Rapid Prototyping Modules for Remote Engineering Applications


  • Karsten Henke Ilmenau University of Technology




Web-based education, Virtual and Remote Labs, Web-based design tools, Distance Learning


This contribution describes the concept and implementation for an integration of microcontroller and FPGA based Rapid Prototyping modules into a Remote Lab system. This implementation enables a Web-based access to electro-mechanical models. A student uploads a source file implementation to the Remote Lab server in order to test an implementation directly within a hardware environment. The Remote Lab server offers the interfaces to integrate specific project and hardware plug-ins. These plug-ins access a hardware specific software environment to automatically compile and program the resulting firmware. To stimulate this design, the Remote Lab server exchanges digital signals via a serial interface. To allow the student to compare architectures of different designs using the same hardware model, a specific controller (using the Remote Lab interface) can be selected. For this, an IP-based multiplexer provides the control connection between the respective controller and the hardware model. In our contribution we would like to give examples of such a complex design task and how the students can use different tools during several design steps.




How to Cite

Henke, K. (2008). Rapid Prototyping Modules for Remote Engineering Applications. International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE), 4, pp. 23–30. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijoe.v4i0.532



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