Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Revision 1
Page 1/2 LAB 0: Lab Intro and PLD PCB Construction
The objective of this lab is to add the required headers and
connectors to OOTB 3701 PLD Board Kit, to learn the lab
rules, and to learn some of the basics of digital circuit
building. Since this PLD PCB is used as our power supply,
we will use it in every lab this semester. To the parts in
your OOTB Kit, students will first learn electronics
soldering techniques and then solder the parts onto their
PCBs. Students will also learn how to use a bread board,
create switch and LED circuits, and to build a simple logic
• Printouts (required) of the below documents:
• Parts 5. i. a) – e) from the Lab Rules and Policies
for your Pre-Lab Report
• Your laptop with Quartus installed.
• Download, read, and store on your computer:
• The lab assignment (this document)
• Parts List
• Lab Rules and Policies
• Hardware: Getting Started and related class notes
• OOTB 3701 Assembly Guide
• Quartus 18.1 Installation Instructions
• Re-read the syllabus, Course Requirements, item 1,
about the polic for missing a lab
• Electronic Assembly handout from Chapter 3 of the
MIT 6270 Manual
• A toolbox containing the following will be given to you
in lab. Verify that your box contains all the parts on
your parts list.
• Prototyping bread board, power supply, wires,
multi-meter, and chip extractor
• IC components, resistors, LEDs, and switches
• Verify the quantities and part numbers of these
• PLD board parts
Although the voltages we are dealing with are unlikely to
hurt you, care should always be taken when dealing with
electricity. When soldering, you should wear safety
glasses. Always be careful. Ask questions and use
common sense. In an emergency, know what to do.
Keep your area clean and uncluttered. Report any broken
or damaged equipment to your PI.
In this lab you will solder the required headers and
connectors onto the PCBs in your OOTB 3701 PLD Board
Kit. These PCBs boards will be plugged into your
prototyping bread board.
It is highly recommended that you take notes while your PI
lectures or performs demonstrations. Feel free to ask
question. You will be responsible for all the material
1. Read all the required documents before your lab.
Download these files to you laptop computer.
2. Read and understand all items presented within in the
Lab Rules & Policies document. Agree to the
document by electronically signing and dating it.
Submit this document (through Canvas) and attach a
screenshot of your completed signature page within
your pre-lab report.
3. If you have not already done so, complete and submit
(to Canvas) the Homework 0 assignment.
4. Create your Pre-Lab Report using something like MS
Word. The report must be computer generated (even
if parts of it are from scans. Ultimately, you will save
this file as Lab0.pdf for submission on Canvas. You
will have a Pre-Lab Report for every lab. Bring a
computer printout on paper of parts 5. i. a) – e) to
submit to your PI at the start of your lab. (This part of
the report must include answers to the prelab
questions. See Lab Rules and Policies.)
5. Take a screen shot of our twitter page (@EEL3701).
Save this screen shot as a figure in your lab document.
You can view the tweets as a web page by visiting
https://twitter.com/EEL3701, but doing it this way
defeats my purpose for the tweets. (You may
alternately get email or text messages from our twitter
feed. Print out screen shots of whichever one that you
6. Install Quartus v18.1 on your laptop computer prior to
your lab. See Quartus 18.1 Installation Instructions.
7. Submit the following to our Canvas account. If you
have the wrong filenames, you will not get full credit
for your submissions. (Note that sometimes Canvas
will append a number at the end of your filename. This
is unavoidable and allowed.) You will not be admitted
into lab without submitting these items.
1. Your Pre-Lab Report
• Submit the pdf file Lab0.pdf
2. If you have NOT already done so, complete
Homework 0 BEFORE entering lab.
You are required to submit the answer to these questions
when you enter the room for your scheduled lab (in the
Summary document). The answers to these questions can
be found in the required readings for this lab. Turn these in
through Canvas, as specified in the the Lab Rules and
1. How late can you arrive for lab and still be admitted?
How late can you arrive for lab and still be allowed to
take the lab quiz?
2. When are your prelab submissions to Canvas due?
3. Can you drop this lab (Lab 0) if … a) you overslept?
b) project is due for other class?
4. Can any lab be dropped?
5. What minimum lab average is required in order to be
eligible to pass the course?
University of Florida EEL 3701 — Fall 2019 Dr. Eric M. Schwartz
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Revision 1 22-Aug-19
Page 2/2 LAB 0: Lab Intro and PLD PCB Construction
6. In electronic assembly, does neatness count?
7. If you are very careful, is it okay to do all of the
soldering (described below) and then show your
finished board to your PI?
8. Should the soldering iron touch the solder while
soldering parts in place?
9. Should the long or the short side of the headers get
inserted into the breadboard?
10. When soldering each of the two 5-pin headers into J3
on PLD PCB, should the short pins point down or up?
These headers are inserted from the top of the board,
where the J3 is visible.
1. As you walk into lab, turn in your Pre-Lab Report,
Parts 5. i. a) – e), which includes answer to pre-lab
2. Get your toolbox and parts from the PI and verify that
you have received everything on the Parts List.
3. Use the multimeter on the resistance setting to verify
that there is no connecton between the power rails on
your bread board.
4. Use the OOTB 3701 Assembly Guide and to construct
your PLD PCB. Be sure to have your PI verify your
key steps in the construction, i.e., solder only a single
pin on opposite ends of headers before showing it to
your PI for approval to solder the rest of the pins. This
• Verify (with your PIs help, if necessary) that the
board outputs 3.3V.
• If you do not finish construction of your PCBs,
you must do so during PI office hours prior to the
start of your Lab 1.
• Failure to follow instructions will result in a
deduction of at least 50% for this lab.
5. Watch your PI demonstrate construction of a simple
circuit with a single AND gate (74HC08), two switch
circuits, and one LED circuit.
6. Clean up you work area and pack up your parts.
AFTER LAB SUGGESTIONS
• Every semester at least one student loses her/his
toolbox. Therefore, you are required to write
something inside of your toolbox. I suggest that you
write your cell phone number or email address. If you
don’t want to write one of these, it is okay to write
what you want, but you must write something
identifying on the inside of your box. We have silver
sharpies to write on our tool boxes. If you like, you
can also write something (like your name) on the
outside of your toolbox