The design of an FPGA based embedded data collection system, with application to surface profiling

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dc.contributor.author Tidball, Kyle D.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-07T13:59:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-07T13:59:12Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14131
dc.description.abstract Over the last several years, the use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays, or FPGAs, has become increasingly popular in the embedded systems field. However, FPGAs are typically used only as a coprocessor or dedicated DSP. This project proposes that an embedded system can realize a performance gain over a traditional microprocessor-based design and be made more flexible and extensible by using an FPGA as the primary processing device in the embedded system. Basing a design on an FPGA also allows new features to be much more rapidly developed and integrated into the system. This will be shown by designing an FPGA based embedded system for Surface Systems & Instruments’ Walking Profiler device. The system will include support for rotary encoders, an incline sensor for data collection, and an Ethernet protocol for communication with a Windows computer. The implementation of a sub sampling distance measuring algorithm will be used to demonstrate the tradeoffs between hardware, software, and development times. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Surface Systems & Instruments, LLC en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject FPGA en_US
dc.subject Digital hardware design en_US
dc.subject Road profiling en_US
dc.title The design of an FPGA based embedded data collection system, with application to surface profiling en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering en_US
dc.description.advisor Dwight D. Day en_US
dc.subject.umi Electrical Engineering (0544) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US


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