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Final Freqency Synthesizer Design

Unfortunately, I never had the extra time needed to post the progress of the frequency synthesizer school project. However, you can view all the info pertaining to the project at the website I created for the project:
mike-thomson.com/school/Wulfsberg/. (Alternatively you can try to find it posted somewhere at http://www.cefns.nau.edu/Research/D4P/, but they are always changing the address of our project’s page.)

Frequency Synthesizer

The Electrical Engineering Department at Northern Arizona University (NAU, where I am a student) provides a senior level capstone design course for students. The senior students are grouped into teams and work with sponsors to complete an advanced engineering project. Our senior capstone design team is working with our sponsor, Wulfsberg Electronics, and we will be designing and implementing a frequency synthesizer for them. Wulfsberg Electronics is designing a new communication radio product that will utilize newer and smaller parts than those currently being used, and our project will be a part of their new product. Continue reading Frequency Synthesizer

Senior Capstone Project – Frequency Synthesizer

It looks like our capstone project will be changing. Instead of doing the Assistive Technology project, we will be designing a frequency synthesizer for someone’s project at Wulfsberg Electronics in Prescott, AZ. It looks like it will be a very complex project, and may include some of the following:

  • Designing a VCO.
  • Update an existing PLL chip to with step sizes that are selectable for 8.33 kHz, 12.5 kHz, and 25 kHz steps.
  • Design the control loop filter for the PLL.
  • Design / select a buffer amplifier.
  • Layout the PCB for the design.
  • Testing for all of the above.

We probably won’t do all of the items listed above, but the project will be challenging and fun! I will update this post from time to time.

Update:
View this web page for more info on this project: mike-thomson.com/school/Wulfsberg/

Senior Capstone Project – Assistive Technology

Today we are finally getting our project assignments for EE 486 (our Electrical Engineering senior capstone project.) We were supposed to get them last week, but one of the project sponsors (who was actually sponsoring 3 of the available projects) backed out. This meant that three teams got the projects they picked, and the other three teams (including mine) were stuck to choose from only two remaining projects. Since then, another project has popped up, and I think we are going to get the project that we originally wanted.

The project we want, and will probably get, is with the College of Education (COE) and the Institute for Human Development (IHD) here at Northern Arizona University (NAU.) The projet will consist of Assistive Technology and Audio-Video systems for classrooms. We have some ideas already of the mini-projects that we might include in this, but we will be having a brainstorming meeting with some faculty and students to determine what kinds of technological needs may be present in the classrooms.

In the next couple of weeks, and over the course of the next 9 months, this topic will be updated quite a bit with the progress we will be making.