There are 25 bench positions, available on a first come first served basis.
A range of equipment, including oscilloscopes, power supplies and signal generators are held on the racking in the lab. Please replace these after use.
Report faulty equipment to the technician and don't just put it back for someone else to find !
There are 40 lockers in the laboratory to enable you to store your project hardware. Locker keys are available for a refundable deposit of £10. See the Technical officer who will give you a form to take to the student centre. In times of high demand students may have to share lockers.
When you have finished with your key return it to the Technical officer who will give you another key form to take to the student centre to get your deposit back.
You will normally build and develop your hardware on prototype board which allows you to quickly insert and remove components without soldering, or vero board. These are available from the technical staff.
Single core wire, resistors and capacitors are available in the lab.
Students are expected to supply their own tools.
There are several options for Microprocessors for use in your projects.
MikroElectonika do an excellent C compiller for majority of the PIC Microcontrollers which is free of charge and has a good library and support form their web site.
Another option from Arduino is a very good option for projects as they are offered in various sizes and configurations at a very reasonable cost.
The software is free and works on Windows, OS X and Linux. There is a good range of libraries to support the various boards and common applications and its based on C.
All of the above use a USB interface allowing software to be uploaded which means no seperate programmers are not required and can be used on student laptops.
Paltronic also do an Arduino board of there own.
Please note most of the SDKs have a limit of 2k of code.
There are a wide range of devices avaliable and a free sample is usually suppled direct from the manufacturer. We have a small quantity of PIC programmers but they can also be programmed from the T51 programmer.
MPLABX is the IDE used for microchip products and is freely avaliable from the manufactures web site. They also offer a C compiler free of charge on their web site.