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Implementation of a digital integrated circuits tester based on FPGA

Grant number: 12/09117-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2012
Effective date (End): July 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computer Systems
Principal Investigator:Ricardo Menotti
Grantee:Camilo Aparecido Ferri Moreira
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


The goal of this research is to develop an automated hardware testing system based on reconfigurable computing. The system should be used in the digital circuits laboratory of the DC/UFSCar to identify and test integrated circuits used in practical classes. The proposed system will be developed with the Quartus II tool, using the VHDL language, and must operate in the DE2-115 FPGA kit coupled to a protoboard through a 40-pin flat cable. This will require a thorough study of the physical characteristics of the circuits to be tested, as well as the kit used as development platform. The flexibility and variety of input and output features present in the current FPGAs, make this technology a good choice for the development of this designs without any need to fabricate complex boards. Since this is a project with physical implementation, it will be possible to apply it directly in the laboratory, through the identification and testing of existing CI.

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