The 6.111 lab is located on the sixth floor of Building 38 (room 38-600).
During business hours you can enter via the lab doors from the Building 36
elevator lobby. After business hours the sixth floor entrance is locked and
alarmed so you need to enter and leave on the fifth floor and take the internal
stairs up to the 6.111 lab. The usual hours of operation are
|0900||2345||Monday - Thursday|
stockroom closes @ 1725
stockroom closes @ 1715
These times are subject to change, particularly around holidays ;
check the signs near the lab entrance and
make your plans accordingly. The lab will be staffed by Teaching Assistants (TAs)
or Lab Aides (LAs) for some, but not all, of these hours. I am generally in the
the lab Sun-Thu in the late afternoon and evenings until closing time.
Each student will be issued their own lab supplies including a protoboard,
a collection of components used in the assignments, a pair of scope probes,
a pair of analyzer probes, and some hand tools. While wiring and some debugging can
be done at home, most assignments require the use of an oscilloscope,
logic analyzer and other special equipment, all of which are available
in the lab. The FPGA Laboratory Kit can be found at each lab bench.
Additional equipment and parts may be checked out from the
Remember to put your name on anything that you build in
the laboratory and leave unattended, otherwise it may be gone when
you return. There are some lockers for the safe storage of your supplies along
the 6th floor entry corridor; to get one for the semester please ask the
There are five lab assignments to be completed individually. For
each lab you will be asked to turn in a report (or your verilog
code) in addition to completing a checkoff with a member of the
course staff. Checkoffs can happen anytime the lab is staffed on
Mon-Wed, and by appointment (via sign-up sheet) on Thursdays 6-9.
The coming week's sign-up sheet is posted at 5pm on Sundays.
There is a 20%/day late penalty for work completed 1 to 5 working
days after the due date. No credit will be given for unexcused
lateness exceeding 5 days.
Note that each lab has multiple, often substantial, tasks you need
to complete and it is unlikely that you'll be able to complete the work
in one sitting (e.g., the day the lab is due). The lab and staff are very
busy just before an assignment is due so please plan accordingly.