STMicroelectronics, Chinese Universities Create Microcontroller Laboratory

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a leader in microcontroller design and development, today announced the signing of cooperation agreements with Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) and Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) 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.

ST, a fast emerging player in 32-bit MCUs, is providing the two universities with its advanced 32-bit 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, ST 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, STMicroelectronics. “The company is strongly committed to partnering with top universities on long-term programs to nurture young engineering talent. 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. At Harbin Institute of Technology, 3000 students have been trained so far; and at Shanghai Jiaotong University, 1500 students have been trained.

ST’s microcontroller products, platform, and development tools are widely used in embedded applications, particularly in automotive and industrial applications, such as in Global Positioning System (GPS) or Point-of-Sale (POS) equipment. Key elements of the STR7 family of 32-bit ARM-based microcontrollers make them ideal MCUs for next-generation engineers: a wide choice of peripherals and interfaces, including USB (Universal Serial Bus) and CAN (Controller Area Network); flexible power and clock management with two independently clocked APB (Advanced Peripheral Bus) peripherals buses; high-quality embedded Flash, with 20 years data retention; and extensive software and easy-to-use evaluation kits.

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