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“Hidden” Integration of Industrial Design-Tools in E-Learning Environments

Dr.-Ing. Prof. h. c. Karsten Henke
M.Sc. Johannes Nau
Dipl.-Inf. René Hutschenreuter
Robert-Niklas Bock
Dr.-Ing. Heinz- Dietrich Wuttke
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One of the problems that has emerged during the intensive usage of the GOLDi remote lab over the years is the usage of external third-party development tools, necessary for the software- or hardware-oriented design. The installation and set-up (e.g. of Atmel Studio or Intel Quartus Prime) on a private PC or laptop is quite complicated, requires some expert knowledge to use these tools safely and effectively, and is not always platform-independent. Above this, these IDE occu-py several gigabytes in memory size and sometimes take hours to install. These very powerful tools, of which only a fraction of the offered functionality is need-ed to solve the given educational task, generate a large overhead. In addition, high school and university students may have only little or no knowledge of microcon-trollers, FPGA, compiler linker toolchain, hardware-related languages, etc.
That is why we developed a new tool as an integral part of the GOLDi remote lab infrastructure – called WIDE (WEB IDE) – which will be described in this paper. WIDE supports all the design flows with the only requirement of an Inter-net browser. This means WIDE is running in standalone mode to write and com-pile code in the specific language or directly inside the Experiment Control Panel (ECP) of the student’s Web browser.
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