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ST partners with Chinese universities for 32bit embedded-system devt

Posted: 15 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? ST? MCU? MCU laboratory? Chinese universities?

STMicroelectronics (ST) announced the signing of cooperation agreements with Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and Beijing Jiaotong University to establish a microcontroller (MCU) laboratory on each university campus, as part of a wide ranging cooperation program to develop embedded application technologies and train electronic engineering students.

According to the press release, ST is providing the two universities with its advanced 32bit STR7 ARM-based MCUs and development tools for hands-on embedded systems training, in which the engineering students will work on real-life embedded design projects. Additionally, the company is providing all the necessary training and technical support.

To facilitate the training, the two universities are setting up an ST-sponsored MCU laboratory for teaching and scientific research, and will develop student training courses based on ST MCUs and tools. The two universities will also provide evaluation and improvement analysis of ST's reference design boards for embedded systems. Student training has already begun, in early September 2006, when the new university term started. Approximately, 1000 students are expected to be trained in each university every year.

"ST has a long history in working closely with leading educational and research establishments around the world," said Arnaud Julienne, regional MCU marketing director, Greater China, Asia Pacific and India, ST. "These initiatives will benefit ST, the Chinese universities, and of course, the students, who will gain valuable experience on the very latest development tools used in commercial environments."

Over the last three years, ST has also signed similar agreements with Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Harbin Institute of Technology, where students are trained using ST's MCU products and development tools.

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