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Smart device innovation lab rises in China

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IoT? education kit? smart device lab? Internet of Things?

China's Peking University opened its Smart Device Innovation Lab, which is backed by ARM, STMicroelectronics and Nordic. More than 200 students from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science with supporting courses including mobile computing, digital system design, embedded systems and digital signal processing will use the innovation lab.

The ARM University Program, in particular, is supporting the lab with academic expertise and courseware for a variety of academic topics, including those focused around Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

"China is set to become a leader in IoT deployments worldwide, so supporting the development of the Chinese engineering community is vitally important," said Khaled Benkrid, worldwide university programme manager, ARM.

STMicroelectronics, ARM and The Association of Fundamental Computing and Education in Chinese Universities announced an earlier collaboration in May 2015 aimed at establishing 200 mbed innovation labs to support smart device programmes in graduate schools, universities and professional institutions.

ARM is also working with Thundersoft, a maker of smart device platforms, on the newly launched ARM IoT Ecosystem Accelerator. The venture was set up in September as a one-stop shop for start-ups and established OEMs, providing integrated hardware and software expertise as well as resources from the ARM ecosystem. The first facility, in Beijing, is one of four planned to support China's expanding IoT industry. Students from Peking University are expected to be the first teams to visit the Accelerator, carrying out projects and learning to create start-up enterprises.

ARM IoT Education Kit

During the opening of Peking University's PKU-ARM-ST-Nordic Smart Device Innovation Lab, ARM launched a cloud-enabled education kit to support China's nascent IoT industry. The kit will teach students how to use the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform, create smartphone apps and control connected devices such as a robot or a mini weather station to gather temperature, humidity and air pressure data.

"ARM-based technologies are providing the foundation for IoT deployments worldwide, and it is important that we give young engineers everywhere the knowledge of the same foundational technologies as their professional peers," said Mike Muller, chief technology officer, ARM. "The education kit will provide an IoT-centred approach to learning, giving students knowledge and tools that are interoperable with real-world applications. This will create engineers who are industry-ready straight from university."

The kit contains ARM mbed-enabled boards from STMicroelectronics and Nordic Semiconductor, ARM Keil MDK software licences, and a complete set of teaching materials. It is designed to help lecturers deliver practical lessons around key IoT technologies. The course also provides a deep dive on technologies such as Bluetooth Smart and an understanding of current industry standards.

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