Digital Electronics for NI ELVIS II/II+

The FPGA capabilities on the Digilent Digital Systems Development Board (DSDB) add-on for NI ELVIS is used to physically demonstrate concepts taught in the lab.
This course is an intermediate level course that covers both combinational and sequential digital electronics topics. Course topics range from simulating logic gates in NI Multisim to building and deploying PLD circuits to an FPGA target. Theoretical concepts are reinforced through hands-on experiences using the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS). This is an online, interactive course powered by Thinkscape. Each included lab contains instructions, multimedia, and assessments in an online environment where students can learn at their own pace.  As an instructor, you can create and edit instances of this course, assign them to students, and view their progress.  This in conjunction with the Digital Systems Development Board (DSDB) ELVIS add-on, facilitate the comprehension of the variety of digital electronic concepts presented in this course. The course set also offers project based applications that combine and reinforce skills students learn throughout the course.
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  • Students evaluate the benefits of using simulated hardware and reconfigurable hardware
  • Students understand that boolean operations are the foundation of digital logic 
  • Students apply logic theory to develop practial, digital electronic applications such as counters, multiplexers, and finite state machines
Level Second or Third Year University
Topic Digital Electronics
Style Traditional Lab, Project-Based Learning 
Prerequisite Skills Introductory physics and circuits 


Related Resources


These labs have related concepts that can expand student experience.


The NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) is a versatile laboratory platform that enables educators to teach over 20 different courses across science and engineering departments. The NI ELVIS integrates 12 common lab instruments including an oscilloscope, function...


Multisim is a circuit simulation tool built for educators to teach analog, digital, and power electronics by connecting simulation to experimentation. 

Digital System Development Board

The Digital System Development Board (DSDB) is a digital electronics and FPGA trainer board with a Zync 7020 FPGA and 19 different periphrials to program and experiment to get a hands-on understanding of digital electronics. Programmable with Multisim, HDL, or LabVIEW, the DSDB takes students from...

Required Software

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  • NI ELVISmx Software Suite 14.0 or later (Includes Multisim 14.0 or later and required driver) - Download
  • Vivado Webpack HL - Download 
Note: After installing the Vivado Webpack HL, an additional Digilent driver will need to be installed for NI DSDB. This will be located at C:\NIFPGA\programs\Vivado2014_4\data\xicom\cable_drivers\nt64\digilent.

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