- May 10, 2016 at 12:47 pm #53643
Imagination Technologies are pleased to announce a new and unique course. It is targeted at under-graduates in Electronic Engineering or Computer Science and should be the starting point for learning about embedded systems. It presents the key concepts in a fresh and jargon-free style – the only prerequisite is some introductory C programming knowledge.
Written by MCU expert Prof. Alex Dean of North Carolina State University and supported by Imagination Technologies, Microchip and Digilent, the Connected Microcontroller Lab (“CML”) uses the popular Microchip PIC32MZ microcontroller based on a MIPS Warrior M Class M5150 core. This is the latest in the family of cores used in the Imagination MIPSfpga Computer Architecture and SoC courses, creating synergy between Architecture/Organisation studies and MCU classes. The CML introduces students to a basic microcontroller and I/O, leads them through real-time operating system concepts and advanced processor architecture, and finally into cloud connectivity.
Why 32 bit?
Many University courses are still using 8 bit (examples: 8051 & AVR) or 16 bit (example: MSP430) MCUs. Although there will still be demand for these devices in the future, they will be in a few high-volume niches like remote controls. The next generation of system designers will almost exclusively use 32 bit MCUs because they support internet connectivity, are more powerful, use lower power, have excellent compilers, and they have easy to use software tools which shortens development time. It is logical that today’s students should start their courses with 32 bit MCUs. This course makes it easy to build an excellent Lecture and Lab series based on up-to-date 32bit CPUs….
The chosen hardware is Digilent’s fully featured “WiFire” board (200MHz CPU with DSP, Arduino Hardware Shield, WiFi…), so it provides a powerful platform that can grow with the Students and their projects throughout their degrees. The software tools are Microchip’s easy-to-use MPLAB ® X IDE, available as a free download.
Details of what is covered in the teaching materials for The Connected MCU Lab as well as how to obtain the teaching materials can be downloaded here. :
English – https://community.imgtec.com/downloads/info-sheet-connected-mcu-lab/
There will be a Chinese version of the information sheet available online shortly.
To obtain the materials, please register to become an IUP member