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Vehicular Electronics Courses at Clemson

Automotive Electronics Integration - AuE 835
This course provides an overview of the primary electronic systems found in automotive designs including critical systems such as power train control, steering and braking as well as emissions control, navigation, driver interface, entertainment and communication systems. The course covers automotive communication networks and protocols, power distribution and hybrid system controls. The course also reviews trends in automotive electronics as well as issues (such as cost, reliability and systems integration) that are driving the industry.

Automotive Grounding and Shielding - AuE 893
The course addresses the integration of electronic components and systems in automotive designs. Students learn proper procedures for making accurate electronic measurements and develop the skills necessary to design and integrate electronic components in an automotive system. The course also provides students with hands-on experience diagnosing and troubleshooting electronic noise problems.

Vehicle Electronics - ECE 470
This course provides an overview of the primary electronic systems found in automotive designs including critical systems such as power train control, steering and braking as well as emissions control, navigation, driver interface, entertainment and communication systems. The course covers automotive communication networks and protocols, power distribution and hybrid system controls. Students will learn to use on-board diagnostics to communicate with the electronic systems in an automobile and extract essential system performance information. The course also reviews trends in automotive electronics as well as issues (such as cost, reliability and systems integration) that are driving the industry.

Grounding and Shielding - ECE 435/635
An introduction to electromagnetic compatibility concepts and techniques for students who will be designing or working with electronic systems when they graduate. Topics include electromagnetic interference and noise control, crosstalk and signal integrity, grounding, filtering, shielding, circuit board layout, lightning and electrostatic discharge protection.

Digital Signal Integrity - ECE 493/693
The course introduces the concepts required to design and measure high-speed digital circuits. Topics include: properties of high-speed logic, electronic packaging, power bus decoupling, circuit board layout, transmission lines, circuit parasitics, modeling techniques and effective measurement practices. Students utilize the resources available in the Clemson Vehicular Electronics Laboratory to build and measure actual high-speed circuits.

The first two courses above are part of the Automotive Engineering graduate degree program at Clemson.

Continuing Education Short Courses

The following short courses are taught periodically at locations around the world. Follow the links below for more information on dates and places. Arrangements can also be made to bring these courses to specific locations for in-house presentations at companies or events.

Essential Grounding and Shielding Concepts for System Design (1 day)
This one day training session covers proper grounding, filtering and shielding techniques for electronic systems. Students completing the course will be able to develop effective strategies for ensuring the electromagnetic compatibility of new products as well as troubleshoot and fix many problems occurring in existing systems.

Printed Circuit Board Layout for EMC and Signal Integrity (1 day)
This one day training session on the design and layout of high speed printed circuit boards stresses the fundamental concepts that board designers need to be familiar with to avoid electromagnetic compatibility and signal integrity problems. Students completing the course will be able to make good decisions regarding component selection, component placement, and trace routing. In addition, students will be able to implement effective power distribution and grounding strategies.

Computer Modeling Tools for Electromagnetic Compatibility (1/2 day)
This half-day training session is intended to bring engineers up to date on the latest computer modeling tools available to help them analyze system and board designs and troubleshoot electromagnetic interference problems with existing products. Students completing the course will be aware of the tools available to them and able to make good decisions regarding the tools that are appropriate for their needs.

Automotive Printed Circuit Board Layout (1/2day)
This course focuses on board design and layout issues that are of particular importance to the automotive electronics industry. Component placement, trace routing, power distribution and grounding are discussed with an emphasis on automotive applications. Particular emphasis is placed on effective design strategies that comply with requirements to isolate digital and chassis grounds.

Signal Integrity in High-Speed Digital Systems (1day)
This course introduces fundamental signal integrity concepts. Students will develop the basic skills necessary to design and analyze high-speed digital circuits. Topics include, time/frequency domain representations of digital signals, parasitic inductance and capacitance, crosstalk, properties of digital logic, component packaging, circuit board layout, transmission lines, high-frequency measurement techniques, differential signaling, simultaneous switching noise, power bus decoupling, dispersion, jitter, signal termination strategies and grounding for mixed-signal applications.