Freescale opens Electronic Systems Teaching Laboratory

13 May 2014

Targeted at embedded industrial applications, the lab at the University of Warwick is equipped with Kinetis M-0 and M-4 microcontrollers.

It is the first Electronic Systems Teaching Lab targeted at industrial applications in collaboration with the School of Engineering at the University. It features 70 workstations with Freescale’s Kinetis K70F120M Tower Kits along with RGB screens and data acquisition modules for teaching embedded technologies. To complement the Tower Kits the School provides Kinetis FRDM-KL25Z Freedom boards to give students more opportunities for out-of-hours personal use.

Freescale’s Kinetis portfolio of ARM Cortex microcontrollers consists of multiple hardware and software-compatible core processors with exceptional low-power performance, memory scalability and feature integration. Families range from the entry-level Cortex-M0+ Kinetis L Series to the high-performance ARM Cortex-M4 Kinetis K and include a wide selection of analogue, communication, HMI, connectivity and security features.

Kinetis MCUs are supported by Freescale and third-party hardware and software which helps reduce development costs and time to market. The Freescale Tower System modular development platforms donated by the semiconductor company are used in combination software development tools to provide an environment for students to study and explore embedded applications.

The lab is used to carry out educational hands-on training for hundreds of students in scheduled activities and provide a valuable knowledge base for future open-ended designs and research projects.

As part of the collaboration, Freescale experts will be available to provide lectures and presentations at the university to help ensure that students and professors are always up to date with their courseware.


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