In addition to the many achievements by the Vaping Detection & Mitigation teams (in-depth surveys, paper submissions, meeting with senior executives from vaping detector companies, reverse engineering of vaping detectors), they also took some impressive steps in the field of hardware engineering, specifically FPGAs.
Their work has paved the way for a FPGA-centric hardware engineering project in the next session!
What is an FPGA?
It is an acronym for field programmable gate array. It is a semiconductor IC where a large majority of the electrical functionality inside the device can be changed; changed by the design engineer, changed during the PCB assembly process, or even changed after the equipment has been shipped to customers out in the ‘field’.
FPGAs provide benefits to designers of many types of electronic equipment, ranging from smart energy grids, aircraft navigation, automotive driver’s assistance, medical ultrasounds and data center search engines – just to name a few.