The next generation prototype ATmega644 board allows students in ECE 4760 (Digital Systems Design Using Microcontrollers) to execute labs with a minimum of overhead and unnecessary complexity in set-up. The legacy system involves using a large development kit that requires obselete connections and converters to connect to the computer. The proposed prototyping board has a microcontroller to USB to PC interface to create a small, cheap, portable system that very simply can be used with a solder-less breadboard for labs and projects. The next generation prototype board involves PCB design and production, and interface construction and testing in order to create a small board that can be mass produced for future classes.
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