At the system level, the details of each component are concealed, all emphasis being placed on the task that each device performs. For starters, every microprocessor has an arithmetic logic unit (ALU). As its name suggests, this component allows a computer to perform both arithmetic and logic operations. Therefore, it is important to take time to understand how this circuit works by following the animation.

Chabot College
The first full implementation of the eSyst Systems View of Electronics is happening at Chabot College, in Hayward California. Starting August 18, 2009, Chabot began offering new courses in Electronic Systems Technology based on the eSyst project recommendations and resources.

http://www.chabotcollege.edu/esys/

CONGRATS Chabot College - May 2010
The State of California just approved of Chabot's Systems Technology Program courses, degree, and certificate programs. Click here to view the documents: California Chabot College Degree Approval

Learn more about this exciting new Systems View of Electronics curriculum at:

For Course Outlines please see:
http://www.chabotcollege.edu/ESYS

NetWorks NSF Digital Library:  www.matecnetworks.org
NetWorks has over 1300 free classroom ready resources, animations, learning objects, lesson plans, webinars, and professional growth for electronics and other high tech areas. These resources have been created by other instructors and checked by subject matter experts.

Workready Electronics:  www.work-readyelectronics.org
Workready Electronics resources bridge the gaps between textbook topics and new technology developments. WRE offers 24 free modules that are complete lessons in these new areas of electronics.

CDIO Inititive:  http://www.cdio.org/
Engineering education and real-world demands on engineers have in recent years drifted apart. Realizing that this widening gap must be closed, leading engineering schools in the USA, Europe, Canada, UK, Africa, Asia, and New Zealand formed the CDIO Initiative: A worldwide collaborative to conceive and develop a new vision of engineering education. Engineers must possess the ability to use three major modes of thought: Engineering Thinking, Scientific Thinking, and Systems Thinking.

Electronics Explained:
Don't spend time reading about theory, components and old ham radios - that's history! Industry veteran, Louis Frenzel, gives you the real scoop on electronic product fundamentals as they are today. Rather than tearing electronics apart and looking at every little piece, the author takes a systems-level view. For example, you will not learn how to make a circuit but how a signal flows from one integrated circuit (IC) to the next and so on to the ultimate goal. This practical application-driven viewpoint and breadth of coverage is unprecedented. This book touches upon TV, audio, sattelite, radio, wireless communication, and networking. All of this content is brought to life through hands-on projects that you will enjoy whether you are a hobbyist, student, or engineer.

National Instruments Measurement Fundamentals Tutorials:
The National Instruments Measurement Fundamentals Series, your FREE resource for technical test and measurement knowledge on the Web, presents technical content through theory, real-world examples, and interactive audiovisual tutorials. This series, organized into five general categories, is designed for a broad range of audiences, from experts who want to review a specific topic to students who need easy-to-understand documentation for their projects. Select one of the categories below to begin mastering measurement fundamentals. Choose from the following tutorials: Analog Fundamentals, Digital Fundamentals, RF and Microwave Fundamentals, DAQ and Instrument Fundamentals, Sensor Fundamentals.

Application Block Diagrams:  www.intersil.com/applications/index.asp
Intersil has over 100 Functional Block Diagrams for viewing and printing.

What Skills do I need to get Hired?
You can watch it at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A42Tab_bu6A

Alternate Energy Kit

Hobby Projects

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011:

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes173023.htm

SI Unit rules and style conventions
http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/checklist.html

Wisconsin Electronics Skill Standards
http://www.matecnetworks.org/cwis/SPT--FullRecord.php?ResourceId=1554

Interpreting Data Sheets
http://www.matecnetworks.org/cwis/SPT--FullRecord.php?ResourceId=1556

Instructions for Writing Reports
http://www.matecnetworks.org/cwis/SPT--FullRecord.php?ResourceId=1557

Hands-on Learning versus Simulations
http://www.matecnetworks.org/cwis/SPT--FullRecord.php?ResourceId=1558

NI Elvis Resources
http://www.matecnetworks.org/cwis/SPT--FullRecord.php?ResourceId=1555

Scaling Relationships
http://www.matecnetworks.org/cwis/SPT--FullRecord.php?ResourceId=1553

What skills
http://www.matecnetworks.org/cwis/SPT--FullRecord.php?ResourceId=1552

Development Kits

The latest offerings on development kits, evaluation boards, and development tools for electronics design engineers.

Abracon's MEMSpeed Pro Oscillator Programmer Kits
All hardware and software necessary for the user to easily program custom oscillator frequencies in the field, or in the lab.

Digi Drop-in Networking Professional Dev Kit, $199
Proof-of-concept wireless connectivity dev kit to configure and "drop-in" a low-power mesh or multipoint sensor/device network.

Synapse EK2100 Evaluation Kit
Gain a fundamental understanding of SNAP mesh networking and the capabilities of SNAP nodes.

868 MHz RF Module Kit for European M2M
Embeddable RF modules provide up to 40 km RF LOS transmission and are ideal for urban deployments.

Cirrus Logic Inc EP9315 ARM9 Development Kit
A complete kit - hardware, software, and drivers - optimized for use with the impressive selection of peripherals integrated on the EP9315 ARM9-based embedded processor.

Globally Deployable RF Module Dev Kits
2.4 modules, globally deployable embedded RF modules available in low-power XBee and extended-range XBee-PRO form factors.

Texas Instruments' DLP Pico Projector Development Kit
This kit, specifically designed to be used with Texas Instruments' BeagleBoard development kit, provides a new way to include projection into product design.

Digi Jump-Starts Your Embedded Development
Leverage the reliability/flexibility of the royalty-free ThreadX-based NET+OS platform.

TT Electronics/ Optek Technology's OPB780 Color Sensor Eval Kit
Evaluate the capabilities of the OPB780Z color sensor which is a full color sensor with 4 different frequencies relating directly to a specific color seen by the sensor.

Compact, Powerful, Secure Core Module Dev Kit
Digi's ConnectCore 9P 9215 module delivers a powerful, secure, compact network-enabled 150 MHz processor solution with an ARM9 core.

Altera's Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit
The Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit allows FPGA designers to build systems with 60 percent faster performance and 50 percent lower power consumption than comparable products.

Wireless Network-Enabled Core Module Dev Kit
The ConnectCoreTM Wi-9P 9215 wireless core module utilizes Digi's NET+ARM processor and Digi's own secure 802.11a/b/g WLAN technology with full WPA2/802.11i support.

Luminary Micro's Stellaris Family Development Kits
This family of kits provides the hardware and software tools that engineers need to develop and prototype embedded applications right out-of-the-box.

Freescale's MPC8313E-RDB Reference Platform
Freescale's reference platform is ideal for hardware and software development for cost-optimized networking applications.

Rabbit Semiconductor's ZigBee/802.15.4 Application Kit
MaxStream's XBee RF modem with the popular RCM3720 RabbitCore module along with an easy-to-use interface to help customers build a practical ZigBee wireless control network.

Digi International's Drop-in Networking Professional Development Kit
This Kit provides the hardware and software tools to rapidly deploy a real-world wireless sensor/device network and proof-of-concept system.