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Future Electronics mobilises accreditation for 300 engineers

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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As the first ARM Accreditation Corporate Partner, Future Electronics has revealed its plan to train people from around the world for its ARM Accredited Engineer (AAE) programme, concentrating on the ARM Accredited MCU Engineer (AAME) certification.

Steve Carr, technical director and director of Vertical Markets at Future Electronics in Europe, said that the company is training 300 engineers globally, starting with an initial 30 for the Cortex M3 and M4 programme. These 30 will be the ones to train and mentor the other engineers before the year ends.

"It isn't just about having 30 engineers qualified. The main reason is we take a different approach to the market in terms of engineering resource, moving away from a customer-centric relationship to a client-based relationship," Carr added.

To gain an Accredited MCU Engineer certification, the engineer must cover a broad range of topics laid down in the AAME syllabus, and practise the implementation of ARM-based designs and then demonstrate knowledge in an exam independently administered by Prometric.

In becoming a worldwide corporate member of the AAE programme, Future Electronics is extending its ability to provide advice and support on system architecture to manufacturers of embedded systems. The first 30 (ten each in North America, EMEA and Asia) will provide training internally to Future Electronics staff to ensure that all field applications engineers who provide microcontroller advice and support to customers gain AAME certification by the end of 2014.

"We have to be more than an organisation that's offering spec sheets and devices, we have to be the trusted advisor based on our level of expertise," said Carr. "From the ARM training perspective it ensures that the clients get more than just internal training as this is an external qualification process. We want to remain relevant to our customers and we need to be at the forefront of the technology and continue to refresh our employees' knowledge base. We need our engineers to be agnostic to parts but much more technology oriented to really understand what the best fit is for the customer at the front end of the design process.

"Help from an expert in ARM products at the beginning of a 32bit project can help ensure that design teams make the right choice of architecture up front, and to avoid the mistake of choosing an under- or over-specified core," he said. "As ARM Accredited MCU Engineers, our FAEs will be better qualified than any others in the distribution channel to provide this advice."

Future Electronics corporate membership of the AAME programme validates the company's ability to support customers using microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M series of cores, including the M0, M0+, M3 and M4.

The scheme will also be extended to the microprocessor skills next year.

- Nick Flaherty
??EE Times Europe

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