Collaboration between Infineon Technologies and Hitex (UK) is helping to create an embedded systems hardware and software laboratory at Aston University, Birmingham, one of the UK's leading educational centres for electronic engineering.
The facility, named the 'Hitex-Infineon Embedded Lab', is equipped with Hitex's suite of software tools and will provide hands on experience of Infineon's C167CS 16bit microcontrollers.
Aston is the first of a number of universities that the two companies are proposing to sponsor through the provision of hardware, software and technical support materials. The lab is due for completion this month with the first intake of students in September. As a part of both companies' long-term commitment to Aston University, each year they will award a prize to the 'best student' for work carried out in the lab.
Equipped for twenty students the lab is being furnished with: Infineon C1 67CS development kits, Keil C 166 compilers with debuggers, simulator and monitor, Hitex 167 in-circuit simulators and monitors, Hitex in-circuit emulators, Infineon 166 developer's guides and 'DAVE' electronic design tools.
The hardware and software is supported by teaching aids, application notes and technical presentations that the two companies had previously developed for their own use.Wendy Walker, Infineon's marketing manager for microcontrollers, said “We are proud to participate in this project representing, as it does, an opportunity for student engineers to gain practical experience of industrial technology which is bang-up-to date. As a company driven by intellectually based products, Infineon realises the value of technological training. By providing resources for leading educational centres such as Aston University, we are able to help equip engineers with the skills necessary for the future success of the UK economy.”
Hitex's managing director, Mike Beach, said, “I am a firm believer in putting something back into the industry, that over the past ten years has made Hitex one of the leading UK embedded tools companies. The Hitex-Infineon Embedded Lab will train more students on modern embedded systems with standard industrial tools, and as a skills-based industry, this is an investment for growth.”
Head of Aston University's Department of Engineering, Dr Geoff Carpenter, said, “I'm delighted with this generous move. We have a tradition of teaching system design using classical microprocessors and it's served our graduates well. With this new kit we can extend this work by exposing students to modern high performance microcontrollers – the sort of electronic systems that control your car, or the gadgets in your household, as well as equipment in every facet of industry. It is a great opportunity, for us and our students, and a lovely working environment to try out new designs. I just need to be careful I'm not seduced into spending all my spare moments playing with the equipment!”
Infineon's manager for microcontroller products, Wendy Walker (left) with Rachel Won, postgraduate in electronic engineering at Aston, one of the first to benefit from the new facility.
Published in Embedded Systems (Europe) April 2002