Electronic Design and Automation Lab: Migration to Scilab

The third semester B.Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering programme of Kerala Technological University (KTU) has a lab course on electronic design and automation. The course aims to introduce the students to various electronic design and simulation tools like SPICE, MATLAB and HDL. I had proposed the migration of the MATLAB section of this lab course to SCILAB, a popular open source alternative to MATLAB. The migration is now complete with support from FOSSEE . [Read More]

FOSS migration of electronic circuit simulation lab

My proposal for migrating basic electronic circuit simulation lab to the FOSS tool eSim has been approved. The source code and documentation of experiments can now be downloaded from here. eSim is an open source EDA tool for circuit design, simulation, analysis and PCB design. eSim is developed by FOSSEE (Free and Open Source Software for Education) – an initiative of MHRD, Govt. of India. FOSSEE promotes the migration of labs in educational institutions from proprietary tools to FOSS only ones through lab migration projects. [Read More]

Feedback on KTU Syllabus of Electronics and Communication Engineering

Kerala Technological University (KTU) published a draft syllabus for the third and fourth semesters of Electronics and Communication Engineering for the coming academic year. It raised widespread concerns regarding: The depth and vastness of contents The obsoleteness of contents Sequence of introducing concepts and the pedagogy involved FOSS friendliness To discuss the matter and collect feedback from a wider academic community, KTU called for a syllabi discussion meeting at its office on 13th May, 2016. [Read More]

Experimenting eSim- A tool for Electronic Circuit Simulation

I did not have much exposure to open source Electronic Design Automation tools during my graduation course in Electronics and Communication Engineering. My institute had proprietary EDA tools in the lab and all my experiences were limited to them. I must confess I never tried to explore the FOSS world for alternatives until I was in a need to offer a lab course on basic circuit simulation. Web searches took me to the design suite eSim . [Read More]