The Center for Collaborative Research and Prototype Development (CCRPD) is located in room E-43 of the Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) building on the main campus of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), which houses the engineering and computer science departments and programs.

In addition to the center, students working on center related projects will have full access to the following labs.

Computer Engineering Labs

Computer Engineering Design Project (CEDP) Lab

This lab has a wide range of hardware and software development tools available such as 20 stations with Pentium 4/Pentium D processors, 1 projector, 2 printers, and 8 HP and Tektronix logic analyzers and digital logic test boxes.

FPGA and Digital Electronics Lab

The facilities in this laboratory support undergraduate and graduate computer engineering courses and research. The lab has desks with retractable stands for computer monitors, and the latest in digital classroom technologies such as interactive educational software, classroom management software, document camera, and USB tablets. Available hardware includes 48 Dell Precision Workstations with Intel i7 processors, 2 printers, and 1 projector. Available software includes: Cadence products for analog, digital, and mixed-signal IC design; Code Composer Studio (CCS) IDE for programming TI microcontrollers and DSPs; HSpice for simulation of analog and digital circuits; Matlab for simulation projects; MicroWind for chip layouts; ModelSim for ASIC and FPGA simulation; MultiSim for mixed mode simulation of analog and digital circuits; and Xilinx ISE for design for simulation and implementation of digital designs on FPGA.


This lab was recently upgraded with state-of-the-art workstations and commercial Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools with a generous grant from the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The facility in this lab not only supports undergraduate and graduate Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) courses, but is also a training and research facility in advanced VLSI design. Using this facility, microchips can be designed with submicron feature sizes and with clocks in the Gigahertz frequency range. This new facility is located in room 404 of the Computer Science Building. The lab is equipped with 20 state-of-the-art workstations (Sun Ultra 40 M2) with the following features: 2 dual-core AMD Opteron processors, 4 GB DDR2, 15,000 RPM SAS HDD, and a 24.1-inch TFT LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle. A wide range of commercial VLSI tools are available for student use including Cadence analog, mixed-signal and RF tools, Cadence ASIC tools, and Mentor Graphics Custom Design & Simulation tools. The lab is also equipped with a commercial 3D printer, which will be used to create the hearing aid prototype.

Mechanical Engineering Labs

ECS Machine Shop

The ECS Machine Shop is a well-equipped shop offering 2 manual mills, 2 manual lathes, drill press, and band saws for basic machining. This provides engineering students with a well-equipped, safe working environment in which those students can design and manufacture their projects for engineering classes, research, and vehicle and team competition through on-site technical guidance. The ECS Machine Shop provides safety training and technical guidance as well as machine operation instruction for the purpose of providing hands on experience which seeks to balance and compliment the strong theoretical education here at CSUF. It serves both ECS and NSM students.

Wind Tunnel Lab

An anechoic chamber is currently under development in the Wind Tunnel Lab (Engineering Building, Room 41) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The chamber consists of a 12’ x 12’ base and is 11’ tall. The floor of the chamber is supported by nine Barrymount leveling mounts (model 26817-1), capable of supporting 1,000 lbs. each. The chamber frame is build up with 2”x4” lumber and the external walls are ¾” thick plywood. The internal walls of the chamber are pegboard which will serve as the mounting surface for 8” tall acoustic foam wedges (1’ x 1’ x 8” AlphaMax Foam) that feature a Noise Reduction Coefficient of 1.33. All materials necessary for the construction of the chamber have been received and construction is expected to be completed by the end of the Spring 2017 semester. This lab has a high-end Dell Precision XL7810 server for processing computationally intensive algorithms and the specifications are: Dual Intel Xeon Processor E5-2697 v3 (2.6GHz, Hyper-Threaded), 64GB RAM, 1TB solid state hard drive, 2TB standard hard drive, and a 2GB NVidia GPU.