School of Electronics Engineering (SENSE)

Facilities

Advanced Networks Laboratory

The Advanced Networks laboratory is to provide hands on experience to the various concepts studied by the undergraduate and postgraduate students related to Computer Communication and Wireless Networks. The students are trained in the laboratory to enhance their practical knowledge and to provide solutions to real time issues. The lab is equipped with latest state-of-the art software/ hardware tools which facilitate the students/ research scholars to develop protocols, implement test beds, and to carry out evaluation of various performance parameters of a scalable network. The lab is also equipped to provide WSN based real time solutions for various applications.

Hardware Facilities:

  • Benchmark LAN-T LAN Trainer
  • Benchmark WLAN-T
  • Benchmark Netsys-T
  • National Instruments CompactRio WSN modules
  • OBU (On Board Equipment) LocoMate™Standard 201 classic unit.
  • RSU (Road Side Equipment) LocoMate™ 200 classic RSU
  • SENSEnuts- WSN motes with IEEE 802.15.4 compliant transceivers

Software Tools:

  • NetSim
  • NS2
  • NS3
  • Wire shark
  • Cisco Packet Tracer
  • LAN- Trainer Software

Advanced VLSI Design Laboratory

The Advanced VLSI Design Laboratory is established with the objective of providing the undergraduates, post graduates and PhD students with an in-depth knowledge of Full-custom and Semi-custom IC Design. It offers basic and advanced facilities in the area of VLSI device modelling and simulation using industry standard ®Cadence EDA design tool (60 full suite licenses available) supported by high performance hardware tools.

Software Tools

Analog Integrated Circuit Design Tools

  • Virtuoso® AMS Designer Environment
  • Virtuoso® Analog Design Environment – XL
  • Virtuoso® Simulation Environment
  • Virtuoso® Layout Suite – GXL1

Digital Integrated Circuit Design Tools

    • Encounter® RTL Compiler
    • Cadence® InCyte Chip Estimator XL
    • Cadence® Simulation Analysis Environment (SimVision)
    • IncisiveT® Enterprise Simulator
    • EncounterT® Library Characterizer- XL
    • EncounterT® Digital Implementation System -XL
    • EncounterT® Low Power GXL Option EDI91
    • EncounterT® Advanced Node GXL option
    • EncounterT® Mixed Signal GXL Option
    • Cadence® SiP Digital SI – XL
    • Allegro® PCB Designer
    • Cadence® SiP Layout – XL
    • Allegro® PCB SI – XL
  • Cadence® SiP Layout – XL

Analog Electronic Circuits Laboratory

In Analog Electronic Circuits Laboratory, students carry-out experiments by designing circuits using Spice simulation tools as well as implementation and testing of analog circuits involving discrete components and ICs such as diodes, BJTs, MOSFETs and Op-Amps. The student projects that involve analog electronic circuits are also built and tested in this laboratory. The hardware and software facilities available are:

Hardware Facilities:

  • Spectrum Analyzers
  • Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
  • Dual Power Supply
  • Multiple Power Supply
  • Analog Oscilloscopes
  • Function Generators
  • Analog IC Testers
  • LCR meter
  • Zealtech Workbenches with 20 experiment boards

Software Tools:

  • ORCAD® PCB University Suite
  • MultiSim
  • LTspice

Communication Engineering Laboratory

Communication Engineering Lab is one of the State-of-art laboratories in the school imparting fundamental knowledge related to analog and digital modulation concepts using software simulation tools and hardware implementations. Experiments are streamlined on transceiver design, modulation and coding techniques involved in wireless systems for communication.

Hardware Facilities:

  • Signal Analyzer
  • Digital Storage Oscilloscope
  • Signal Generator
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • USRP Transceiver with LabVIEW Software Kit
  • Pulse Generator
  • Analog/Digital Oscilloscope
  • Audio Output Power Meter
  • Microcontroller based Function Generator
  • TDM PCM Transmitter Receiver Trainer Kits
  • Frequency Multiplexer and De-Multiplexer Trainer Kits
  • Delta Modulation Demodulation Trainer Kits
  • Data Formatting and Carrier Modulation Transmitter and Carrier Demodulation Reformatting Receiver Trainer Kits
  • LCR Meters
  • Analog Modulator and Demodulator Trainer Kits
  • Sampling and Reconstruction Trainer Kits
  • Digital RF Communication Module
  • PC

Software Tools:

  • MATLAB R2016a
  • LabVIEW 2015 (32-bit)

Digital Signal Processing Laboratory

The Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Laboratory aims to cater for teaching and research activities in various fields of DSP through algorithm development and implementation by means of hardware and software experiments. Various practical experiments taught are overview of discrete-time signal and systems in time and frequency domain, sampling and reconstruction of analog signals, digital filter design and implementation, digital audio effects, spectrum estimation and fast algorithms. The laboratory offers students to practice real-time signal processing by exposing them to the use of some educational DSP kits with real-time capability. Facilities at DSP laboratory include the following usage of students’ activities such as Project based Learning, Research based Learning, Capstone Project, etc.

Hardware Facilities:

  • TI – DSK KIT TMS320C6713
  • Function Generators 30 MHz
  • Cathode Ray Oscilloscopes
  • NI USB-6211 Bus Powered M-series Multifunction DAQ
  • NI USB-6363 X-series DAQ
  • Virtex-5 SXT-ML506 DSP Development Boards
  • DM355 DAVINCI Digital Video Evaluation Modules
  • Scientech 2355 Electroencephalograph Trainers
  • TMDSSK 3358 ARM Sitara AM335X Starter Kits
  • BEAGLE –XM, BEAGLE Bone Boards

Software Tools:

  • Matlab R2015a with DSP Tool Kit/Signal Processing Tool Kit
  • Matlab R2012b with DSP Tool Kit/Signal Processing Tool Kit
  • NI LabVIEW 2016
  • TI-Code Composer Studio v 3.0
  • Speech Corpus – LDC93S1W and LDC93S9

Digital System Design Laboratory

The objective of this laboratory is to establish a strong understanding and to consolidate the basic principles of digital electronics by performing rigorous experiments from gate level to system level. The experimental set up helps the students to design and test digital circuits in hardware using FPGAs and simulation analysis through software tools.

Hardware Facilities:

  • Digital IC trainer kits
  • IC testers
  • Cathode ray oscilloscopes
  • Analog cum digital IC trainer kits
  • Xilinx Spartan 3E FPGA kits
  • Altera DE2 115 developer boards
  • 5MP Camera Interface Card
  • KINECT (MSXB1045 : XBOX 360)
  • LENOVA systems
  • Software defined radio kit
  • HARDWARE ZED Boards
  • AD-FMC-COMMS@-EBZ Communication FMC cards

Software Tools:

  • Xilinx ISE V10.1
  • Altera Quarters II
  • Mentor Graphics ASIC/FPGA tool set

Embedded Systems Laboratory-I (Real Time Operating Systems Laboratory)

Real Time Operating System (RTOS) laboratory (Embedded systems lab I) is regarded as software related tool building for processors that deal with real time processing environment for variety applications includes automobiles and other embedded systems demanding real time processing and making deterministic real time execution pattern. A real time requirement is one that specifies that an embedded system must respond to a certain event within a strictly defined time. The state-of-art RTOS namely Application Common Operating Environment (AppCOE) is an asset to this lab comprised of VxWorks, Nucleus, ThreadX and pSOS. The lab also deploys Keil RTX a royalty-free, deterministic Real-Time Operating System designed for ARM Cortex-M series devices. It allows in creating programs that simultaneously perform multiple functions and helps to create applications which are better structured and more easily maintained.
This laboratory caters to the needs of MTech Students who are exposed to various framework of common architecture that promotes interoperability and cross-platform capabilities among systems and devices. It is built on the powerful open source Eclipse-based framework. Embedded C and C++ applications can be standardized on AppCOE to allow the applications to interoperate and run seamlessly on a single platform.

Hardware Facilities:

  • FPGA prototyping kits and FPGA development kits
  • MSP430F development kits
  • Xilinx Zynq boards with image processing module & RTOS enabled (camera interface)
  • Serial to USB converters
  • Discrete and Analog Sensors
  • DSO1052
  • STM32F0 development boards
  • TI Development Boards(TI TIVA)

Software Tools:

  • RTOS software compatible with VxWorks, ThreadX, Nucleus and PSOS
  • Keil IDE

Embedded Systems Laboratory -II

Embedded systems lab caters to the needs of complete embedded systems solution through the aspects of hardware-software co-design. The laboratory focuses on the reliability-aware design, optimization methodologies and system-level exploration tools for high-performance Embedded Systems and also it provides students with hands-on experience by providing opportunity to build, programme, test and debug processors kits. The facilities include various solid state sensors, top notch processor kits and compilers to work on their practical training, research and project work.

Hardware Facilities:

  • ARM Cortex M0 development boards from Nuvoton and NXP
  • ARM Cortex M4 kits from TI and STM
  • Beaglebone black
  • Arduino UNO
  • Raspberry Pi 2 & 3
  • MARS BOARD Evaluation kit
  • Compact Rio and cDAC
  • Various communication modules like Bluetooth, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, NFC and CAN
  • Display varying from simple LCD to touch screen modules
  • Serial to USB and HDMI – VGA converters
  • Discrete analog and digital Sensors
  • Colibri T20 and Colibri evaluation board
  • IR JPEG Colour Camera Interface module
  • TTL JPEG Camera with NTSC video
  • Speech recognition module –EASYVR
  • Multichannel Electrochemical workstation model Zive MP5
  • DSO1052B – 50MHz 2Ch 1GS/s 16K Memory Colour DSO
  • DSOX2002A – 70MHz 2Ch 2GS/s 100K Memory Infiniivision MEGA ZOOM Scope
  • Digital Multimeter 3 1/2”
  • Mixed Domain oscilloscope
  • DC Regulated Power Supply
  • Mixed domain Oscilloscope – 1GHz with built in Spectrum analyzer of 3 GHz

Hardware Troubleshooting Laboratory

Hardware troubleshooting lab is aimed at providing a full-fledged hardware troubleshooting training to electronics engineering students on various commercial gadgets. The scope of operation of this laboratory is to let students to diagnose the fault locations and to repair the same. The Hardware Trouble shooting Laboratory is equipped with advanced Prototype Multi-layer PCB machine and SMD soldering station. In addition, the students receive training to design, fabricate printed circuit boards (PCBs) and troubleshoot the defective PCBs as well. This laboratory envisages to enhancing their hardware troubleshooting skills which help equip themselves in the industry perspectives.

Hardware Facilities:

  • Oscilloscope – 30 MHz
  • Dual Source DC Regulated Power Supply 0-30V, 0-2A
  • Function Generator
  • Digital Multimeter
  • LCR Meter – Digital
  • Decade Resistance Box (6 or 5 Dial Rotary Type) 1Ohm-1MOhm
  • Decade Capacitance Box (6 or 5 Dial Rotary Type) 100picof-10microf
  • Decade Inductance Box (6 or 5 Dial Rotary Type) – 0.1 mH-10H
  • Center Tapped Step Down Transformer Kit 12-0-12V – 5A
  • Lens – Magnifier
  • 100 W Stereo 2.1 Audio Amplifier Board Kit with Bass, Treble, Volume + Connector
  • HiFi 200 W RMS Stereo Audio Amplifier Kit Board, Transistor Board Power Amplifier
  • 400 Watts MOSFET Subwoofer amplifier
  • HiFi 250 W RMS Stereo Audio Amplifier Kit Board, Transistor Board Power Amplifier
  • 500 watts Inverter Card, Inverter Board, PCB
  • Efficient LT1083 Linear Adjustable Regulated Power Supply Finished Board
  • 6 volt dc emergency light circuit plate with low cut & charging indicator
  • Dainty PF615B Speakers
  • Dainty FR0610 Speakers
  • Dainty DSW06R Speakers
  • High Power SMD LED BOARD 12V DC ultra-bright SMD Led, 12 volt led
  • PCB Design tools
  • PCB General Purpose circuit Boards
  • SMD Soldering Station

Fiber Optics Laboratory

Fiber Optics Communication Lab
The development of Optical fiber Communication systems and networking technology revolutionized the society, allowing first low-cost, high-quality voice communications and high speed internet. The laboratory facilitates basic and advanced experiments for UG and PG level. The facility assists students, in learning the characteristics of optical devices (sources, detectors, amplifiers and other network components) and transmission medium with hands on experience. Students also learn the performance of various modulation schemes and measuring equipment through experimentation. The laboratory supports Project Based Learning (PBL) at UG level, Research Based Learning at PG and PhD level. The laboratory also supports the experiments of holography and coherent information processing. The learning through hands on experience is supported by both Hardware and Software listed below.

Hardware Facilities:

  • Optical Fiber Communication Trainer Kits
  • Fiber Optics BASIC Experiments
  • WDM based Experiments
  • EDFA based Experiments
  • Optical Time Domain Reflectometer
  • Digital oscilloscopes and Laser Power Meters
  • Diode and gas Lasers
  • Optics, Opto-Mechanical Components and Mounts
  • Vibration Isolation Platform
  • Digital cameras and Sensors
  • Holography

Software facilities:

  • ModeSYS 02 Users
  • OptSIM Circuit 02 Users
  • Linux operating system

Rsoft CAD v 2015.06 GUI 07 Users

  • DiffractMOD,
  • BandSOLVE ,
  • Fullwave,
  • BeamPROP,
  • GratingMOD,
  • FEMSIM &
  • ModePROP
  • Linux Operating system

Internet of Things Laboratory

Internet of Things Laboratory focuses on implementations of end-to-end IoT systems, with a variety of embedded platforms state-of-the-art wireless communication and networking protocols (including 6LoWPAN, LoRaWAN, Zigbee, CoAP, MQTT), and cloud platforms for sensor data storage. The IoT lab complements the Advanced Networking Laboratory. The lab provides students with hands-on experience in embedded hardware platforms for data acquisition, and IoT cloud platforms to perform data analytics.

Hardware Facilities:

  • High Performance Computing Cluster facility(HPC) – Dell Power edge server – Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 2.1GHz
  • Cypress PSoC4 BLE Development Kits
  • ST Microelectronics L152Re with LoraWan modules
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Boards
  • Intel Edison Boards
  • Arduino Yun Boards
  • TI CC3200 Launchpads
  • TI CC2650 Sensor Tag Developer Kit
  • GSM and GPS Modules
  • Bluetooth, Zigbee, and WiFi modules
  • Electrical, Electrochemical, and optical Sensors
  • Lithium Polymer Batteries
  • Multimeters
  • Tektronix MDO4104C DSO

Software Packages:

  • Contiki OS
  • Wireless Stacks (Zigbee, BLE, 6LoWPAN, LoraWAN)
  • Arduino IDE
  • Energia IDE for TI platforms

Accessible Cloud Platforms

  • Thingspeak
  • SAP Hana Cloud Platform
  • Microsoft Azure
  • PTC Thingworx (with Coldlight Analytics)
  • ARM® mbed™ IoT Device Platform

Micro controllers Laboratory

Microcontrollers Laboratory offers B.Tech students to learn, trouble shoot and experience novel products and to provide solution for real time problems by providing a solid foundation of programming microcontrollers and microprocessors with the external device interfaces. This laboratory is equipped with the state-of-art equipments and modern Microcontrollers & Microprocessors kit which enables to learn and implement the theoretical concepts pertaining to the Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) and Complex Instruction Set Computing (CISC) architectures. Students are exposed to the latest 32-bit ARM Processor, 16-bit PIC Microcontroller besides the traditional 8-bit Intel 8051 microcontroller architecture and various Integrated Development Environment (IDE) tools. This laboratory is extensively used for conducting lab sessions and to carry out Project Based Learning and Research Based Learning activities by the students.

Hardware Facilities:

  • NXP LPC2148 ARM7 Embedded Board
  • STR912 ARM9 Development Board
  • MSP430 Microcontroller Development Tool Kit
  • MSP430 Solar Energy Harvesting Development Tools Kit
  • MSP430 Based GPS Solution Kit
  • MSP430 Wireless Development Tool Kit
  • PIC Advanced Development Board
  • Single Chip 89C51ED2 With USB Communication Trainer Kit
  • Xilinx XUPV5 Virtex-5 Board
  • AM3359 Industrial Communication Engine Kit
  • RF-Zigbee GPS & Bluetooth Development Tools Kit
  • C2000 Launch Pad Kit
  • CC1120-RF Development Kit
  • CC2530 Zigbee Development Kit
  • Agilent 16801A-34ch Logic Analyzer
  • Intelligent Universal Programmer
  • Stepper Motor Interface
  • Traffic Light interface
  • 16×2 LCD Interface
  • 4×4 Matrix Hex Keypad Interface
  • 4-Digit 7-Segment LED Display Interface
  • 6-Digit 7-Segment LED Display with Keyboard Interface
  • Dual DAC Interface
  • DAC for ADC & temp Sensor interface

Software Tools:

  • Keil µVision IDE for C51 Kit
  • IAR Workbench
  • MPLAB IDE
  • CCS Compiler

Microwave and Antenna Measurement Laboratory

Microwave and Antenna Measurement Laboratory fundamentally facilitates the characterization and high quality experimental verification of the electromagnetically modeled antennas, RF and Microwave devices, MMIC circuits and systems. The major testing facilities are Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) N9918A (30 KHz to 26 GHz) and an extensively built antenna and EMC test Anechoic Chamber that covers frequency from 700 MHz to 18 GHz.
The laboratory also provides the resources for the conduction of experiments on various RF and Microwave devices for under graduate and post graduate students. The lab is equipped with hardware components like Gunn diode and Klystron based microwave trainer benches (X-Band), Passive waveguide components(X-band), Microstrip Component Trainer Kit (X-band), Micro Strip Antenna Trainer Systems (S-band), and Power meter (S-band). Lab is also facilitated with the EM simulation tools like ANSYS HFSS, ANSYS Maxwell, Microwave Office (AWR) and Intellisuite for RF MEMS modeling. With this state-of-art facility, we aim at promoting research through partnerships with academic institutions, government laboratories and industries.

Anechoic Chamber (600 MHz to 18 GHz):
An anechoic chamber is an isolated cabin in which the walls, ceiling and floor are lined with a RF absorbent material to minimize reflections. The chamber facility at Microwave and Antenna Measurement Lab SENSE, VIT Chennai is new facility created recently to generate EM standard results for the antenna testing and EMC far field measurements.

Features of the chamber:

    • o Fully Shielded Anechoic Chamber
    • o Frequency Range : 700 MHz – 18 GHz
    • o Chamber Size : 5.7 x 3.5 x 3m
    • o Shielding Effectiveness : -110 dB upto 15 GHz dB to -90 dB upto 18 GHz
    • o Quite Zone: 1m
    • o Transmitting Antenna :
    •          • Pyramidal horn (600 MHz to 18 GHz),
    •          • Gain : 15 dB
    • o 3-Axis automatic positioned system
    • o Absorbent performance:
    •          • Reflected Power from Absorber : -40 dB
    •          • 0.5 Watt/in2 or 775 Watt/m2 Power Handling.
    •          • Tested as per IEEE Standards
    •          • Fire Retardant as per NRL 8093

Various Test Parameter:

    • o VSWR
    • o Return Loss
    • o Impedance
    • o Directivity
    • o Efficiency
    • o Transmitted Power
    • o Gain
    • o Beam Width
    • o Axial Ratio
    • o Cross Polarization
    • o 2D E/H Radiation Pattern
    • o 3D Radiation Pattern
    • o EMC precompliance testing

Equipments:

    • o Agilent Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) N9918A
    •         • Frequency : 30 KHz to 26 GHz
    • o VNA interfaced software for automatic measurement & graph plotting.
    • o Access panel containing connectors
    • o EMI filter for electrical connections
    • o Fire alarm system

Nanotechnology Laboratory

The Nanotechnology Laboratory facilities have been set-up to support the academic programmes at the undergraduate (UG) and the postgraduate (PG) level as well as for research activities of doctoral research scholars. The laboratory houses facilities for silicon and glass micromachining for realizing miniature devices as well as synthesis of novel nanomaterials by wet chemical routes along with characterization techniques for investigating physical and electrical properties.

Hardware Facilities:

  • Microcontroller based Electrochemical Discharge Machining Set-up
  • Servo-controlled XYZ Motion System for ECDM
  • Pulsed Power Supply
  • DC regulated Power Supply
  • Digital Analytical Weighing Balance
  • Metallurgical Microscope
  • Tip Sonicator
  • Ultrasonic Cleaner
  • Hot-air Oven
  • Hot-plate
  • Magnetic Stirrers
  • High Spin Research Centrifuge
  • Programmable Spin-coater
  • Autoclave Vessels
  • Chemical Island Worktable
  • High Resolution Optical Microscope with Measurement Analysis
  • Keithley 2450-EC (Electrochemical Lab System)

Software:

  • Intellisuite® 9.1 Complete Suite IntelliFab
  • 3D Builder
  • Blueprint
  • Parametric Designer
  • Exposure
  • AnisE
  • BioMEMS
  • RECIPE
  • IntelliEtch
  • SYNPLE
  • TEM w/Piezo Analysis and SME
  • Associated Utilities
  • COMSOL Multiphysics- Semiconductor and AC/DC Modules

Semiconductor Devices Laboratory

The Semiconductor Devices laboratory is designed to nurture basic level practical courses such as Electron Devices, Electrical and Electronic Circuits and Hardware trouble shooting as part of their curriculum requirements. This is one of the sought-after laboratories for circuit branch students.

Hardware Facilities:

  • Cathode Ray Oscilloscopes (Scientific)
  • Function generators (Scientific)
  • Regulated Power supplies-Dual Supply
  • Digital Multimeters
  • Decade Inductance Box
  • Decade Capacitance Box
  • Regulated Power Supply
  • Voltmeter and Ammeter
  • HCL Systems -Intel (R) core™

VLSI Devices & Circuit Design Laboratory

The VLSI Circuit Design laboratory aims to produce trained professional engineers on par with industry standards and also to significantly contribute to the design aspects of VLSI Design and Device Modelling. The laboratory is equipped with the latest IC design tools and sophisticated hardware facilities which help students to learn the required skills thoroughly. The laboratory caters to the need of the Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) students and Doctoral students as well.

Hardware Facilities:

  • DE2 FPGA Board
  • FPGA Application Model With Proto Board
  • FPGA Multifunction Evaluation System
  • FPGA Spartan 6 with pmod pack
  • 5 MP Camera interface card
  • Traffic light interface card
  • Digital I/O interface card

Software Tools:

  • Xilinx® ISE14.1-System edition
  • Altera® Quartus-II 11.1
  • Synopsys® TCAD H2013.03
  • SProcess and SDE
  • SDevice
  • Svisual and Inspect
  • SWB
  • Cadence tools (University Bundle)
  • Mentor Graphics
  • Tanner® –Hipher simulation Tool
  • S-Edit, W-Edit
  • T-Spice and Verilog-A
  • L- edit base DRC Std
  • LVS Std
  • Extract Std.SPR
  • Interactive DRC node
  • Node Highlighting
  • DXF
  • Dev. Gen
  • SDL