University program launches Embedded Linux Education Kit

31 March 2017

ARM launched the ninth and latest Education Kit from the ARM University Program: the Embedded Linux Education Kit.

This kit provides full courseware on developing embedded Linux products, including Linux kernel configuration and custom peripheral driver development, using low cost yet powerful ARM-based single-board computers.

The courseware is highly modular and includes a rich set of lecture slides with notes, as well as lab manuals with solutions. As with previous Education Kits from the ARM University Program, the courseware covers fundamental theoretical concepts coupled with a hands-on approach that includes real Linux implementations on an ARM Cortex-A9 based i.MX 6Solo SoC, which is available on the low cost UDOO NEO board.

Why an Embedded Linux Education Kit?

Embedded computing is ubiquitous these days. Whether it is in consumer electronics, wearables, automotive, medical, industrial or military applications, modern embedded systems are increasingly relying on powerful processors capable of running full operating system stacks. The Linux operating system is increasingly popular in embedded computers given its open-source nature, large user community base and software ecosystem, customisability and extendibility. This means that knowledge of the Linux architecture coupled with the practical skills involved in configuring and building a full Linux operating system stack are crucial in modern computing. This is why we developed the Embedded Linux Education Kit: to train students and aspiring engineers in Linux development, a skill crucially needed in today’s job market.

Working in Partnership

Partnerships with both academia and industry informed our development of the ARM University Program Embedded Linux Education Kit. From academia, Professor Massimo Violante of Politecnico di Torino, Italy, led the academic development of the courseware. Massimo has been teaching embedded systems design for many years and also has a wealth of real-world collaboration experience with the embedded systems industry.

On the industry side, we worked with AIDILAB srl and SECO USA Inc, who collaborated under the auspices of the UDOO project to produce the ARM Cortex-A9 based UDOO NEO single board computer, the target of our Embedded Linux Education Kit labs. The UDOO NEO board is both low cost and powerful, and retails from USD $49.90.

To offer customers complete solutions, including convenient access to hardware platforms, ARM has partnered with Mouser to distribute the UDOO NEO boards to academic institutions worldwide.

The Embedded Linux Education Kit teaching materials are available free of charge to qualified academics from universities worldwide. In addition to providing technical support for courseware development, the UDOO project is also supporting this Embedded Linux Education Kit with seed hardware, to be donated to selected academic adopters from universities worldwide.

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