A Low Cost Student Constructed Digital Trainer
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This paper describes the development and application of a student constructed digital trainer circuit prototyping system, for students in their first year digital electronic course. The primary goal was to design an inexpensive, simple to use device that could be retained by students, so that they could undertake digital experimentation at home. The device, called the 'PortBuffer', effectively replicates some of the functions available from commercial digital trainers. The PortBuffer consists of a simple external circuit that attaches to the printer port of a computer. The PortBuffer is then operated by a designed MS-Windows controlling software. The student feedback has been positive, with their critical and inclusive comments enabling further improvements to the design.
Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference
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Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified