STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor company serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and ARM , a global semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier, have announced the creation of an innovation lab initiative to promote the ARM mbed and STM32 technologies in China. The collaboration will develop and expand the Chinese engineering community targeting global Internet-of-Things (IoT) opportunities.
Eighteen polytechnic universities across China have already joined the program, which is also supported by the Association of Fundamental Computing Education in Chinese Universities. The program will offer teaching materials to support embedded system courses based on STM32-based development boards, ARM mbed-enabled embedded system designs and ARM Keil MDK development tools. Over the next five years, the program aims to establish 200 innovation labs across graduate schools, universities, and professional institutions.
“With the increasingly dynamic electronics industry, teaching-materials preparation that addresses the latest technologies is one of the biggest challenges for teachers,” said Prof. Bao Jie, Association of Fundamental Computing Education in Chinese Universities. “Leveraging industry advancements such as the ARM mbed and ST STM32 Microcontroller platforms, the innovation labs can really help teachers to develop young talented people by giving them solid theoretical knowledge, great practical skills, and a sense of design and creativity.”
“Since its launch in the mid-2000s, STMicroelectronics’ STM32 microcontroller family has proven a market success with outstanding performance. The STM32 family and its complete ecosystem helped reshape the microcontroller market,” said Arnaud Julienne, Senior Director of MMS, Greater China and South Asia Region, STMicroelectronics. “Promoting STM32 with ARM mbed in the university programs can help students become familiar with one of the most popular embedded platform at an early stage and demonstrates our support and commitment to the local engineering communities.”
“ARM is successful because its ecosystem is full of inspiring and expert people,” said Allen Wu, Executive Vice president and President for Greater China, ARM. “The IoT represents an enormous growth opportunity for Chinese technology companies on the world stage and we want to support that. The STM32 Innovation Lab gives educators access to the latest teaching materials from the ARM University Program, including ST’s products, to ensure students begin their career path in the Chinese technology industry in the best way possible.”